WatchGuard upgrades software on its appliances

WatchGuard released the latest version of network security software for its Firebox X Peak, Core and Edge unified threat management appliances. Version 10 includes a myriad of new features to keep users securely connected to their network. For instance, Fireware 10 and Edge 10 now integrate SSL VPN functionality.

Further addressing secure mobility needs, both operating systems will support Mobile VPN for Windows Mobile devices, and for workers who use voice over IP or video conferencing, Fireware 10 and Edge 10 support SIP and H.323 connections. Additionally, Edge 10 includes a wireless bridge mode that extends secure connectivity for wireless users.

Once connected, users and network administrators will appreciate the new single sign-on capability, which provides pass-through authentication to help users stay seamlessly connected to their corporate networks.

For customers running the optional WatchGuard spamBlocker security subscription, version 10 now includes support for Virus Outbreak Detection, an advanced, real-time security technology that identifies and blocks e-mail based malware, including spam, viruses and phishes. Because VOD uses Recurrent Pattern Detection technology, no signature updates are required, thus giving connected users immediate protection against unknown, “zero-day” virus attacks.

Additionally, Fireware 10 adds support for Vasco’s popular two-factor authentication solutions for businesses that require the highest levels of secure connectivity. In summary, these features help workers stay more securely connected than ever before, thus allowing businesses to focus on productivity rather than employee help desk calls.

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