WatchGuard Technologies Brings Big Data Visibility Tools to Network Security

watchguard-logoWatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader in integrated, multi-function network security platforms, announced a zero-install, public and private cloud-ready network security visibility solution. WatchGuard Dimension will come standard with the company’s flagship Unified Threat Management (UTM) platform and provides a suite of visibility and reporting tools that instantly isolates and distills actionable security issues and trends, speeding network professionals’ ability to set meaningful security policies.

“Around the world, network security pros tell us they are drowning in logs of data and find it time consuming – or nearly impossible – to identify key issues on their networks and make proper policy decisions,” said Dave R. Taylor, vice president of corporate and product strategy at WatchGuard Technologies. “In a recent report from the SANS Institute,* only 10 percent of respondents felt confident in their organizations ability to analyze large data sets for security trends, even though 77 percent are collecting logs and monitoring data from systems and security devices. WatchGuard Dimension solves this challenge by instantly turning raw network data into actionable security intelligence in the big data visualization style users have come to expect.”

Customers agree WatchGuard Dimension simplifies security management. “The nature of a UTM already ensures you have an integrated, multi-function security platform with the nimbleness needed to keep up with everything from cybercrime to compliance issues,” Dicar Networks President Armando Garcia said. “WatchGuard Dimension takes that to the next level. It’s up and running in a few clicks. Plus, it’s so easy to use and understand, it helps take our customers from focusing on the ‘how’ of what they need to do, to the ‘why’ of what they need to do to address security issues on their networks.”

WatchGuard Dimension offers users a menu of visibility and reporting options to present the information in the way they find most intuitive:

  • Executive Dashboard: This high-level view of network activity shows top trends, top clients, and correlated views of top users and applications. With just a click, users can drill all the way down to individual log data, as needed.
  • Summary Reporting: With the Reporting function, users can choose from more than 70 comprehensive reports, with both summary and detail options tailored for C-level executives, IT directors, compliance officers and small business owners. Summary report options include specific HIPAA and PCI compliance reports, plus the ability to pre-schedule reports for delivery to key stakeholders in a user’s organization.
  • Hierarchical TreeMap: WatchGuard Dimension’s TreeMap, called FireWatch, filters traffic in a way that instantly brings your eye to the most critical information on active users and connections, as well as who and what is using the most bandwidth. The TreeMap view also provides options to pivot, drill-down and filter.
  • Global ThreatMap: ThreatMap features multiple, interactive configurable views on a world map, making it possible to have real-time views of threats per region. That information is critical to helping users identify and fine-tune defenses against those attacks.

For Managed Security Solution Providers, the Executive Reporting function in particular is a key feature. “Our customers trust eMazzanti Technologies to secure their networks and feel confident in the quality of the protection they receive,” eMazzanti Technologies CEO Carl Mazzanti said. “With WatchGuard Dimension’s Executive Reports, it’s easy for my firm to provide automated reports that make it simple for customers to see and understand how we’re protecting their interests. Further, because our mutual offering is cloud based, we have easy and secure access on any device, anywhere to serve the breadth of our client base.”

WatchGuard Dimension is now available with WatchGuard’s 11.8 launch of its XTM security platform. Other major highlights include the addition of WatchGuard Data Loss Prevention to the platform, an updated Web User Interface compatible with mobile devices, and tremendous new flexibility in the configuration of VPNs in more complex network environments. To find out more about all of the new features in 11.8.

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