WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security

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WatchGuard Network Security

Overview

What is WatchGuard Network Security?

WatchGuard Network Security is a network security and firewall software. WatchGuard includes secure Wi-Fi, multi-factor authentication, and network intelligence products and services designed for SMB’s.
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How WatchGuard Network Security Differs From Its Competitors

WatchGuard Network Security Partner

When we trade in the firewall for the newer model we will also take out the added implementation service. This allows the current config to be backed up, checked for best practice/inconsistencies and rebuilt on the new device. This is always carried out efficiently and allows us to plug and play …
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WatchGuard Network Security Partner

I purchased them with a partner and they were pretty good. I did the implementation myself, but next time I might have someone do it for me so I can get a better understanding of all the features and ensure proper setup.
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WatchGuard Network Security Partner

We worked with GNS (Guardian Network Solutions) to get ours. The initial setup was done by WatchGuard, so we have not used the GNS support at this point. GNS is good about reaching out to us before expiration and assisted with an upgrade when our old unit reached the end of its life. We are …
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WatchGuard Network Security Partner

I worked with the partner in the implementation of the firewall. Their in-depth analysis of our existing IT system, together with the knowledge and experience they possess, greatly helped in the reorganization or optimization of the system's operation, better utilization of IT resources setting up …
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WatchGuard Network Security Packaging and Licensing

We took the HA license and devices to mitigate the point of failure and get a higher level of system availability. The reporting system is very well covered with their free SIEM solution Dimension, which offers great options for traffic monitoring and reporting. Basic security license has enough …
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WatchGuard Network Security Partner

We work with ARYAN for purchases of WatchGuard devices and licenses, they have always been attentive and make sure that the systems we buy work 100% without problems, their recommendations and help with configuration are always professional and flawless, They have low prices and always recommend …
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WatchGuard Network Security Packaging and Licensing

WatchGuard Network Security simplifies everything thanks to its firebox devices, having a Watchguard UTM firebox in the communications rack is synonymous with "no problems" and once it is up and running, the system is practically independent, from watchguard they update it periodically and its …
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WatchGuard Network Security Partner

We are a Managed Service Provider, so we not only implemented the solution on our network, but we also implement the WatchGuard solutions on business all over the country. Our engineers are cross-trained and the solution was easily adoptable by all of them. We have received no issues or complaints …
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WatchGuard Network Security Partner

We are a reseller and implement Watchguard solutions for our customers. Ranging from complete management to managed by customer, supported by us. In the few cases we had to contact Watchguard our selves for either technical or customer support, we have found them to be very willing to assist in a …
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WatchGuard Network Security Partner

Nuvias - Very good partner to deal with. very helpful and make the process very straightforward. Provide ongoing training for services and are always on hand if issues are experienced. They are very knowledgeable and make the support process as simple as possible. They are always willing to answer …
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WatchGuard Network Security Packaging and Licensing

This is of course a nice bundled setup
Easy to quote and to present to the end users
The partner web site is also well done to track the expiration dates and take actions
The Management included in the price is important. it does not need to be purchases separetly
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WatchGuard Network Security Partner

Yes, we work with Nuvias to purchase all our Watchguard products and services. We find them a fantastic company to work with they always promptly provide us with required Watchguard products and services and have a fantastic account management team. They also handle our support queries in a prompt …
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WatchGuard Network Security Packaging and Licensing

The licensing model has benefited in some ways at customer sites where we have utilized all of the features within the licensing. However in some sites that only require basic functionality think the option to buy the box outright on its own would suit a bit better and allow us to sell boxes to …
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WatchGuard Network Security Partner

I worked with Insight for purchase. I cannot recommend Insight enough. They were willing to meet with me and took the time to find our needs. Then they worked tirelessly to get me the best price on this item. I went back to them for additional Watchguard purchases as well. As they are always …
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WatchGuard Network Security Packaging and Licensing

This bundle made it such an easy decision to be able to get all of the features that we needed and more. It provided us with more protection and features that we have made use of. Being able to use Intelligent AV on the gateway is a fantastic addition along with the Web blocker making this one of …
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WatchGuard Network Security Packaging and Licensing

This approach makes managing and maintaining the appliances much simpler as we no longer need to track multiple module licenses and ensure that these licenses are renewed and kept up to date across dozens of devices individually. We just need to keep track of the license level and renewal date for …
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WatchGuard Network Security Partner

We are a WatchGuard partner that does resell, however, we typically include full configuration and support with products sold. We don't commonly sell just an appliance without our value-added services. Our services include initial configuration (Migration of existing network), updates, …
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WatchGuard Network Security Packaging and Licensing

