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WatchGuard unveils new mid-range firewalls

WatchGuard Technologies released its new Firebox threat management appliances for small to medium sized businesses.

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Thu, 07 Oct 2021
WatchGuard unveils new mid-range firewalls
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Network security and intelligence company WatchGuard Technology unveiled its new Firebox M290, M390, M590 and M690 threat appliances this week, tailored for small to medium sized businesses.

According to a release from the company, the new threat appliances provide “the fastest performance of any mid-range Firebox appliance ever” and is capable of managing both encrypted and HTTPS traffic.

The new Firebox also includes expandable ports and integration with the WatchGuard Cloud and is compatible with AuthPoint multi-factor authentication, WatchGuard Wi-Fi access points and ThreatSync. The new Fireboxes can also be managed from the WatchGuard Cloud, enabling users to share configurations with clients by using set templates.


Corey Nachreiner, chief security officer at WatchGuard outlined that cyber criminals are using increasingly sophisticated methods to conduct online crime.

“As the threat landscape evolves, performance and flexibility are both critical for organisations looking to secure their network. Our recent Q2 2021 Internet Security Report found that more than 91 per cent of malware attacking networks is encrypted,” Nachreiner said.

“It’s therefore essential for small and midsized organisations, or the partners servicing them, to have security solutions capable of processing encrypted traffic without negatively impacting overall performance. Our new mid-range M Series appliances deliver this capability and provide tools to simplify the deployment and ongoing management of these solutions as part of our WatchGuard Unified Security Platform.”

Hayden Johnston, operations director at WYSCOM explained how the new Fireboxes are a useful tool for businesses to mitigate increased malware threats.

“From a price/performance standpoint, these new Firebox appliances are an unbeatable solution for organisations from small businesses all the way up to mid-size enterprise data centres, with all the horsepower needed to handle the increasing threat of malware delivered via HTTPS,” Johnston said.

“The new modular expansion bays provide a range of options for meeting customer needs today and the potential to extend the life of these appliances well into the future.”

[Related: QakBot banking malware rise by 65%]

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