WatchGuard enhances web security appliance to support IPv6 and mobility adoption

WatchGuard Technologies, a provider of integrated, multi-function network security platforms, announced the latest operating system for its e-mail and web-based security appliance, WatchGuard XCS Version 10.

XCS 10 comes with new Microsoft Hyper-V support for XCSv, IPv6 support, and outbound anti-spam capabilities. It streamlines the implementation and management of content security strategies for small, medium and large enterprises.

Roger Klorese, director of product management at WatchGuard Technologies, said the latest upgrade is designed to make deployment and management easier for IT security professionals, and deliver new functionality that can help meet today’s challenges around virtualization and IPv6.


WatchGuard XCS appliance features effective defense-in-depth for email and Web, including powerful data loss prevention. XCS also provides protection from email and web-based threats including spam, viruses, compromised websites, blended threats, and network attacks.

By announcing IPv6 support, WatchGuard is eyeing the opportunity in the growing IPv6 market. With the number of IPv6 devices growing and many areas of the world running out of (Asia), or running low on, IPv4 addresses, the move to IPv6 is underway.

The growing IPv6 adoption also brings new challenges. Security researchers and attackers will focus more on discovering IPv6 vulnerabilities, Gartner said recently. Strong vulnerability management processes will be critical to a successful IPv4 to IPv6 migration, Gartner said.

XCS allows organizations to apply the same rich security controls to their email when migrating to IPv6 or mixed-addressing environments.

As enterprises adopt mobility through BYOD and guest network access, there is a growing need to address the security concerns associated with such initiatives. To help combat this problem, WatchGuard XCS 10 now includes out-bound anti-spam controls to clean outbound email and help preserve corporate reputation.

XCS Version 10 is a free upgrade available to all users of the XCS hardware and XCSv virtual appliances with LiveSecurity subscriptions.

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