WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in multi-function firewalls, today announced the new AP300 for secure wireless access. Designed to work with WatchGuard's award-winning Unified Threat Management (UTM) Firebox appliances, the AP300 delivers cutting-edge wireless access with advanced security services to help industry providers better protect customers across Wi-Fi networks. The AP300 offers the latest 802.11ac standard and a host of new wireless features to solve business problems including Fast Roaming to improve quality for VoIP devices; Fast Handover, which forces "sticky" devices with low signal strength to quickly connect to the next AP; and Band Steering to move devices to the clearer 5GHz band.
Wireless trends are growing with Wi-Fi access becoming ubiquitous in businesses, stores, corporate environments and public spaces. Organizations are offering guest Wi-Fi access so customers can go online via cell phones, laptops and devices. However, security is an often overlooked yet critical element in the explosion of wireless today. As the use of wireless increases, so does the vulnerability to both opportunistic and targeted attacks.
"Organizations across all industries are facing increased pressure from customers, vendors, and employees to offer wireless access. Unfortunately, hackers are also constantly trying to gain a foothold into the network," said Ryan Orsi, director of product management at WatchGuard. "Organizations need to play better defense, especially on Wi-Fi networks. Businesses that fail to properly secure their Wi-Fi networks, including guest hotspots, may expose customers, partners, and internal users to a variety of risks. The AP300 provides the latest wireless technology and best-in-class security features working together to help protect customers from threats online via Wi-Fi networks."
"WatchGuard's advanced network security products have made a tremendous impact on our business," said Casey Jones, chief technology officer of Quasar Data. "We love WatchGuard for secure wireless. The AP300 is super easy to set up and we experience excellent coverage throughout the office and the datacenter. With the new roaming feature, I can walk from my office all the way into my data center and stay constantly connected with super-fast speed."Organizations need to provide their customers with a fast, reliable secure wireless network experience.
Security threats that may involve wireless networks include:
WatchGuard protects against these threats, enabling wireless networks to pass traffic through all security services running on the WatchGuard firewall, including anti-virus (AV), Intrusion Prevention Service (IPS), WebBlocker, spamBlocker, App Control, Reputation Enabled Defense, APT Blocker, and Data Loss Prevention. Each of these services is managed in a single-pane-of-glass console, and can be enabled without sacrificing speed or throughput.