Wick Hill Ships APT Solution

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Wick Hill is now shipping WatchGuard’s new Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) solution, WatchGuard APT Blocker. Delivering real-time threat visibility and protection in minutes, not hours, APT Blocker identifies and submits suspicious files to a cloud-based, next-generation sandbox, using a sophisticated full-system-emulation environment for detecting APTs and zero day malware.

The WatchGuard solution integrates with the company’s visibility tool, WatchGuard Dimension, providing an instant, single view of advanced threats, along with other top trends, applications and threats covered by WatchGuard’s security technologies.

APT Blocker comes pre-installed on all WatchGuard Unified Threat Management (UTM) and Next-Gen Firewall (NGFW) appliances with a free 30-day trial. WatchGuard has extended its proprietary proxy-based architecture to detect suspicious files and send them for full-system emulation and analysis in the cloud. By adding an additional layer to the deep-packet-inspection engine, WatchGuard’s highly respected detection capabilities now extend from the universe of known threats (malware for which there is a known pattern) into the unknown.

James Kirpichnikov, WatchGuard product manager at Wick Hill, said “APTs represent a major challenge to any organisation’s existing security environment, and because of their effectiveness, they are propagating at an increasing rate. The addition of an APT option to WatchGuard’s security solutions means that both new and existing SME and enterprise customers can easily and inexpensively protect against this growing threat.”

WatchGuard’s UTM and NGFW security platforms were purpose-built to simplify the process of adding newly-emerging technologies such as APT management, meaning customers can deploy this sophisticated technology in a couple of clicks.

Historically, APT targets were exclusively governments and large enterprises whose critical infrastructures were stymied by the likes of Stuxnet and Duqu. But today, advanced threats have evolved to target much smaller organizations and corporations to similarly devastating effect. Kirpichnikov added: “These attacks have penetrated the defences of many organisations and remain both active and undetected. APT blocking deals with both new and established threats for organisations of all sizes.”

APT Blocker is now available and comes pre-installed with a free 30-day trial with the launch of version 11.9 of WatchGuard’s Fireware security platform, which includes other best-of-breed services such as: AntiVirus, AntiSpam, Application Control and DLP. Fireware also comes standard with WatchGuard Dimension, the company’s award-winning, real-time visibility solution.