ZoneKey and Intel Unveil Broadcast Solution for Smart Classrooms, Retail and More

A recent conference in China confirmed that a quiet revolution in digital signage is on.

The moment is ripe for transformation. Costs for sensors, bandwidth and compute have decreased significantly, while cloud, streaming media, remote management and increasing performance are bringing new capabilities to business, retail, industry and education.

Attendees to the recent 71st Education Equipment Industry Conference in Nanning, Guangxi, China, discovered an Internet of Things (IoT) capable of transforming education. Industry leaders, solution providers and educators gathered to take smart digital classrooms to the next level. Interactivity, autonomous learning, universal access to education resources and digital literacy were priorities, as China looks to improve its education models in light of innovative technologies.

A personal highlight — coming from my focus on advanced digital signage technologies used across industries such as retail, education, healthcare and smart cities — was the announcement of the Intel Visual Data Reference Design Specification. This new reference design brings cloud capabilities to the edge of the network. It combines compute, network, storage, accelerators and platform control to enable new digital signage solutions. It is exciting to see the most forward-looking of solutions — one that enables integration of high-performance, high-quality streaming audio/video with big data analytics and edge intelligence — poised to transform the lives of students and educators (with similar promise for retail and industry). The Intel reference design has already been adopted by ZoneKey for its video record broadcasting application based on Uzel.

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And from my perspective, these innovations are sure to impact more than education. It’s easy to see the implications for retail and other industries using digital signage to rethink business models. Solution providers, OEMs and ODMs take note: streaming, interactive, data-informed video and audio with the performance and intelligence to operate from the edge to cloud will be a digital signage game changer.

More immersive experiences, high-performance video and audio, data-driven insight and seamless interactivity. It’s time to bring a new era of digital signage to market.

 

Digital Signage Goes to School

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Enriching and expanding the learning experience is at the heart of new education applications based on the Intel Visual Data Reference Design Specification. Solutions, such as the ZoneKey video record broadcasting application, can bring more content into more classrooms, integrate record broadcasting systems and interactive whiteboards, and enable near-real-time responses based on big data analytics. By supporting both online and offline education and the cloud, digital signage solutions can provide massive media and education content resources to classrooms — whether urban or rural.

Students can engage in an active, collaborative learning process and benefit from remote learning. Schools and teachers can take advantage of content distribution features to release curricula, notifications, security notices and news.

 

What Can You Build?

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The ZoneKey application unveiled in China is a great example of turning R&D into opportunity for our next generation of learners. I encourage you to explore the Intel Visual Data Reference Design Specification and seize the opportunity for a wide range of education, business and industry solutions.

Usage models for the Intel Visual Data Reference Design Specification include:

  • Video-based products used for audio/video streaming, video analytics, teaching, presentations, student engagement and education-based VR applications
  • Audio/video processing and recording visual retail products used for digital signage, video walls, kiosks, video control rooms and interactive whiteboards
  • Content processing and analytic products used for data aggregation at the edge
  • Consolidation of back-end and cloud workloads
  • Creation of service enabler platform for Digital Signage as a Service (DSaaS) and Education as a Service (EaaS) solutions

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Industrial IoT Muscles up to Functional Safety with New Intel Solution

In my position as GM for industrial solutions in the Intel Internet of Things Group (IOTG) I’ve heard manufacturers consistently voice frustration on how to effectively and efficiently develop, design and deploy robust functional safety solutions to meet evolving safety standards and protect the environment, people, products and company brand. They require safety-critical applications and workflows that accelerate the integration of robotics, security and control and automation systems to meet IEC 61508 functional safety certification requirements, while ensuring robust availability and reliability.

That’s why I’m so excited that manufacturers can now rely on Intel’s leadership and innovation in digital technology platforms for industrial safety applications with the release of the Intel Xeon processor D-1529 IEC 61508 certification solution — an integrated solution that improves operational and safety evaluation insight throughout the supply chain.

