WatchGuard adds safe search and control for 1,800 applications with threat management enhancements

WatchGuard has enhanced its threat management capabilities.

Expanding on its extensible threat management (XTM) family of multifunction firewalls, it said that administrators are able to manage and enforce search engine filtering settings to ensure users receive controlled results. The Safe Search technology allows administrators to override whatever preference users set in their web browser.

Also, it said that enhancements to the application control functionality means that more than 1,800 applications can be managed, including identification of Android and iPhone mobile phone browsers and popular social networking and Web 2.0 applications from around the world.

Eric Aarrestad, VP of marketing at WatchGuard, told SC Magazine that the content security capabilities added by the acquisition of Borderware in 2009 have allowed it to add this functionality. “For us what is most important is that needs are being met and security policy is being strengthened with tools to provide access,” he said.

“This is a very simple offering, it is not just blocking Facebook, it blocks within it. We have connected the elements and are focussed on solving user needs. Companies need help identifying traffic and setting policy before implementing software and with management you can select multiple applications."

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