Brief Overview

WatchGuard Technologies provides network security and secure Wi-Fi solutions for small to medium-sized businesses and distributed enterprises including a unified threat management appliance, a network visibility solution, and secure wireless Access Points.


WatchGuard Technologies
505 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 500
Seattle, Washington 98104
Tel: (800) 734 – 9905


Prakash Panjwani serves as CEO of WatchGuard. Corey Nachriener serves at CTO.


WatchGuard was founded in 1996 as Seattle Software Labs, Inc. Its first product was a network firewall called the WatchGuard Security Management System, which included the WatchGuard Firebox "firewall in a box" security appliance, along with configuration and administration software. In 1997, the company changed its name to WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. Francisco Partners acquired the company in October 2006.

Key Competitors

Fortinet, Sophos, SonicWall

Key Acquisitions
Datablink (2017) – Two-Factor Authentication

Products and Services

WatchGuard provides a range of network security solutions based on its Firebox Unified Threat Management (UTM) platform that can be grouped as follows:

• Unified Threat Management: UTM security appliances that include modules for scanning, application control, IPS, URL filtering, spam prevention, and gateway antivirus. Advanced security services include behavior-based detection for advanced malware, data loss prevention, correlation of threat between the network and endpoints, and DNS-based security
• Secure Wi-Fi: WatchGuard offers a series of cloud-managed wireless Access Points with built-in Wireless Intrusion Prevention Services (WIPS), and an intuitive user interface that allows for easy management, analysis and the collection of marketing analytics.
• Network Intelligence: WatchGuard Dimension is a cloud-ready network security visibility and reporting solution that is included standard within WatchGuard’s flagship UTM and Next Generation Firewall platform.

WatchGuard offers its Firebox UTM platform as a hardware appliance, a public cloud version and a virtualized version.