WatchGuard XTM 1050 – First extensible threat management appliance

WatchGuard today previewed its first extensible threat management (XTM) network security appliance, the WatchGuard XTM 1050, at Interop New York.

Designed for enterprise campuses, data centres and other high-performance network environments, the WatchGuard XTM 1050 sets a new standard for high security and high performance by achieving 10Gbps firewall and 2Gbps IPSec throughput with dual quad-core Intel processors and advanced crypto-acceleration hardware.  Coupled with power and performance, the WatchGuard XTM 1050 incorporates key elements of WatchGuard’s XTM vision, including uncompromising security, extensible networking and management features, and unparalleled ownership benefits.

WatchGuard, the pioneer of deep packet inspection firewalls coupled with application proxy technologies, innovates again with the XTM 1050 by including two new security features: HTTPS inspection and VoIP security.

Although the ‘S’ in HTTPS stands for secure, it also means to network administrators that HTTPS packets are virtually invisible to inspection, which opens networks to potential ‘drive-by downloads’, or other malicious applications.  With WatchGuard’s full HTTPS proxy technology in the XTM 1050,  HTTPS is no longer a risk waiting to be exploited.

Likewise, WatchGuard recognises that as more enterprise and mid-market businesses adopt VoIP, they open themselves to exploits.  By utilising a host of high security technologies, including network address translation, port obfuscation, and SIP and H.323 proxies, the WatchGuard XTM 1050 becomes an ideal security appliance to prevent would-be VoIP system and network hackers.

Like all other WatchGuard network security appliances, the XTM 1050 will offer optional security service subscriptions, including WatchGuard spamBlocker with virus outbreak detection, WatchGuard WebBlocker for URL and content filtering and WatchGuard Gateway Anti-Virus and IPS/IDS. All WatchGuard security appliances also come with LiveSecurity Service, which provides free software updates, expert support and breaking security alerts.

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