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WatchGuard Awarded '#1 Top Growth Bestseller' for VPN and 'Top Five Bestseller' for Network Security Hardware
Nov 28, 2007 (08:11 AM EST)


SEATTLE, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- WatchGuard(R) Technologies, a leading provider of network security solutions, today announced that it received top honors in the CMP Channel 2007 CRN Mid-Year Bestsellers List for the categories of Network Security Hardware and VPN (Virtual Private Networking).

In these categories, WatchGuard posted two impressive showings of "Top Five Bestsellers" for both Network Security Hardware and VPN categories. Adding to this, CRN gave the prestigious award of "#1 Top Growth Bestseller" in the VPN category to WatchGuard.

"WatchGuard's vision is to provide businesses with state of the art network security solutions at compelling price points. This award evidences our leadership and commitment to this vision," said Mark Romano, director, global channel marketing at WatchGuard. "Our channel partners are the key to turning our vision into a reality and bringing it to market on a global scale. Our channel programs coupled with our superior price/performance security solutions empower our channel partners to confidently stand toe-to-toe with any of the monolithic networking infrastructure players."

As an authoritative technology guideline, the CRN Bestsellers list provides IT decision makers with the top five best-selling technologies in 22 technology categories, as well the Channel Bestseller and Top Growth Bestseller, respectively. The #1 Top Growth Bestseller is determined by change in share between January through June 2007 and January through June 2006.

WatchGuard Network Security and VPN Solutions

WatchGuard network security appliances deliver powerful unified threat management for small-to-medium sized businesses and remote office/enterprise branch deployments. Available for both wired and wireless environments, WatchGuard's network security solutions combine layer-7 firewall, VPN, zero-day protection, anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, intrusion prevention, and URL filtering to provide highly secure, comprehensive network protection. Advanced networking and traffic management capabilities maximize network configurability, while a web-based user interface makes WatchGuard products easy to deploy and manage.

About CMP Channel

CMP Channel is the one stop shop customers turn to in order to meet their global sales channel objectives from access to execution. Through use of its family of channel solutions which include CRN and VARBusiness, the ChannelWeb network, XChange worldwide face-to-face events and the Institute for Partner Education & Development (IPED), vendors are able to accelerate sales through the channel. CMP Channel provides a worldwide answer to advertising, branding and marketing services, lead generation, market intelligence, branded and custom events, education of solution providers and best practices for vendors.

About CRN

CRN provides solution providers and technology integrators with the crucial information and analysis they need to drive their company's sales. As an advocate for and voice of the IT channel, solution providers turn to CRN first for immediate information. With nearly 25 years of experience, CRN is the most trusted source for channel professionals.

About CMP

CMP ( http://www.cmp.com/ http://www.unitedbusinessmedia.com/ http://cmp.com/news ) is a media and marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. With the leading online, event and print brands in all technology market categories, and with services and tools that reach beyond traditional advertising, CMP shapes and influences the technology industry worldwide. CMP publishes highly respected media brands such as TechWeb, InformationWeek, ChannelWeb, CRN, EE Times and TechOnline; produces major industry events such as Interop, Web 2.0 Expo, XChange, Game Developers Conference and the Embedded Systems Conferences; and provides business information and marketing services such as the International Customer Management Institute, Semiconductor Insights and Second Life consulting for technology marketers. CMP is a subsidiary of United Business Media ( ), a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion. For more CMP news, go to .

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

Since 1996, WatchGuard(R) Technologies, Inc. has been the technology leader in network security appliances, providing reliable and easy-to-manage security solutions to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. The WatchGuard Firebox(R) X family of unified threat management (UTM) solutions provides an unparalleled combination of reliable and multi-layered security with the best ease of use in its class. WatchGuard products are backed by the WatchGuard LiveSecurity(R) Service, an innovative support, maintenance, and education program. WatchGuard is a privately owned company headquartered in Seattle and has offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, please visit http://www.watchguard.com/ .

WatchGuard, Firebox, and LiveSecurity are registered trademarks of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. All other marks are property of their respective owners. Contacts: Chris McKie Abbie Kendall WatchGuard Technologies Tabor Communications 206-613-3760 503-816-1067 chris.mckie@watchguard.com

CONTACT: Chris McKie of WatchGuard Technologies, +1-206-613-3760, chris.mckie@watchguard.com; or Abbie Kendall of Tabor Communications,+1-503-816-1067, , for WatchGuard Technologies

Web site: http://www.watchguard.com/