WatchGuard introduces Big Data visibility tools and data loss prevention in latest product

WatchGuard Technologies has announced WatchGuard Dimension, 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 Joe Wang, Chief Executive Officer 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 today’s users have come to expect.”

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

WatchGuard Dimension includes the Executive Dashboard that shows top trends, clients, users and applications, Summary Reporting, which provides a reporting function with more than 70 templates, a Hierarchical TreeMap which filters traffic and draws your attention to critical information and the Global ThreatMap, which features multiple, interactive configurable views on a world map, making it possible to have real-time views of threats per region.

Another major highlight includes the addition of WatchGuard Data Loss Prevention solution to the platform. The WatchGuard Data Loss Prevention solution, essentially streamlines compliance with primary regulatory standards in key markets worldwide. Users are able to select from a pre-configured library of over 200 rules that monitors multiple file types, standards and sensitive data. This will allow companies to promptly protect data and prevent costly regulatory violations. The solution has an updated Web User Interface compatible with mobile devices, and tremendous new flexibility in the configuration of VPNs in today’s more complex network environments.

In recent research conducted by WatchGuard, 65% of companies reported still not having a Data Loss Prevention solution in place, despite the potential for organizations to be penalized millions of dollars for losing sensitive data.

“Since 2005, more than 600 million records have been breached, and the stakes continue to rise as companies struggle to protect data in the face of increasingly complicated regulatory requirements and numerous file types,” said Scott Robertson, Vice President Asia Pacific at WatchGuard. “The positive news for IT professionals is that by choosing a DLP solution that’s integrated with UTM, companies can simplify their data protection, while reducing their total cost of ownership for network security by nearly half.”

WatchGuard Dimension is now available with WatchGuard’s 11.8 launch of its XTM security platform, and the Data Loss Prevention feature is available as a subscription service.