WatchGuard Announces Mobile User VPN and Customized Firewall Rule Capabilities for the Firebox SOHO

Tighter integration between Firebox III and Firebox SOHO products to benefit system administrators

SEATTLE–Oct. 25, 2001–WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:WGRD), a leader in Internet security solutions, today introduced the Firebox SOHO 5.0 and Firebox SOHO/tc 5.0, a comprehensive firewall and virtual private networking (VPN) solution with new mobile user VPN capabilities and increased customization functionality.

The new version 5.0 software offers a significant update to the operations and capabilities of the Firebox SOHO firewall, bringing firewall functionality to a new level for small businesses.

Standalone Firebox SOHO 5.0 users will benefit from the redesigned Web-based management interface that provides a substantially higher level of firewall functionality, in an easier to use format. Recognizing the need for control by IP address and service for both incoming and outgoing traffic, WatchGuard took the powerful filtering capabilities of the Firebox III family and integrated them into the Firebox SOHO products. The closer integration of Firebox III models and Firebox SOHO capabilities will benefit network administrators by making it easier for them to efficiently implement uniform security policies for corporate and branch offices.

The new Mobile User VPN option allows the Firebox SOHO to host up to five remote user IPSec VPN connections. Using the latest SafeNet VPN client which includes personal firewall capabilities, remote users can securely connect directly to the Firebox SOHO, and gain full access to the protected network. In addition, a new secure remote management feature offers remote administrators with a PC and Internet connection direct, full, and secure access to the Firebox SOHO and their network.

“WatchGuard’s enhanced software delivers enriched firewall functionality, flexible VPN communications and enhanced interoperability for the SOHO market,” said Mark Stevens, senior vice president of network security at WatchGuard. “With our new Firebox SOHO capabilities we’ve furthered our reputation and leadership for ease-of-use, security and manageability.”

Pricing, Availability and Support

The Firebox SOHO software includes a one-year subscription to WatchGuard’s award winning LiveSecurity Service, providing access to security advisories, information, counsel and technical support. The Firebox SOHO 5.0 software will be available directly from WatchGuard for current LiveSecurity Service subscribers at no charge beginning October 30th. To purchase a Firebox SOHO or Firebox SOHO/tc and for pricing information, contact your local reseller at

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, the Firebox, 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 provide 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

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 and AppLock are trademarks of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

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