Wick Hill Ships Firebox for SMB

Wick Hill is now shipping WatchGuard’s Firebox T30 and T50 Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances. The T30 and T50 are engineered specifically to address the rapidly changing security threats faced by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and distributed enterprises.

Faster, more widely accessible connectivity is enabling organisations to be more distributed than ever before. In addition to securing the communications between a traditional corporate headquarters and remote employee sites, many distributed enterprises must also support multiple locations which operate like a typical small business. This relationship between a centralised entity and many independent business locations is especially common in the retail, hospitality, medical, and financial industries and creates a unique set of network security challenges.

For these organisations, a centralised security policy is critical, as is the ease of deployment of the security solution at the remote business location. The ability to maintain visibility across their entire network is equally as important for compliance reporting, health monitoring, and business intelligence purposes. Access to value-added services, such as secure wireless, is also a huge benefit.

“Organisations are becoming increasingly decentralised and it is our responsibility to deliver security solutions to operate seamlessly within those distributed environments,” said Andrew Young, vice president of product management, WatchGuard. “In addition to consolidating critical network and security functions into a single, centrally managed platform, we’ve made it our mission to make our solutions easy to deploy, easy to manage, and generally accessible to companies of all sizes.”

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, commented: “The rapidly changing threat environment makes it increasingly important for decentralised organisations to not only deploy to, and secure their remote offices, but also to be able to manage and report on them. T Series is a cost-effective secure solution to some of the new challenges facing IT teams.”

WatchGuard’s T Series of tabletop UTM appliances are ideal for remote sites, branch offices, and SMEs. Their small form factor makes them easy to conceal in environments where there is most likely not a dedicated datacentre and their new built-in power over Ethernet (PoE) port makes it easier than ever to add secure wireless services with a WatchGuard Access Point.

All of WatchGuard’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances include access to the company’s unique, RapidDeploy feature which enables centralised IT teams to pre-configure appliances for quick and non-technical installation at distributed remote sites. This feature is especially ideal for retailers, hospitality chains, healthcare co-ops, and other Distributed Enterprises

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine