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April 26, 2015 11:41 AM ET

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Company Overview of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

Company Overview

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. manufactures network security products. The company offers next-generation firewall appliances, such as packet filtering, intrusion prevention, application control, data loss prevention, and advanced persistent threat blockers; unified threat management products, including gateway antivirus, spamBlocker, WebBlocker, LiveSecurity, and reputation enabled defense solutions; and other security products, such as secure wireless, secure email gateway, and virtual solutions. It serves education, energy, financial service, government, healthcare, managed service, manufacturing and distribution, publishing, real estate, retail and hospitality, technology, and transportat...

505 Fifth Avenue South

Suite 500

Seattle, WA 98104

United States

Founded in 1996

338 Employees





Key Executives for WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and Director
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 45
Vice President of Customer Services and Support
Director of Global Analyst & Public Relations
Vice President of Engineering
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. Key Developments

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. Announces New Appointments

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. announced it has named Prakash Panjwani its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and that he and interim CEO, Mike Kohlsdorf, will be joining its Board of Directors. Panjwani is a proven information security executive that has spent the last 12 years with SafeNet. Before becoming the CEO of SafeNet, he was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company's Data Protection group.

WatchGuard Technologies Announces Next-Generation Firewall and Unified Threat Management Appliances

WatchGuard® Technologies announced that its Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) and Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances offer enhanced guest network access features to allow hospitality organizations to quickly and easily provide temporary user passwords to better secure guest Internet and Wi-Fi networks. Free Wi-Fi was recently rated the most important in-room hotel amenity, above a bathroom with shower and daily housekeeping.[i] While Internet access may be a priority, lax security controls often jeopardize guest network users and create a risky proposition for global travelers wanting to stay connected. A recent WatchGuard survey revealed that 71% of global hotels, restaurants and other hospitality organizations do not provide unique temporary user passwords for guest Wi-Fi networks, which could compromise corporate and guest network security.[ii] With WatchGuard's new features, hospitality organizations can now tailor the user experience with custom hotspot splash pages branded with company logos. They can also provide flexible account options, such as configurable time limits, batch-generated usernames and passwords and password-only voucher options. Liability can also be minimized with custom terms and conditions. Convenience is enhanced by allowing guest administrator roles for non-IT staff to generate accounts.

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. Announces New Generation of Firewalls Enable Mid-Size Enterprises to Keep Pace with Explosive Growth in Encrypted Traffic

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. announced next-generation firewall (NGFW) and unified threat management (UTM) appliances specifically engineered for mid-size and distributed enterprises, which are struggling to effectively and affordably secure networks in the face of explosive growth in bandwidth rates, connection speeds and encrypted traffic. The WatchGuard Firebox M400 and M500 appliances, based on the latest Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron Processors, are up to 61% faster than competing solutions with all layers of the company's award winning defense-in-depth solutions turned on, and up to 149% faster performing HTTPS inspection, ensuring enterprises never have to compromise network security for performance. Recent industry reports focus on the rise of encrypted traffic and the importance of addressing threats within those encrypted streams. WatchGuard NGFW and UTM appliances run on WatchGuard's Fireware OS, which is built on the latest Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron Processors, allowing WatchGuard's firewall performance to continually scale. The WatchGuard Firebox M400 and M500 also provide the flexibility of two SFP (small form-factor pluggable) ports that can feature either 1 Gb copper or 1 Gb fiber connections, ensuring that firewalls can adapt to end-user environments. SFP transceivers are available as optional accessories. Both models feature the WatchGuard Fireware OS, v.11.9.4. This software version includes new features to simplify deep inspection of HTTPS traffic, allowing users to include names instead of numbers in their policy definitions.

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