Functional Safety: From Silicon to Systems

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An integrated functional safety design package for IEC61508 applications includes hardware, software, tools and documentation to accelerate development of safety integrity level (SIL) 1 and 2 applications and products— hazard risk analysis and safety integrity. Here are three key features of the solution:

  • Intel functional safety solution — meeting global IEC 61508 requirements
  • Powered by the Intel Xeon processor D-1529, bringing high-performance, energy-efficient and scalable safety solutions to industry
  • Accelerates time to market with optimized diagnostics, support for mixed-criticality workloads and more

 

Functional Safety Meets High Performance

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I’m also excited that this solution covers hardware and software, including standardized Intel silicon, the Intel Software Test Library and certification documentation. It’s all designed to help accelerate development of safety-certified systems. Read the product brief.

 

Delivering a Safer and More Secure Software Solution

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Intel subsidiary Wind River is known for its comprehensive portfolio of software products that enable the development of functional safety solutions. Its VxWorks real-time operating system, Wind River Linux platform and Simics system simulation technology support and perfectly complement the Intel Xeon processor D-1529 for industrial IEC 61508 certification, delivering a differentiated and compelling functional safety offering for building next-generation critical systems. For more information, visit the Wind River functional safety page.

 

Functional Safety for Mixed-Criticality Workloads

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I think manufacturers will also be thrilled to see that the Intel Xeon processor D-1529 brings built-in virtualization capabilities — robustly separating the consolidated safety and nonsafety applications on a shared compute platform. This enables mixed criticality workloads from multiple teams and suppliers to execute safe and non-safe applications, such as robotics, security, and control and automation systems. Added bonus: IT applications can run securely on the same platforms.

Now manufacturers can accelerate development of robust functional safety solutions to protect the environment, people and products. Just another way that Intel technology is leading the way for a better tomorrow.

Intrigued? Check out our functional safety page for all the nitty-gritty details. For more on Intel IoT  developments, subscribe to our RSS feed for email notifications of blog updates, or visit intel.com/IoTLinkedInFacebook and Twitter.

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The Future Looks Bright: GE & Intel Ignite Industrial Internet Innovation

Intel IoT VP and GM of the Internet of Things Group (right) speaks at GE Minds and Machines 2016.

Intel IoT VP and GM of the Internet of Things Group Jonathan Ballon (right) speaks about the Industrial Internet of Things at GE Minds and Machines 2016.

Like many people in Silicon Valley, I am passionate about the application of technology toward the environment, human productivity, healthcare and safety. Before arriving at Intel, I spent time at General Electric as the chief operating officer for GE Digital and have enjoyed continuing the collaboration that we began years ago. During my discussion on stage with GE Chief Digital Officer John Gordon at GE Minds + Machines, “Electricity Reimagined: The Platform of Innovation Comes to Life,” we shared some of the GE and Intel collaborations, including exciting new business models.

GE is advancing the Industrial Internet by integrating Intel technology such as processors, security, gateway and embedded system components with the GE Predix platform for industries such as healthcare, energy, manufacturing, transportation and more. Together, we are driving digital industrial transformation, turning operational data into real-time intelligence. Here are some great examples:

 

Smart Factories

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To quote GE CEO Jeff Immelt, we are “drinking our own champagne” by partnering with GE to drive our own digital industrial transformation as a manufacturer. Starting with our fabrication and sorting manufacturing facility in Arizona, we are leveraging the power of GE Predix and portfolio of GE Digital solutions. Together, we are exploring opportunities to create new applications and tools to power the Industrial Internet — and to bring our customers and partners on this journey with us.

 

Smart Stadiums

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Smart stadiums equipped with Intel Technology use GE Predix and the Intel IoT Platform to optimize everything from the fan experience to operations — from parking and ticketing to concessions and crowd management. All this while delivering real-time insight to operators.

 

Smart Locomotives

A man gestures toward an illustration of a locomotive in the Intel booth at GE Minds and Machines 2016.

GE Transportation, another Intel IoT solution collaborator, is making an impact with smart trains to speed up the supply chain process. It’s leveraging a next-generation, Intel-based locomotive data center for its GoLINC platform to enhance communication and improve productivity throughout operation. Its mobile data center provides robust processing, wireless communication, networking, video and data storage. GoLINC interfaces with both locomotive and third-party systems to make data available, and features onboard wireless capability for easier data transfer.

