WatchGuard adds DNS protection to security suite

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WatchGuard adds DNS protection to security suite

The security appliance vendor is adding another defence layer that will protect users from dangerous sites.

WatchGuard has acquired Percipient Networks, and will add that company's Strongarm DNS service to the WatchGuard Total Security Suite.

Strongarm is aimed at small and mid-sized businesses, and works by monitoring outbound DNS requests. When a user attempts to access a known-bad domain, they are redirected to a page that educates them about the problem in the hope of avoiding similar problems in future.

The system also captures information about the threat to help the company advise IT managers and managed service providers about how such attacks can be avoided.

“Phishing is one of the most common methods used to gain a first point of entry into an organisation. It is one of the most effective tactics because it targets people. As such, organisations must employ a two-pronged approach to combat phishing: malware prevention services and employee education,” said Percipient Networks co-founder and CTO Todd O'Boyle.

“By protecting users and using blocked attacks as an opportunity to educate we significantly reduce the odds of that employee making the same mistake a second time. We are delighted to continue development of the product and our threat research team under WatchGuard's leadership.”

The Strongarm DNS filtering service will be available in beta form to WatchGuard customers later this month. Shortly after, it will be made generally available at no extra charge as part of Total Security Suite.

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