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WatchGuard Updates Appliance OS, Targets SMBs with XTM 330 Security Appliance

WatchGuard Technologies unveiled two product announcements today, with one being a head nod to organizations looking to secure mobile devices running Apple iOS.

The first announcement is an update of the company’s operating system for its XTM line of unified threat management appliances. WatchGuard has added support for the IPSec functionality present on Apple devices. By doing so, WatchGuard enables users of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch a way to access corporate resources securely from the device, according to the company.

The new release also includes a new logging interface and interactive reporting dashboard. Other capabilities include: options to require Transport Layer Security (TLS), IPv6 functionality and enhancements to the single sign-on agent to enable better detection of user logon and logoff activities.

WatchGuard XTM 330 The second product release is the WatchGuard XTM 330 security appliance, which the company says is aimed at small to midsized businesses (SMBs). In addition to firewall and intrusion prevention capabilities, the release allows customers to choose to add application control, gateway anti-virus and other features. XTM 330 also uses takes advantage of functionality that allows customers to create virtual private network (VPN) tunnels for the Apple iPad and other iOS devices.

"Small businesses are increasingly becoming targets of hackers and sophisticated cyber attacks," said Tim Helming, Director of Product Management at WatchGuard Technologies, in a statement. "Easy to use and easy to manage, the WatchGuard XTM 330 is the ideal solution for small organizations. Now businesses with 50 employees can have the same type of security and protection that Fortune 1000 enterprises, financial institutions and government agencies use to keep out spyware, malware and other web threats."

Pricing for the XTM 330 starts at $1,165 and varies depending on security services selected.

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