 

Smart Wind Farms

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GE Energy has created the GE Digital Wind Farm, which connects GE and non-GE wind farms to the Predix cloud via an Intel-based Predix-ready gateway. The GE Digital Wind Farm’s combination of software-defined turbines with a digital infrastructure is helping customers realize hundreds of millions of dollars of additional value over the life of a typical wind farm. The GE Digital Wind Farm solution generates up to 20 percent more energy output thanks to the Predix-ready gateway with Intel technology.

 

Smart Cities

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I’ve often talked about the future of cities and the implications for IoT. Cities consume 75 percent of the world’s energy and have 80 percent of the carbon impact. Of this, 40 percent of city energy consumption is for lighting.  Imagine a city where smart street lights direct drivers to open parking spaces, measure air quality for pollen and pollution, detect seismic activity and report automobile accidents the instant they happen.

The platform is ready. The operating system is open. But, it’s going to take the developer community to innovate the solutions that will make a lasting impact. It’s going to take the developer community to build the next app economy — the industrial app economy — where changing the world is at our fingertips.

 

The Future Looks Bright

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Industrial IoT is real. GE and Intel are bringing together our technology, resources and developer communities to transform the market and open the possibilities. Let’s be first movers as we develop and drive innovation together for a better future.

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Secure Automated Vehicles Fuse Security With Functional Safety

I’m excited about the opportunity we have before us to lay the groundwork for safer automated vehicles, as outlined recently in U.S. President Barack Obama’s piece for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Self-driving, yes, but also safe.”  I see a clear path for fully autonomous vehicles to operate safely for the protection of everyone in and around the vehicle. Of course, no one company can do this alone. A job of this magnitude takes an entire ecosystem.

In the collaborations forming around architecting automated vehicles, automakers are realizing that they must ensure functional safety at all levels — hardware, software and network — from car to cloud. That’s why I am pleased that the Intel IoT ecosystem is working within the automotive industry to shift thinking about what we do today in order to enable the autonomous future of tomorrow.

 

Functional Safety, Meet Security

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We see the future as one in which the automotive industry fuses functional safety with cybersecurity. The two are interrelated and mutually dependent. Current ISO 26262 guidelines for functional safety do not fully comprehend this interrelationship. SAE J3061 has emerged as a great start to the guidelines for automotive cybersecurity, however the industry will need to establish some framework for implementation, or a reference architecture and set of best-known methods that demonstrate this fusion of safety and cybersecurity.

When I speak with automotive industry leaders around the world, I am often surprised by the widely varying perspectives on these two topics. Some believe that functional safety considerations beyond the in-vehicle architectures are not necessary. However, in a world moving quickly to predominately connected vs. not connected vehicles, the effects of security and functional safety concepts in the automotive network infrastructure and data centers from an end-to-end consideration are paramount. Security vulnerabilities will open the doors to safety concerns. What is really needed is a secure end-to-end scalable architecture.

 

Scaling out Automated Vehicle Safety

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We need partners and industry standards to scale. The Intel IoT ecosystem understands the complexity of fusing functional safety with security. From researching and developing business models with OEMs to collaborating with regulatory bodies, members of the Intel IoT ecosystem are helping guide functional safety for automated vehicles. Add to this the cybersecurity and data center expertise of Intel and you have a solid foundation for a secure end-to-end solution.

As with any nascent technology, the need for automakers to differentiate their offerings, combined with the newness of the automated driving market, is making standardization a back-burner priority. Here at Intel, we believe collaboration is the logical answer. That is why Intel remains a leader, supporter and contributor to key industry consortiums and relevant standards bodies, and we have actively contributed on both ISO 26262 and SAE J3061.

 

The Road to Autonomous

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Fueled by decades of success, the Intel IoT ecosystem is paving the road ahead for the automated vehicles of the future. That is what happens when innovation and collaboration merge on the road to fully automated vehicles. Intel is a logical trusted advisor to the auto industry for safety and security — together we can make a better future.

To learn more about the road ahead for fully automated vehicles, visit intel.com/automotive. For more on Intel IoT developments, subscribe to our RSS feed for email notifications of blog updates, or visit intel.com/IoTLinkedInFacebook and Twitter.

