Based in Seattle, WA
, WatchGuard is a provider of Internet security systems for businesses. Their flagship
product is the Firebox
- a Linux
with optional VPN
support. They also make a smaller SOHO
version for smaller applications. While they have tried moving into other product areas with their ServerLock
software that prevents changing of web pages, it has been a largely unsuccessful addition (if the hacker can get into the system, it isn't that
comforting to know that they aren't changing the web site).
WatchGuard was founded in 1996 and its IPO was July 30, 1999. WatchGuard is traded under the Nasdaq ticker WGRD.