July 22, 2017 3:40 PM ET

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Company Overview of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

Company Overview

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. manufactures network security products. The company offers 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; Dimension, a threat intelligence platform that aggregates data from WatchGuard appliances across a customer's network and translates that data into threat intelligence; and other security products, such as secure wireless, secure email gateway, and virtual solutions. It serves education, energy, financial servi...

505 Fifth Avenue South

Suite 500

Seattle, WA 98104

United States

Founded in 1996

338 Employees

Phone:

206-613-6600

Fax:

206-521-8342

Key Executives for WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and Director
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 48
Senior Vice President of Customer Services & Support
Senior Vice President of Product Management
Senior Vice President of Engineering
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. Key Developments

WatchGuard Technologies Announces New Access Point Brings Secure, High-Performance Wi-Fi Outdoors

WatchGuard Technologies announced the AP322, a new high-performance cloud-ready outdoor access point (AP). Sporting a ruggedized IP67 enclosure with 3x3 MIMO and 802.11ac support, it extends the benefits of WatchGuard'sWi-Fi Cloud to the raw outdoors and is perfect for stadiums, schools, open-air cafes and malls, hotel pool areas and more. In any environment, organizations can now leverage the simplicity and scalability of WatchGuard APs combined with a powerful cloud-based security solution. The WatchGuard AP322 delivers dual concurrent 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band radios, with data rates up to 1.3 Gbps and 450 Mbps, respectively. This high-speed connection delivers faster downloads and more responsive Internet performance. With three spatial streams per radio (3x3 MIMO), it also offers greater bandwidth and performance for large user groups simultaneously accessing the service. Two gigabit Ethernet ports allow an additional AP to be added for extended service, and support for PoE+ offers easy installation and flexibility.

WatchGuard Technologies Announces the Findings of Its Inaugural Quarterly Internet Security Report

WatchGuard Technologies announced the findings of its inaugural quarterly Internet Security Report, which explores the latest computer and network security threats affecting small to midsize businesses and distributed enterprises. The report covers the top network and malware trends from fourth quarter 2016, examines the most notable cyber security stories, details new research from the company's Threat Lab, and provides practical defense tips for security professionals. The findings in the report are based on anonymized Firebox Feed data from the company’s active unified threat management appliances worldwide. The company’s Threat Lab has been monitoring the most prevalent security industry threats and trends for years and now with the addition of the Firebox Feed" anonymized threat analytics from Fireboxes deployed around the world from the company have firsthand, acute insight into the evolution of cyber-attacks and how threat actors are behaving. Each quarter, the report will marry new Firebox Feed data with original research and analysis of major information security events to reveal key threat trends and provide defense best practices. With cyber-attacks like the Mirai Botnet, the SWIFT banking attacks, and alleged Russian interference in the presidential election, cyber criminals were busy in 2016, and fourth quarter was no exception. Ransomware attempts through phishing emails and malicious websites dominated the headlines, banks and healthcare organizations were targeted by increasingly devastating attacks, and nation-states continued to target one another with sophisticated cyber-attacks. The insight trends, research and security tips discussed in from the company’s quarterly Internet Security Report are designed to help companies stay educated and vigilant in such a dynamic threat landscape. Here are the top five key findings from the report is that approximately 30% of malware was classified as new or "zero day" because it was not caught by a legacy antivirus solution. This confirms that cyber criminals' capability to automatically repack or morph their malware has outpaced the AV industry's ability to keep up with new signatures. Without an advanced threat prevention solution, which identifies malware proactively using modern detection techniques, companies would miss almost 1/3 of malware. Old threats become new again. First, macro-based malware is still very prevalent. Despite being an old trick, many spear-phishing attempts still include documents with malicious macros, and attackers have adapted their tricks to include Microsoft's new document format. Second, attackers still use malicious web shells to hijack web servers. PHP shells are alive and well, as nation-state attackers have been evolving this old attack technique with new obfuscation methods. JavaScript is a popular malware delivery and obfuscation mechanism. The Firebox Feed saw a rise in malicious JavaScript, both in email and over the web. Most network attacks target web services and browsers. 73% of the top attacks target web browsers in drive-by download attacks. The top network attack, Wscript.shell Remote Code Execution, almost entirely affected Germany alone. Breaking it down country by country that attack targeted Germany 99% of the time. The company’s Internet Security Report is based on anonymized data from more than 24,000 active WatchGuard UTM appliances worldwide. These appliances blocked more than 18.7 million malware variants in fourth quarter, which averages to 758 variants per participating device. They also blocked more than 3 million network attacks in fourth quarter, which averages to 123 attacks per participating device. The report includes a detailed breakdown of the quarter's top malware and attack trends, the top security incidents, and web and email attack trends. In response to the rapid spread of the Mirai botnet, the WatchGuard Threat Lab has also launched an ongoing research project that analyzes IoT devices for security flaws. The research highlighted in this report evaluated Wi-Fi cameras, fitness accessories and network-enabled novelty devices. This includes a deeper look at vulnerabilities the Threat Lab found in a relatively popular wireless IP camera and steps consumers should take to secure IoT devices they purchase.

The Museum of Flight Deploys WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud

WatchGuard Technologies announced that The Museum of Flight has deployed WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud along with several WatchGuard firewall appliances. With limited IT staff, resources and budget, the museum turned to WatchGuard to improve the reliability and security of its Wi-Fi offerings for 250 employees,1,000 volunteers and 500,000 yearly patrons. To fix these problems, the Museum of Flight deployed WatchGuard AP120 Access Points (APs) along with WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud management services and Dimension™ network visibility and reporting services. The Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS) built into these cloud-managed APs protects the museum from wireless threats with a false positive rate of nearly zero. The museum also installed WatchGuard's Firebox® M500 and M300 firewalls, giving them enterprise-grade protection.

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