 

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Here’s How Security Can Drive Automated Vehicle Innovation

As director of strategic planning and production management for Intel’s Transportation Solutions Division, one thing I am particularly excited about these days is the future of automated vehicles. Advances we’re making in connected car technologies have tremendous potential to change our lives and societies for the better. Just imagine it: zero accidents, reduced congestion in the world’s most polluted cities and mobility for all.

Here at Intel, we’ve identified three key pillars that will guide us on the road to an automated vehicle future: the car (including in-vehicle computing and human-machine interfaces, or HMIs), the cloud and data center, and the communications that connect them, specifically 5G. Paramount to each of these pillars is security.

Yet while opportunity awaits, many automakers are still struggling to fuse together automated vehicle platform security. Today’s operating systems and automotive applications can have more than 100 million lines of code, making it challenging for an automaker to ensure that software is secure. Usually, there is an expectation that software will have a defect rate of 0.75 per function point, of which some percentage will cause security vulnerabilities. Agile product life cycle methodologies allow for collective learned enhancements (like maps, traffic data, parking and enhanced visual and cognitive acuity via deep learning updates), security patches and service upgrades with secure software over the air (SOTA) updates.

 

Architecting Security

An automated BMW dashboard with hands-off steering.

The Intel ecosystem is working to build resilient security and in-depth architecture, starting at the silicon level and extending to the operating system. Together, we’re protecting communication channels between devices and to the automotive data center for trusted software updates and secure downloads of maps and other navigational information. This fits right into what I consider to be some overall best practices for designing a secure automated driving environment. Along with that, we’re analyzing risk, combining functional safety and security teams, and architecting for requirements.

People can sometimes underestimate how broad a topic automotive security is, from initial design phases through manufacturing and production. By starting early and doing a holistic analysis, you can analyze threats and identify risks, then you can prioritize those risks and focus on hardening your architecture and solution. But it’s an industry and ecosystem challenge. No single company can solve automotive cybersecurity on its own.

 

Securing the Ride

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Historically, all existing security technologies evolve to address threats of their time. For example, intrusion detection systems (IDS) evolved in the 1980s in response to the proliferation of viruses and worms on personal computers, and public key cryptography was invented in the 1970s to secure network communications.

Today, we are doing research into new security technology that can help protect cyberphysical systems. This new technology will allow detection of security failures and will be able to self-recover or self-heal. It will also incorporate elements of artificial intelligence to create necessary levels of resiliency.

 

Driving toward the Future

A man lets his new road trip buddy, his automated vehicle, take over the driving.

Looking ahead, we are setting new standards and defining future architectures for safe, secure transportation that spans the vehicle, communications and data center. With cross-company technology and product leadership across IoT, data center, Intel Security, Wind River Systems, Intel Labs, and our new acquisitions of Nervana, Arynga, Itseez and YOGITECH in particular, Intel is uniquely positioned to prepare automakers and suppliers for the amazing future of transportation. And with our continued commitment to scalable, end-to-end security solutions, the Intel IoT ecosystem is providing layered protection from chip to cloud for a safer tomorrow.

To learn more about the road ahead for connected transportation, visit intel.com/automotive. For more on Intel IoT developments, subscribe to our RSS feed for email notifications of blog updates, or visit intel.com/IoTLinkedInFacebook and Twitter.

 

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Introducing the WatchGuard Firebox T70

WatchGuard is excited to announce the launch of the Firebox T70, our latest tabletop network security appliance. The T70 has set a new industry best, with 1 Gigabit per second in full UTM mode with HTTP traffic, and over 600 Megabits per second with HTTPS traffic. Now, network administrators can confidently deploy a tabletop appliance knowing it will run the services necessary to secure their network without compromising performance.

The Firebox T70 was designed to ensure that network administrators in the small and midsize business (SMB) and Distributed Enterprise segments can deploy a tabletop appliance that can handle HTTPS DPI in environments where Fiber broadband connections are becoming more prevalent. Though HTTPS adds security by encrypting traffic, unfortunately, bad actors are increasingly using this as an attack vector for passing malware through the firewall. It is critical that network admins have the capability to inspect and sanitize this traffic.

