Watchguard launches cloud-ready network security visibility

WatchGuard Technologies has announced a zero-install, public and private cloud-ready network security visibility solution.

Watchguard Dimension will come standard with the company’s flagship unified threat management (UTM) platform and provides a suite of visibility and reporting tools that instantly isolates and distills actionable security issues and trends, speeding network professionals’ ability to set meaningful security policies.

“Around the world, network security pros tell us they are drowning in logs of data and find it time-consuming – or nearly impossible – to identify key issues on their networks and make proper policy decisions,” said Dave R. Taylor, Vice President, Corporate and Product Strategy, Watchguard.

The security vendor referred to a recent report from the SANS Institute, which found that only 10 percent of respondents felt confident in their organisations ability to analyse large data sets for security trends. This is despite 77 percent collecting logs and monitoring data from systems and security devices.

“Watchguard Dimension solves this challenge by instantly turning raw network data into actionable security intelligence in the Big Data visualisation style today’s users have come to expect,” Taylor said.

Dicar Networks is one customer of Watchguard Dimension. Its President, Armando Garcia, testified that the solution simplified his company’s security management.

“The nature of a UTM already ensures you have an integrated, multi-function security platform with the nimbleness needed to keep up with everything from cybercrime to compliance issues,” Garcia said.

“Watchguard Dimension takes that to the next level. It’s up and running in a few clicks. Plus, it’s so easy to use and understand, it helps take our customers from focusing on the ‘how’ of what they need to do, to the ‘why’ of what they need to do to address security issues on their networks.”

For managed security solution providers, the ‘Executive Reporting’ function is a particularly key feature of the solution.

Another customer, eMazzanti Technologies, requires strong UTM because its customers trust it to secure their networks.

“With Watchguard Dimension’s Executive Reports, it’s easy for my firm to provide automated reports that make it simple for customers to see and understand how we’re protecting their interests,” said Said Carl Mazzanti, CEO, eMazzanti.

“Further, because our mutual offering is cloud-based, we have easy and secure access on any device, anywhere to serve the breadth of our client base.”

Watchguard Dimension is now available with WatchGuard’s 11.8 launch of its XTM security platform. Other highlights include the addition of Watchguard data loss prevention (DLP) to the platform, an updated Web user interface compatible with mobile devices, and new flexibility in the configuration of VPNs in today’s more complex network environments.

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