WatchGuard Strengthens Email Security Appliances

WatchGuard Technologies, a provider of business security solutions,
released a software update to its extensible content security family of
Web and messaging security appliances.  This software release
allows businesses to employ data loss prevention features, content and
policy controls for accelerating Web traffic and spam and phishing
prevention technologies.

For more granular data loss prevention controls, XCS provides tools
to apply in-depth controls with the ability to apply an arbitrary
number of conditions to a content rule, or even apply nested rules
within any grouping. Bi-directional attachment scanning and attachment
controls of more than 400 attachment types can be applied in minutes
from a single UI. Furthermore, administrators can be notified of DLP
violations with customizable per-rule notifications (also available for
senders and recipients, if chosen) for knowing which rule or rules
triggered a violation.

“Until recently, data loss prevention technology has been
predominately relegated to enterprise organizations that have the staff
or resources capable of managing the administrative complexities
associated with DLP,” said Eric Ogren of the Ogren Group. “The new DLP
features in this WatchGuard release focus on providing mainstream
business environments with the badly needed benefits of
enterprise-strength DLP in a simple to manage solution.”

The release features a new Web proxy, uncategorized URL enhancements
and controls, and critical Web traffic improvements designed to speed
up Web traffic scanning efficiencies and reduce latency, bandwidth
consumption, and server loads. In addition, XCS provides administrators
with access to a Frequent Tasks to provide access to commonly used
configuration and management tools, which includes tools such as the
QMS Integration Wizard and the Data Loss Prevention Wizard.

The WatchGuard QMS Integration Wizard, which is accessible via the
new Frequent Tasks tool, assists administrators in configuring the
integration of an XCS appliance with the WatchGuard QMS appliance to
offload quarantined messages. XCS also allows users to combine spam
signatures with its content and context-based anti-spam protection that
learns from each unique messaging environment to make accurate
decisions on spam handling. The XCS Spam Rules feature provides
protection from unwanted spam and criminally motivated phishing
campaigns seeking to obfuscate confidential data from end users.

“Company email is the leading vector that criminals use in order to
steal sensitive data,” said Roula Vrsic, XCS product manager at
WatchGuard Technologies. “Not only is email the easiest way into the
business network, but it is also the primary egress point for
confidential data. Because of this, WatchGuard has improved its DLP
capabilities so that sensitive data stays safe behind the corporate
firewall.”

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