To achieve the high performance bar that was set for T70, we decided to leverage an Intel chipset – our first use of the Intel platform in our tabletop lineup. The combination of the product architecture and WatchGuard’s proprietary Fireware OS resulted in our most powerful tabletop yet, and the fastest tabletop UTM on the market when running in full UTM mode (e.g. Intrusion Prevention, Gateway Antivirus, and Application Control) But you don’t have to take our word for it – the performance of the Firebox T70 has been verified by the Miercom independent test lab.

From a design perspective, the Firebox T70 is a 1U tabletop appliance with an all-metal body and comes equipped with 8 x 1 Gb Ethernet ports, 2 of which support Power over Ethernet+ (PoE+). The 2 PoE+ ports allow administrators to easily extend the reach of the Firebox T70 by connecting remote peripherals such as wireless access points, without having to run costly AC power. The Firebox T70 is also fanless, so administrators can feel free to place it in noise sensitive work areas without having to worry about users being bothered by constant whirring.

The Firebox T70 is generally available now, please see the resources below to learn more, or to buy.

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Firebox M4600 & M5600

Today WatchGuard is pleased to announce the new Firebox M4600 and M5600 models, completing the replacement of all of our older XTM appliances with a new generation of hardware. Now, from the smallest Firebox T10 to the top of the line Firebox M5600, there is a new Firebox appliance that provides critical network and security functions in a single, centrally managed UTM platform that is easy to set up, deploy and manage.

The WatchGuard Firebox M4600 and Firebox M5600 appliances both provide two empty bays that can be used to add expandable network modules to meet the needs of a wide range of network configurations. Both models support three modular interface options that each add either four or eight interfaces to the Firebox:

  1. 8 x 1 Gb Fiber
  2. 4 x 10 Gb Fiber
  3. 8 x 1 Gb Copper

The picture above shows an M4600 with options 1 and 2 in the two expansion bays. Expandable network modules offer room to grow for the future. If the need for more network ports into the firewall grows, the business doesn’t have to do a costly rip out and replace. The network admin can simply add a new module to the existing appliance to add extra ports.

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These exciting new products are Generally Available (GA) now. Learn more through some of the new resources that are available with today’s public launch:

The M4600 provides 8 Gbps UTM throughput, and the M5600 is the fastest Firebox ever with 11 Gbps UTM. Download the datasheet with the full technical specifications for the two new appliances.

Use our new interactive module selector on the web to explore the different network module options available for each model, and see how the firewall throughput can depend on module configuration.

We also have a new technical brief that explains in detail how the new network modularity concept works in WatchGuard appliances.

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Big Security in a Small Package

At WatchGuard, we believe that good things can come in small packages. Our smallest tabletop appliances run the same operating system, or firmware, as the largest rack mount units. This means we can provide enterprise class security in a small form factor that helps protect small offices, retail stores, and remote branches of a distributed enterprise.

This is why we are very excited to introduce the next generation of our tabletop appliances today, the WatchGuard Firebox T30 and T50, which replaces our existing XTM 25/26 and XTM 33. With the Firebox T Series, companies of all sizes can benefit from our suite of sophisticated security technologies that have been developed to protect the most demanding enterprises. For example, with the WebBlocker service, every link is checked against the Threat Seeker cloud URL database from Websense. Using Intrusion Prevention Service (IPS), the Firebox looks for attacks against known vulnerabilities using technology from Trend Micro. Our newest subscription service, APT Blocker provides a defense against advanced malware. We check unknown files in a next generation sandbox in the cloud using full system emulation technology from Lastline.

You might think that these services would slow performance. In fact, the new T50 provides up to 165 Mbps of Unified Threat Management (UTM) performance[1] in a compact form factor with 7 Ethernet ports. The smaller T30 appliance has 5 ports and provides up to 135 Mbps UTM throughput. These powerful new boxes provide full security inspection of Internet traffic at the fast connection speeds available today.

The T30 and T50 don’t just provide faster throughput. New features support the growing needs for secure wireless access. Both models have options for an integrated 802.11ac wireless version – providing faster speeds over the less congested 5 GHz channel. Each model also includes a Power over Ethernet (PoE) port, which can be used to provide power to a WatchGuard Wireless Access Point. With PoE, small locations like retail shops don’t have to install expensive power runs to the ceiling for wireless access points. They can simply run an Ethernet cable from the Firebox to the mounting point. Of course the Firebox also comes with the integrated Gateway Wireless Controller software.

