WatchGuard Technologies unveils new Firebox M4800 and M5800


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WatchGuard Technologies have recently released the company’s new Firebox M4800 and M5800 appliances. These firewalls provide performance, security services and flexibility for businesses as they become increasingly distributed and have more employees working outside the traditional corporate network perimeter.

The Firebox M4800 and M5800

The new Firebox M4800 and M5800 can achieve throughput of 5.2 Gbps and 11.3 Gbps respectively with UTM services enabled. The Firebox M5800 has achieved certified performance results through open, standardised testing developed by NetSecOPEN and adopted by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

In the NetSecOPEN testing, the Firebox M5800 is certified for speeds up to 4.9 Gbps with all security scanning and HTTPS content inspection enabled. As WatchGuard’s highest performing Firebox appliances to date, these new models can ensure that users don’t have to choose between throughput and security.

The new M Series appliances provide flexibility through two available slots for network modules with additional fibre and copper port options (two 40 Gb fibre, four 10Gb fibre, eight 1Gb fibre or eight 1Gb copper). The M4800 and M5800 expansion modules match those of WatchGuard’s mid-range Firebox appliances, further enabling users with the flexibility they need to quickly and simply adjust and reinforce their network security posture over time.

Additional features

Secure remote access – usage of Access Portal – WatchGuard’s clientless VPN service for secure remote access – has grown by over 85% over the past year. With the M4800 or M5800, users can leverage web browsers to securely connect to third-party web applications, internal applications, and Microsoft Exchange services, as well as create RDP and SSH sessions to local resources, wherever they are.

Cloud-based visibility and management – the WatchGuard Cloud platform makes it easy for users to quickly and simply manage these appliances, and provides deep network visibility that makes it possible to execute timely, informed, and effective security actions anytime, anywhere. WatchGuard Cloud offers over 100 dashboards and reports, displaying both high-level and in-depth insights on trends and anomalies. M4800 and M5800 appliances with the Total Security option come with one month of log and report retention included at no extra charge.

Automation to the core – the new M Series appliances are designed with automation to the core, allowing both midmarket organisations and IT solution providers to do more with less. WatchGuard’s automated capabilities make it possible to deploy new appliances from the cloud, block threats, update signatures, detect and kill malware, and streamline management processes.  

“A profound transformation over the past year”

Recent WatchGuard threat intelligence shows that organisations that aren’t able to effectively analyse encrypted traffic will miss 54% of incoming attacks, emphasising the need for HTTPS inspection in today’s threat landscape.

“Organisations of all types and sizes have undergone a profound transformation over the past year, and many are grappling with how best to maintain security from the core network to remote employees and endpoints,” said Brendan Patterson, Vice President of Product Management at WatchGuard.

“The industry-leading speed and performance of our new M Series appliances, paired with their simplicity, modularity and affordability gives our partners and customers a Unified Security Platform that can adapt to remote work deployments and evolve along with the business.” 

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