Fireware XTM 11.6 includes substantive performance and management enhancements that help administrators define, review and enforce network policies
Manageable business security applications WatchGuard Technologies has unveiled its Fireware XTM 11.6, the new update to XTM Operating System.
The new release includes performance and management enhancements that help administrators define, review and enforce network policies, the company said.
Fireware XTM 11.6 provides single sign-on so that users coming through Citrix XenApp or Microsoft Terminal Services environments would not require any additional authentication steps.
WatchGuard user authentication page now supports smart phones (Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile), enabling mobile users to be identified for use in policy management and reporting.
The company has updated the Reputation Enabled Defense with new phishing and malware information feeds from PhishTank and MalwareDomainList. Reputation Enabled Defense is a cloud-based URL reputation service that protects web users from malicious web pages.
Fireware XTM 11.6 increases the firewall throughput on all XTM 5 and 8 Series models, increases the number of VLANs on XTM 3, 5, and 8 Series platforms and updates Report Manager to include a dashboard and a single set of reports for both PCI and HIPAA.
It also provides new diagnostic capabilities that help users to troubleshoot VPN interoperability and connectivity issues, introduces new tools to simplify the understanding and maintenance of policies as defined on the firewall and helps to simulate and understand how traffic is handled through the firewall.
The new operating system allows user authentication auto redirect page to be configured to point to a specified hostname, enabling customers to use commercial CA signed certificates for users.
It can schedule WebBlocker URL database updates to occur automatically every 24 hours.
Now the IPSec Pass-through works with Static NAT, enabling branch office tunnels to be built from remote sites to routers behind the WatchGuard firewall.
WatchGuard Technologies Product Management director Roger Klorese said, "With this new release of Fireware XTM, WatchGuard continues to push the envelope by giving administrators powerful tools to see what is going on in their network, as well as rich policy controls that give them new abilities to quickly and easily create and enforce security policies."