That’s a lot of sophisticated security technology in a small box. I’ve been running a Beta version of the T50 at home for a couple of months now. In today’s world, it’s reassuring to know that I have enterprise level security technology protecting my family and any work that I do for my company from home.

Find out more about the new T30 and T50 appliances at watchguard.com, here.

[1] Remember that UTM performance measures the throughput when the most demanding security services are enabled, including IPS and Gateway Antivirus. Not all vendors publish a combined performance number like this, but we believe that it is important to enable all security services and measure the combined throughput.

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Main Street is the New Cyber Battleground. We Have Your Secret Weapon.

Network breaches at corporate giants make headlines, but a surprisingly bloody cyber battlefield is taking place on Main Street. In fact, nearly half of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) have been victims of cyber crime. And “the bigger they are, the harder they fall” doesn’t apply. Big companies often survive to fight another day, but 60 percent of SMBs go out of business within six months of an attack.

Today, WatchGuard introduced two enterprise-strength firewalls that give small businesses a new secret weapon against hackers. The WatchGuard Firebox M200 and M300 Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) and Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliance provide powerful security with easy setup and management. What’s more, they’re up to 218 percent faster than competing solutions with all security engines turned on, and up to a blazing 385 percent faster for encrypted traffic inspection, so even small businesses can compete at enterprise speed. (Download the Miercom report now.)

“Sony and Target breaches have dominated headlines, but it’s the mom-and-pop shops that have gained traction with hackers,” said Corey Nachreiner, chief technology officer at WatchGuard. “In general, small businesses are less-protected and easier to breach, but not any more. The Firebox M200 and M300 make it easy for SMBs to protect themselves as effectively as large enterprises—and without the need for big-company IT resources.”

The new Firebox M200 and M300 run WatchGuard’s powerful Fireware® operating system and include RapidDeploy support that makes setup and configuration easy for SMBs, even without a dedicated technical staff. You can get complete product information here.

Want to know more about how cyber crime is affecting small businesses—and what to do about it? Download our eBook now: “The Cyber Crime Guide for Small and Midsize Businesses.

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Or explore our interactive infographic “Cyber Crime Comes To Main Street” to see the sneaky tactics hackers are using to attack mom-and-pop companies on every corner.

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Find Out Why IT Pro Magazine Calls WatchGuard’s Firebox M440 “a Powerful Beast”

Today, we’re excited to announce the “beastly” accomplishments of our Firebox® M440. It has achieved a coveted 5-Star rating and has been named the Editor’s Choice by IT Pro Magazine. Read the entire review right now.

You may recall back in October, when we launched this powerful UTM/NGFW appliance, it was the first appliance rich in truly independent ports. And, it was the first appliance to make it easy to apply the right policies to the correct network segment, without complex configurations. That means better security and protection for data.

IT Pro agrees! WatchGuard’s Firebox® M440 impressed the editors on a variety of fronts with its superb value, top performance, extensive security measures, high port density and integral wireless gateway controller.

As the review notes, “With its fire-engine red chassis you can’t miss a WatchGuard security appliance, but the Firebox M440 is an eye-catcher for a number of other good reasons. It’s designed to help big businesses enforce custom security policies across multiple network segments, but without complicating the process.”

The WatchGuard Firebox M440 delivers 25 1Gb Ethernet ports, eight that deliver Power over Ethernet (PoE), plus two 10 Gb SFP+ (fiber) ports.

The editors also highlight that for a sub-£10K appliance, it’s a powerful beast, with the appliance claiming a top 6.7Gbits/sec firewall throughput and 1.6Gbits/sec for UTM against the competition. The value is excellent as well, with a three-year LiveSecurity subscription that activates the firewall, VPNs, HTTPS inspection plus full customer support and has an RRP of £4,942 ex VAT. Add in all the features, including IPS, app control, advanced threat protection, DLP and more, and the cost is only £8,449. Finally, along with a superb range of security features, the M440 took top value, costing significantly less than competing products, such as SonicWALL’s E-Series NSA 6500.

RED continues to roar.

To read the entire review, click here.

To check out the infographic we did on network segmentation myths, click here.

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