WatchGuard is to move into the messaging and content security markets with the launch of the extensible content security (XCS) platform.

The company claimed that the platform will provide business email, web content, data loss prevention and cloud-based protection, and it will protect businesses against phishing attacks, identity theft, viruses, malware, data loss and other forms of network, application and data threats.

The WatchGuard XCS platform addresses email security needs of small to medium sized businesses up to 1,000 users, with the WatchGuard XCS 170, 370 and 570 series. For mid-tier and enterprise organisations with 10,000 or more users that require advanced messaging and content protection, WatchGuard offers the WatchGuard XCS 770, 970 and 1170 series of appliances.

Joe Wang, CEO of WatchGuard Technologies, said: “Next generation threats are becoming more sophisticated and stealthy.  Because of this, businesses today face unprecedented risk and exposure from email and web-related threats.

“By combining WatchGuard's state-of-the-art multifunction firewall appliances with the new XCS line of messaging and content security solutions, businesses gain a complete, multi-faceted and multi-layered defence architecture that is highly effective, extremely efficient and easy to manage.”