WatchGuard Donates 4 Million Pesos Worth of IT Security Equipment to Philippine Schools

Posted: March 30, 2011 in Tech
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Mr. Terry Haas, WatchGuard Technologies’ Vice President for International Sales

WatchGuard Technologies donated 4 Million Pesos-worth of network security products to selected schools in the Philippines. The company, in partnership with Lamco International and iPlus Intelligent Network Inc., selected public and private schools from all over the country to receive WatchGuard Firebox X55e-W. Among the beneficiaries in Manila were De La Salle University, San Beda College, Technological University of the Philippines, and the University of the East.

Vice President for International Sales of WatchGuard Technologies, Terry Haas, personally turned over the units to school representatives; each school received one unit of Firebox® X55e-W firewall. Aside from Manila, WatchGuard will also donate to other schools located in cities throughout the Philippines, including Cebu and Davao. “Students and teachers increasingly use the web as an important learning resource and the need to defend school networks from computer viruses and other threats is growing. Problems related to inappropriate usage also arise and it’s necessary to protect the students from objectionable content and ‘cyber-bullying’, for example. We are very pleased to be able to help schools in the Philippines secure their networks, and the Firebox X55e-W is a product that is most relevant in terms of features. It’s easy to manage and use and provides several powerful threat prevention features.” said Terry Haas.

According to Erville Magtubo, Vice President of iPlus and Infocom, with the dominance of computers in today’s technologically advanced society, the growing number of online security threats calls for a solution. Internet users in the Philippines are comprised mostly by businesses and students, making network security essential, as its primary purpose is protection against online attacks. WatchGuard Technologies does not only offer users protection but also value for money combined with top security performance.

The Firebox® X55e-W is an easy-to-manage firewall and VPN (Virtual Private Networking) security appliance recommended for schools, small businesses and remote offices. It delivers complete unified threat management by integrating application proxy technologies for true zero day protection with powerful anti-spyware, anti-spam, anti-virus, intrusion prevention, and URL filtering capabilities. Advanced networking and traffic management features maximize network configurability. An intuitive, web-based user interface provides quick, out-of-the-box device configuration, while a single console allows for streamlined centralized management of multi-box environments.

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