Posted by: RAH Infotech | April 14, 2014

WatchGuard Technologies Reinvents Advanced Persistent Threat Management for Security Platforms with launch of WatchGuard APT Blocker

New APT solution provides real-time, advanced-threat visibility for Unified Threat Management and Next-Gen Firewall appliances

Advanced, cloud-based, full-system-emulation sandbox protects in minutes, not hours

WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in integrated security platforms, announced its new Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) solution, WatchGuard APT Blocker. Delivering real-time threat visibility and protection in minutes, not hours, APT Blocker identifies and submits suspicious files to a cloud-based, next-generation sandbox, using the industry’s most sophisticated full-system-emulation environment for detecting APTs and zero day malware. The WatchGuard solution integrates with the company’s visibility tool, WatchGuard Dimension™, providing an instant, single view of advanced threats, along with other top trends, applications and threats covered by WatchGuard’s security technologies.

APT Blocker comes pre-installed on all WatchGuard Unified Threat Management (UTM) and Next-Gen Firewall (NGFW) appliances with a free 30-day trial. WatchGuard has extended their proprietary proxy-based architecture to detect suspicious files and send them for full-system emulation and analysis in the cloud. By adding an additional layer to the deep-packet-inspection engine, WatchGuard’s highly respected detection capabilities now extend from the universe of known threats (malware for which there is a known pattern) into the unknown.

WatchGuard’s UTM and NGFW security platforms were purpose-built to simplify the process of adding newly-emerging technologies such as APT management, meaning customers can deploy this sophisticated technology in a couple of clicks. Continuing the strategy of working with best-of-breed technology partners, WatchGuard has teamed with industry veteran and APT heavyweight, Lastline, for cloud-based, full-system-emulation inspection capabilities. Lastline’s founding team has been doing advanced malware research for more than 10 years and their commercial products have significant credibility in protecting businesses against today’s unknown APT threats.

APT Blocker is now available and comes pre-installed with a free 30-day trial with the launch of version 11.9 of WatchGuard’s Fireware security platform, which includes other best-of-breed services such as: AntiVirus, AntiSpam, Application Control and DLP. Fireware also comes standard with WatchGuard Dimension, the company’s award-winning, real-time visibility solution.

Major highlights of version 11.9 include:

  • Improved application-traffic management, allowing users to control and limit application bandwidth, preserving it for business-critical applications;
  • Expanded administrator-audit and change-tracking visibility for improved HIPAA and PCI compliance, including tying firewall rule changes to individuals;
  • Customizable DLP signatures that allow companies to build on the extensive pre-defined rule sets of WatchGuard’s DLP solution;
  • Enhanced IPv6 support including link aggregation, VLANS and dynamic routing;
  • New custom network zone that allows administrators to quickly segregate wireless guest networks and meet PCI-standard requirements for appliances with integrated wireless.
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