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October 14, 2015 12:26 AM 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





Key Executives for WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and Director
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 46
Chief Technology Officer
Vice President of Customer Services and Support
Director of Global Analyst & Public Relations
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. Key Developments

WatchGuard to Set Up a Sales and Support Center in Israel

WatchGuard is setting up a sales and support center in Israel.

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. Announces Executive Changes

WatchGuard Technologies announced the hiring of Andrew Young as vice president of product management and Wayson Vannatta as vice president of information technology (IT). In addition, former senior director of North American sales, Erik Halvorsen, has been promoted to vice president of Americas sales. The trio brings more than 50 years of experience to WatchGuard during a period of accelerated growth and product innovation for the company. As vice president of product management at WatchGuard, Young will oversee all aspects of product management, program management and product strategy. With more than 20 years of experience bringing hardware, software and SaaS products to market, he adds invaluable product management expertise to WatchGuard's staff. Young comes to the company from Gemalto, where he led product management for all Identity Protection products for the Enterprise, eBanking and Trusted Identity segments. Previously, Young spent 11 years with SafeNet in a variety of product management roles in IPsec and SSL VPN, high-speed encryption, and Identity and Authentication. Prior to SafeNet, Young managed engineering teams for Rainbow Technologies. Vannatta joins WatchGuard as vice president of IT and will lead the company's IT strategy, including corporate applications and global infrastructure. He brings more than 18 years of IT management, development and operations experience to WatchGuard. Most recently, Vannatta was vice president of technology at InfoSpace, responsible for software engineering, infrastructure engineering, corporate systems, and data warehouse management. While at InfoSpace, he held a variety of senior IT positions and was instrumental in moving the company's entire infrastructure to the public cloud, streamlining the delivery of software solutions and improving the bottom line. Previously, Vannatta held several program management positions at AT&T Wireless and began his career in the U.S. Air Force. As vice president of Americas sales, Halvorsen will oversee the sales teams in Canada, the United States and Latin America. He joined WatchGuard in 2003 as a territory sales manager, and was responsible for transforming the Southeast U.S. territory into a top revenue producing area. In 2013 he took on the management of the U.S. National Partner and Distribution community, and then began overseeing the North American direct-touch sales team. Halvorsen was a key contributor to finalizing and implementing a new WatchGuard go-to-market strategy for the U.S. that has fueled the company's high rate of growth.

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. Announces Visibility and Ease-Of-Use Enhancements to its Threat Intelligence Platform, WatchGuard Dimension®

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. announced a variety of visibility and ease-of-use enhancements to its threat intelligence platform, WatchGuard Dimension®. This release also allows customers to preview several brand new network control features designed to make it possible for IT administrators to translate network visibility into immediate action. The company's Dimension platform aggregates data from all WatchGuard appliances across a customer's network and translates that data into visually rich and actionable threat intelligence. This release builds on the platform's visibility capabilities with increased performance, detailed system health reports, and new, visually stunning cyberloafing dashboards. Dimension is intended to not only help identify security risks but to also enable IT pros to rapidly mitigate those risks. Dimension Command, a premium add-on to Dimension slated for release in late 2015, will unlock instant network control and security configuration capabilities within the platform. With the current release, WatchGuard is offering a preview to a subset of those control features including one-click configuration changes, the ability to 'jump back' to previous configurations, direct access to individual appliances through a web UI, and VPN management tools.

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