WatchGuard Releases Update to Heuristic Zero-Day Protection Engine

    Unified Threat Management (UTM) Technology Leader Enhances Its Advanced
Threat Detection Capabilities

    SEATTLE, September 19 /CNW/ - WatchGuard Technologies, Inc., the
technology leader in unified threat management (UTM) solutions, today
announced the release of a new POP3 proxy to its already robust zero-day
protection engine, giving users of the Firebox X Core and Peak UTM appliances
another tool in the fight against network threats. WatchGuard's heuristic
zero-day protection engine pro-actively guards against malicious attacks,
including zero-day threats, in which the vulnerability or virus has not yet
been discovered. The added POP3 proxy provides POP3 level gateway protection,
essentially putting a virtual watch guard at the email gateway monitoring for
suspicious activity based on a programmed set of acceptable protocols, and
taking aggressive action against unwelcome intrusion.

    "By understanding the various classes of attacks, WatchGuard's Firebox
UTM solutions provide reliable protection on a very broad level against whole
families of threats," explained Tim Helming, a product manager for
WatchGuard's Core and Peak series UTM appliances. "Several thousands of new
threats are launched each year, most of which use techniques that are closely
related, and statistically predictable. It is rare that an entirely new class
of attack emerges. By recognizing and neutralizing threats at the gateway, the
WatchGuard Firebox appliances provide instantaneous protection that doesn't
require a signature or patch to be applied before receiving the benefit of

    Unlike with standard anti-virus email scanners, WatchGuard's new POP3
proxy isn't limited to just scanning for threats based on the currently
available signature set. The proxy scans traffic passing through the gateway
allowing only activity which conforms to acceptable protocols. Programs that
execute outside acceptable protocols are disallowed entry to the network,
effectively incapacitating the attack. By providing an engine that
pro-actively identifies and eliminates threats before they've been discovered
en-masse, WatchGuard is able to offer users of its Firebox X UTM appliances
true zero-day threat protection - an ability that the other major UTM
appliance vendors currently lack.

    "With the other major UTM appliance vendors currently lacking a
pro-active threat detection and elimination capability, WatchGuard has a
distinct advantage in the marketplace," said Mark Romano, Director of
Marketing Communications and Channel for WatchGuard. "WatchGuard recognizes
the need for virus-specific security measures and we do employ them as one
part of our overall security solution. We also recognize that signatures
provide only a reactive solution, leaving networks exposed until the exploits
are identified and patched. This does not constitute true zero-day protection.
As more CIO's and CTO's become aware of this fact, they realize their networks
are serving as guinea pigs for the anti-virus signature industry."

    The POP3 proxy update to WatchGuard's zero day protection engine was made
available today as part of a larger release to WatchGuard's Fireware(R)
operating software for their Firebox X Core(TM) and Peak(TM) UTM appliance
lines. In addition to enhancing WatchGuard's zero day protection engine, the
Fireware 9.1 update introduces a robust set of function enhancements and
management features to give network administrators more options for managing
the security of their installations, such as a quarantine capability for
spamBlocker, virus scanning for FTP and POP3 traffic, and unlimited file size
scanning for AV.

    About WatchGuard

    Since 1996, WatchGuard Technologies has provided reliable, easy to manage
security appliances to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide.
WatchGuard's Firebox X family of unified threat management (UTM) solutions
provides the best combination of strong, reliable, multi-layered security with
the best ease of use in its class. All products are backed by LiveSecurity(R)
Service, a ground-breaking support and maintenance program. WatchGuard is a
privately owned company, headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices
throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. For more
information, please visit

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