WatchGuard Announces Defense In Depth Solution To Combat Latest Internet Worm Threats

New Solution Augments Best of Breed Firewall and VPN Appliances With Web Server Protection

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 6, 2001–WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:WGRD), a leader in Internet security, today announced new defense-in-depth solutions designed to protect enterprise networks and servers against damage from Internet worms, such as Code Red and its derivatives.

The new Wormbuster solutions are designed for companies with Web sites running Microsoft(R) IIS on Windows NT(R) and Windows(R) 2000 servers, and enable these customers to rapidly deploy comprehensive protection for their systems from a range of security threats at both the network perimeter and server level.

“Internet worms such as Code Red are the hacking wave of the future,” said Jack Danahy, senior vice president, Server Security at WatchGuard. “They are automated, they can strike at random and spread quickly, and they are carried in trusted traffic. To combat the threat, networks need protection at the perimeter as well as protection on servers. This approach is the foundation of the WatchGuard defense-in-depth security strategy, and these new solutions enable our customers to implement comprehensive security quickly in order to protect their network.”

Many existing products are inadequate against Internet worm attacks, providing protection from the network effects of the attack, such as denial of service, but ignoring the exploits executed on the server itself, such as the installation of Trojan horses, back doors, and the corruption of Web content. The recent proliferation of Internet worms and related forms of malicious hacks signals the need for an easy and comprehensive security solution. The powerful combination of the award-winning WatchGuard Firebox products and the innovative, one-button Web site security of AppLock/Web is designed to protect WatchGuard customers from damage at every level of attack.

“When Code Red attacked, we were ready,” said Daniel Amatulli, IT manager for Royalblue N.A. “We had AppLock/Web in place to block the exploits on our server, while the Firebox continued to limit the types of traffic that were allowed inside the network.”

Pricing and Availability

The Wormbuster Kit/700 consists of a Firebox 700 and AppLock/Web, and is available now at a suggested list price of $2,620 in the U.S. The Wormbuster Kit/1000 consists of a Firebox 1000 and AppLock/Web, and is available now at a suggested list price of $5110 in the U.S. Both products include a one-year subscription to the LiveSecurity Service, providing electronic technical support and software updates. To contact your local reseller, please visit http://www.watchguard.com/sales/.

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

WatchGuard (Nasdaq:WGRD) is a leading provider of dynamic, comprehensive Internet security solutions designed to protect enterprises that use the Internet for e-business and secure communications. The Company is a pioneer in the creation of the plug-and-play Internet security appliance and server security software. The Company’s innovative LiveSecurity Service enables organizations and users to keep their security systems up-to-date, and its ServerLock and AppLock/Web software provides server content and application security to protect critical data and services against unauthorized or unintentional access or manipulation. For more information, please call 206/521-8340 or visit www.watchguard.com.

Certain statements in this press release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the time the statements are made and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or implied by the forward-looking statements. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements for many reasons, including the risks described under “Factors Affecting Our Operating Results, Our Business, and Our Stock Price” in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2001, and in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings from time to time. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon these forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date of this release.

WatchGuard(R) and LiveSecurity(TM) are either a trademark or registered trademark of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Firebox, ServerLock, AppLock and Wormbuster are trademarks of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.




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