WatchGuard Strengthens Email Security Appliances

By Nathan Eddy

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."

This article was originally published on 2011-06-20