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CRN: Editors' Choice -- WatchGuard Protects Networks

Apr 12, 2000, 07:13 (0 Talkback[s])

"The Firebox II runs a security-hardened Linux operating system, and solid-state architecture eliminates the risk of hard-disk failures. A free one-year subscription to WatchGuard's LiveSecurity Service provides software updates, threat responses, information alerts, support flashes and virus alerts. The Firebox II was the easiest hardware firewall to set up and configure with intuitive management utilities."

"The most impressive element of the WatchGuard program is a "call me" system on its Web page where potential customers simply enter their telephone numbers, and within 10 seconds a company representative calls. These are the hottest leads available, and in the past year WatchGuard has expanded the program."

"WatchGuard also provides solution providers with assistance in creating "managed services" programs for customers. Generally targeted at Web integrators/ISPs, essentially clients rent the firewall with the solution provider reaping monthly service revenue from auditing and other services."

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