WatchGuard has extended its line of SSL virtual private networks (VPN) with an offering for companies with up to 500 concurrent remote and mobile workers.

The company said that the SSL 560 is a highly secure remote access solution that provides reliable connectivity to corporate networks, applications and data. According to WatchGuard, it allows businesses the flexibility of defining user databases on-board the appliance, or integrating with other third-party authentication systems, such as LDAP, Active Directory or Radius.

The company also said that it offers delivery of non-native desktop and server applications such as SSH (secure shell) and RDP (remote desktop). In terms of security, it includes deep device examination and endpoint integrity checking functionality so that policies can be enforced to ensure connecting devices have firewall protection and up-to-date anti-virus definitions so that only healthy and policy compliant devices are on the network.

Additional security can be utilised with onboard two-factor authentication as it can generate SMS-based tokens and one-time passwords to a user's mobile device. Eric Aarrestad, vice president of marketing at WatchGuard, said: “Any device with a web browser can harness the power of the WatchGuard SSL 560 to securely connect to corporate resources. By focusing on ease of use, the WatchGuard SSL 560 makes set-up, management and control of remote and mobile workers a breeze.”