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Self-configuring rapid deployment for firewalls


Johannesburg, 29 Oct 2012
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WatchGuard Technologies, a global leader in manageable business security solutions, announced today that it is the first UTM security appliance vendor to offer a firewall that configures itself. The company is adding a new cloud-based configuration utility - RapidDeploy - that eliminates the need for IT security professionals to preconfigure devices or travel to the deployment site for installation. This is anticipated to significantly reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) on WatchGuard devices.

With RapidDeploy, no IT or network security expertise is needed on site to securely install and deploy a WatchGuard appliance. Rather than requiring manual provisioning of the device in advance, IT staff or security service providers create and store configuration data in the cloud - public or private - and have the appliance directly shipped to its destination. Once it arrives and is plugged into a power source, it effectively deploys itself by automatically "phoning home" to the cloud for secure download of its configuration settings.

"With RapidDeploy, we're taking the delay out of the deployment process," said Roger Klorese, Director of Product Management at WatchGuard Technologies. "It's secure, it's fast, it automates basic configuration tasks, and makes remote or branch office deployment virtually hands-free. This is the first step in delivering a secure and comprehensive cloud-based management solution, and one that provides an immediate benefit to our partners and their customers. Our customers in distributed enterprise environments and MSSP partners now have more dynamic configuration tools and even greater manageability of their WatchGuard devices deployed across multiple locations and geographies."

"The NCR Network and Security Services (NSS) team is excited about using WatchGuard's rapid deployment technology as part of our Site Shield service," said WatchGuard customer Lenny Zeltser, Director of Product Management at NCR. "Installing and configuring firewall devices in this manner will strengthen our ability to deploy NSS quickly and cost-effectively."

RapidDeploy will be available in future WatchGuard Fireware XTM releases, as well as an upgrade at no additional charge for customers with current WatchGuard LiveSecurity support and maintenance service. RapidDeploy will be widely available in the second half of Q4 2012.

WatchGuard Technologies

Since 1996, WatchGuard Technologies has been the advanced technology leader of business security solutions, providing mission-critical protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. The WatchGuard family of wired and wireless unified threat management appliances, messaging, content security and SSL VPN remote access solutions provide extensible network, application and data protection, as well as unparalleled network visibility, management and control. WatchGuard products are backed by WatchGuard LiveSecurity Service, an innovative support, maintenance, and education programme. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle and has offices serving North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. To learn more, visit www.watchguard.com.

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Robinson Distribution Karen Potgieter (+27) 83 299 4355 karen@rdgroup.co.za
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