WatchGuard Fireware XTM 11.6 firewall operating system

Monday, 16 July, 2012

Fireware XTM 11.6 includes performance and management enhancements that help administrators define, review and enforce network policies.

The release is available for all WatchGuard XTM models and offers simple definition of user rules in Citrix and Terminal Services. It provides single sign-on so that users coming through Citrix XenApp or Microsoft Terminal Services environments don’t require any additional authentication steps.

The user authentication page has been updated to support smartphones (Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile), enabling mobile users to be identified for use in policy management and reporting.

Reputation Enabled Defense, the cloud-based URL reputation service that protects web users from malicious web pages, has been updated to include new phishing and malware information feeds from PhishTank and MalwareDomainList.

Firewall throughput has been increased on all XTM 5 and 8 Series models, by as much as 50% in some cases. Report Manager has been updated to include a dashboard and a single set of reports for both PCI and HIPAA. It now provides one-click access to information needed for compliance requirements.

The number of VLANs on XTM 3, 5 and 8 Series platforms has been increased. New diagnostic capabilities help users to troubleshoot VPN interoperability and connectivity issues.

New tools to help simplify the understanding and maintenance of policies as defined on the firewall, including On-line Policy Checker, which helps to quickly simulate and understand how traffic is handled through the firewall. Users can enter IP address and port combinations to determine which firewall rule is triggered and whether traffic will be allowed.

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