We are often asked by clients if they really need to renew their firewall support subscriptions. The hardware units rarely fail so some people think that this is an unnecessary expense. However, LiveSecurity from WatchGuard includes more than just the hardware warranty.
WatchGuard Live Security:
- An extension to the hardware warranty with next-day advance hardware replacement
- Ongoing software/firmware updates including full releases
- Real-time alerts of security threats for Windows, Macintosh and Unix/Linus operating systems
- Access to telephone and web-based support from WatchGuard should a problem with the device arise
In terms of importance, the access to technical support and the software updates are extremely valuable. The risk to the functioning of a network and, consequently, your business is just too serious to not have the latest defenses in place.
There are also several other security services available for WatchGuard firewalls that add multiple layers of defense thereby turning the device into a comprehensive, all-in-one network security solution. These subscriptions include:
- Application Control
- Gateway Antivirus
- Reputation Enabled Web Defense
- Intrusion Prevention Service
These can be obtained individually or as a bundle with 1-, 2- or 3-year subscriptions – the bundled offering is call the UTM (Unified Threat Management) Bundle.
When any of these subscriptions are nearing expiration we automatically send our clients a renewal quote because we firmly believe that all the benefits they provide are very much worth their modest cost, especially when you consider the financial damage that just one small security breach can cause.
The firewalls that we prefer and recommend are the WatchGuard brand security appliances. The number one reason we do this is that we strongly believe their products provide the best network security value in the marketplace. They provide word-class, premium protection at very, very reasonable prices. You can pay a LOT more for a more well-known name brand (that rhymes with Crisco) that provides no significant improvement in functionality or security. Our clients using WatchGuard products simply do not experience any external security breaches.