Two types of licenses are available: Basic and Total security. These packages offer less flexibility in the sense that you can't pick and chose what features you need and only pay for those features. However, this simplified pricing scheme does work very well for the industry they are targeting. …
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WatchGuard Network Security Partner

I have installed in past setups with WG partner, lately installations and updates have been managed and operated by myself. WG partner seems to have basic knowledge implementions and basic diagnostic, but after that I figured that we are on our own here. So needed more practice and little try and …
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WatchGuard Network Security Packaging and Licensing

Its simplifies thigs at least, would like to have this remain at future. Cloud implementations should be separated, so customers that don't want to put resources at cloud environments don't have to. Not aware of any other benefits that could useful our organization or others. Licenses could be …
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WatchGuard Network Security Partner

I worked for Watchguard's partner. The service was excellent, fast, concrete, and clear. They have very good technical and sales support that quickly responds and solves all the challenges.
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Awards

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Popular Features

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  • Policy-based Controls (262)
    9.3
    93%
  • Content Inspection (255)
    9.0
    90%
  • Firewall Management Console (259)
    9.0
    90%
  • Reporting and Logging (254)
    8.2
    82%

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Features Scorecard

Firewall

8.9
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Product Details

What is WatchGuard Network Security?

WatchGuard Network Security is a network security and firewall software. WatchGuard has been in the cyber security technology space for over 20 years. The vendor sees itself as a pioneer in the space, and aims to deliver easy-to-deploy and easy-to-manage solutions. WatchGuard offer a comprehensive advanced network security platform that puts IT security professionals back in charge of their network with widely deployable, enterprise-grade security and threat visibility tools suitable for an organization, regardless of budget, size or complexity. In addition to network security, WatchGuard includes secure Wi-Fi, multi-factor authentication, and network intelligence products and services. The vendor says this is important because the cyber security landscape is constantly evolving, and new threats emerge each day. WatchGuard's goal is to make enterprise-grade cyber security technology accessible for every company. The vendor reports that WatchGuard serves more than 80,000 small and midsize enterprises around the globe and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

WatchGuard Network Security Features

Firewall Features

  • Supported: Identification Technologies
  • Supported: Visualization Tools
  • Supported: Content Inspection
  • Supported: Policy-based Controls
  • Supported: Active Directory and LDAP
  • Supported: Firewall Management Console
  • Supported: Reporting and Logging
  • Supported: VPN
  • Supported: High Availability
  • Supported: Stateful Inspection
  • Supported: Proxy Server

WatchGuard Network Security Screenshots

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WatchGuard Network Security Videos

Protecting your business doesn’t have to mean sifting through endless alerts and notifications. With WatchGuard Total Security Suite, you can feel confident that your business is secure, meaning you can get back to the things that have been sitting on your to-do list. Learn mo...
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You've spent years building your business and that's why you should choose WatchGuard to protect. See how we've spent the last 20+ years developing solutions that fit your specific business needs.
Cybersecurity is complex. WatchGuard Network Security can help keep it simple.

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WatchGuard Network Security Integrations

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WatchGuard Network Security Competitors

WatchGuard Network Security Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Chinese

Frequently Asked Questions

WatchGuard Network Security is a network security and firewall software. WatchGuard includes secure Wi-Fi, multi-factor authentication, and network intelligence products and services designed for SMB’s.

Fortinet FortiGate and Sophos SG Firewall Appliances are common alternatives for WatchGuard Network Security.

Reviewers rate Policy-based Controls highest, with a score of 9.3.

The most common users of WatchGuard Network Security are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Reviews

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Martin Eduardo Sieburger | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
Its ease of use, User-friendly tools, and full powerful capabilities are some of the strengths we found in their security solutions. The integration between different security solutions provided by WatchGuard Network Security really powers it up. They were and are always a step ahead and they always provide some alternative to newly discovered threats. Incorporating state-of-the-art solutions into their portfolio.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Great product, allows us to create secure site to site vpn's where users authenticate with mfa via the Authpoint app. User security can be defined in AD groups and are authenticated via single sign on. Gives good overall visibility of the network via logs and reports.
The intital set up/config is a more involved process than with the TZ SonicWalls, so far small office setups it may not be the best option, however it does scale up extremely well into the mid size market.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
Pro: connect business office, work on remote with vpn.
Cons: application portal has to improve, wifi cloud is not worth it, there are better solution from other vendor.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The T40 is a great firewall for small business, as it has plenty of processing power and is transparent to the users. Make sure you get enough processor to handle the load for your users, using their suggestions for the number of users. They offered to help set up the unit for the first time, and it was easy with their assistance.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
WatchGuard Network security is well suited in the client based VPN connectivity. They offer three types of VPNs: IKEv1 supported, IKEv2 and SSL. All three are supported in the most Windows and Mac OS versions, have great performance and they are the ideal solution for employees who frequently work remotely or require remote access to sensitive resources.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
As a perimeter defense it is excellent, if you have total security the cloud-based service is impressive, the detection of vulnerabilities and problems is practically 0 days, like vpn, if you have a high-end device, the vpn is fast, not so much if you use entry-level devices, the system works very well over the ssl port and does not cause problems.

Zachary Coffman, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
WatchGuard Firewall's are a great all around device with Best-in-Breed Services for ultimate protection. These appliances are well suited for business in the small to medium, as well as enterprise environments. The Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) is excellent and can be deployed in any environment. The great thing about the WatchGuard family of products is that they are independent of each other, meaning you can use the MFA with any firewall, not just a WatchGuard.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
WatchGuard Network Security firewalls are very suited for when you need a stateful firewall and use its additional security features (UTM) like Webblocker, APT, Anti-malware, HTTPS DPI, and client en branch office VPN. The way WatchGuard Network Security firewalls are managed makes it very easy to get an overview of the policies and easy to understand. It's not complex where it does not have to be while still offering advanced features where needed. WatchGuard Network Security firewalls, like other 'UTM' layer 7 firewalls, are not worth their money if they are only used as a router. In some scenarios, a (Cisco) router or Layer 3 switch would make more sense. This is true for most technologies; there is no "one solution fits all." If you need (fast) internal routing and only require basic ACL, a layer 3 switch that does stateless inspection is more suited. For connecting remote offices, WatchGuard Network Security firewalls make setting up VPNs easy, but if all they do is full tunneling and routing, a dedicated router should also be considered for value.
September 28, 2022

WatchGuard as a Service

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
We have found that WatchGuard services are great for some of our clients with 50+ staff as it makes the cost justifiable. When working with smaller clients we have found it to be more work to get the right solution. There are products for the smaller company but the cost can be to much for their security budget.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
We appreciate the licensing model when it comes to install an active / passive redundant setup
Total Security Suite licensing is by the way a bit expensive especially for small or mid size companies
The WatchGuard brand is not known enough. Marketing enhancements should be done especially compared to other manufacturers
September 23, 2022

Great product

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
I deal a lot with law enforcement. I get calls from officers in patrol cars having issues and I can remotely initiate scans and see other vital information from a single console.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
For myself, it suits our needs for connecting 3x locations. The security package options are pretty good. I usually opt for basic security as this covers the most important modules for us. Multi-WAN capability works well for us. Especially using SDWAN for separating certain traffic types.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
Looking after a lot of small to medium businesses the Watchguards are perfect for smaller networks like these as they can be cost-effective easy to configure and manage and have relatively low noise/space impact. As businesses scale the licensing costs for the larger models can end up being cost prohibitive especially as key features are behind a higher subscription.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Small Organizations all the way up to Large Corporations, Watchguard has a product for you. Be it their smaller firewalls or their larger firewalls. If you are a financial corporation, I feel that their entire suite would be a fantastic addition to your company's security architecture. If you are someone who is not worried about threats externally or are running a small side business, their products may not be as useful to you.
Melih Tansuyu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Actually, for Turkey users, the mandatory specialty is logging. We have to log all traffic details here. Additionally, the hot spot must be improved. As a hotel, some days, over 200 devices are connected to our wifi. With a better hot spot and maybe a more flexible band with a limitation option, the device is more useful.
September 13, 2022

Simple and complete

Simone Iapichino | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
The only scenarios we had difficulties in the past were only star configuration where peripherical branches were really small due to higher costs Sometimes we had problems having a hybrid network, and we need to connect different vendors' firewalls.
Tyler Brooks | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Watchguards stand out when deployed at SMB clients where the network infrastructure is relatively straightforward and doesn't require a particularly complex implementation. There is excellent support for VLANs, Firewall ACL,s and VPNs, however, extremely complex implementations requiring a large number of rule sets are less user-friendly to implement, and lend themselves more to CLI-based devices.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
WatchGuard Network Security is a very capable and price-effective option for network security in the SMB space. Proxy actions work well and allow for plenty of configuration. Recent firmware updates have been very stable. WatchGuard Network Security has excellent documentation that is publicly accessible. WatchGuard Network Security products are well suited to the SMB/SME industry. Not as feature-rich or as advanced as say, Palo Alto, however, the price is an order of magnitude less.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
Very well suited for 1-500 user company, it can fit 99% of network you can find.
Less appropriate when the ISP dont let you manage the internet flow. (no NAT / DMZ etc...)
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