Press Release: WatchGuard Is Making The Internet Safer For Children Around The World

WatchGuard is Making the Internet Safer for Children Around the World

Friendly WiFi Initiative Recognizes Public Places That Provide Secure and Filtered Wi-Fi

Seattle, Washington, April 6, 2016WatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader in network security, is making the Internet safer for children around the world through its support of Friendly WiFi. Initiated by the U.K. Government and managed by the RDI Trade Organization, the Friendly WiFi initiative recognizes public places – including restaurants, shops, hotels, and transportation services – that provide secure and filtered Wi-Fi.

“With Wi-Fi hotspots growing exponentially across all types of public locations, children are becoming increasingly more vulnerable to online threats and inappropriate content,” said WatchGuard CEO Prakash Panjwani. “Enabling Wi-Fi is easy for businesses. Secure Wi-Fi is the problem WatchGuard is solving.”

WatchGuard recently launched its AP300 Access Point, which extends WatchGuard’s best-in-class Unified Threat Management (UTM) features to filter and reliably block inappropriate content at Wi-Fi hotspots. WatchGuard’s recent innovations in secure Wi-Fi led to its accreditation as a “Friendly WiFi Approved Provider” and a partnership that will benefit families everywhere. The Friendly WiFi initiative will be promoted through WatchGuard’s reseller channels and marketing campaigns to spread awareness about the dangers young people face while using public Wi-Fi.

“WatchGuard has been a pioneer in network security for 20 years and is leading the industry with their latest advancements in secure Wi-Fi,” said RDI Spokesperson Mike Davies. “WatchGuard’s expertise and passion for security will strengthen our commitment and make a positive difference in keeping children and young people around the world safe online.”

Join WatchGuard in supporting the Friendly WiFi initiative. Before accessing your next public Wi-Fi hotspot, look for the colorful Friendly WiFi logo, and inform those who do not know about the importance of secure Wi-Fi.

Visit www.watchguard.com/securewifi to learn more about WatchGuard’s latest secure Wi-Fi solutions. For more information on the Friendly WiFi initiative, please visit www.friendlywifi.com.

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader of integrated, multi-function business security solutions that intelligently combine industry standard hardware, best-in-class security features, and policy-based management tools. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use, but enterprise-grade protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com.

Aerohive & Dicar Networks Keep City of Morgan Hill Residents Wirelessly Connected Across Six Campuses

Customer OverviewAerohive Wireless Access Points

The City of Morgan Hill is located in southern Santa Clara Valley, just south of San Jose in California. The Valley is approximately four miles wide and is surrounded by the Santa Cruz mountain range to the west, and the Diablo mountain range to the east. Departments spanning across five major campuses service the city. These campuses include Information Services, Civic Center, Aquatics Center, Centennial Recreation Center and the Community & Cultural Center. Due to the City’s progressive and forward thinking planning, Morgan Hill is considered a natural setting for business, providing a balanced environment that inspires innovation and productivity.

Challenges

The City of Morgan Hill has an extremely active Recreational program and provides many community services to its residents including sports, aquatics, a fitness center and more. As a result of the mobile device explosion, the city has seen a large uptick in the amount of devices users bring into environments across campuses. Prior to Aerohive, the city relied on a home office network solution to provide Internet access. This product posed several management issues for the IT department working to keep city wireless connectivity separate from public access to minimize security threats. In addition, this home office solution made it difficult to manage capacity due to extreme fluctuation in use across departments and time of day. Above all, the largest challenge was the city’s restricted IT budget and limited staff. Faced with these challenges, the City of Morgan Hill began their search for a commercial-grade, high performance and easily managed networking solution.

Aerohive Solution

Jeff Rosenberger, Information Services Manager with the City of Morgan Hill, worked closely with Armando Garcia at Dicar in Morgan Hill to evaluate three traditional wireless providers including Meraki, Aruba Networks and Aerohive. In an effort to really get a feel for each product, the city tested solution sets from all three vendors. Specifically, engineers were tasked to deploy each product out of the box with little, to no help from the vendor. Aerohive was ultimately chosen for its controller-less architecture, ease of install and configuration and reliable customer service. The City of Morgan Hill is currently utilizing Aerohive’s AP330’s, AP350’s, AP170’s and HiveManager Online.

Why Was Aerohive Selected

  • Aerohive’s ‘smart’ access points are manufactured with built-in intelligence to operate without a controller and reduce the cost and complexity of deployment.
  • Aerohive’s controller-less architecture provides the City of Morgan Hill with the flexibility to actually move access points to support different capacity in higher dense areas.
  • Aerohive’s HiveManager Online is a centralized network management interface that provides customers with real-time topology, performance and client information to simplify troubleshooting and capacity planning. HiveManager Online is ideal for the City of Morgan Hill because it enables IT to manage their distributed environment with ease.
  • HiveManager Online is an enterprise-class management system delivered as a cloud-enabled service. As a result, it easily scales and is extremely cost effective.

“The beauty with Aerohive is the solution is literally plug-n-play. Supplying network access across five different campuses can be difficult to manage when capacity dramatically fluctuates at different times of the day, or year across our facilities. Due to limited budget, we needed a solution that we could start out with as little as one access point and that would cost effectively scale. The Aerohive solution provided us with this option and through our pilot, we were able to justify cost to City Council and move forward with the entire project area that covered our Aquatics, Recreation and Cultural Centers. With Aerohive, we now have the ability to literally relocate an access point from one place to another and provide more coverage where we need it within a matter of minutes. This kind of flexibility is one of the biggest reasons we went with Aerohive, and we are continuing to expand this solution with our Police Department and Public Works Corporation Yards in the next year.” -Jeff Rosenberger, Information Services Manager, City of Morgan Hill

Aerohive Wins Three New Prestigious Awards for its Innovative Enterprise Networking Solutions

Aerohive Networks, the pioneer in controller-less Wi-Fi and cloud-enabled enterprise networking, today announced it has been recognized with three industry accolades in the last two months. The company’s success in providing enterprise networking solutions has led to a recent series of industry distinctions including the AlwaysOn Global 250 Ones to Watch, CRN’s 2012 Emerging Technology Vendor, and eSchool Media 2012-2013 Readers’ Choice Awards.

News Facts

  • Aerohive’s networking solutions are based on a unique, distributed intelligence architecture that include enterprise-class Wi-Fi Access Points, revolutionary, easy-to-deploy Branch Routers and an on premise or cloud-based network management solution for easy configuration and monitoring.
  • The AlwaysOn Global 250 Ones to Watch annual list highlights the 50 most promising private companies across the globe in cloud, digital media, mobile and other Internet-based technologies.
  • Aerohive was specially selected among thousands of technology companies nominated by investors, bankers, journalists and industry thought leaders. The AlwaysOn editorial team and industry experts conducted a rigorous three-month selection process based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value and media buzz.
  • Aerohive was recognized by CRN as an Emerging Technology Vendor. This annual list highlights companies delivering easy-to-use solutions, generating the high margins solutions providers require and have an active U.S. channel strategy.
  • eSchool Media’s 2012-2013 Readers’ Choice Awards honor the best products and services in education technology. Practicing educators along with school and college administrators from across North America nominated their favorite ed-tech product or service. Aerohive was chosen for its scalable wireless architecture providing simple, centralized network management in the classroom.
  • For more information on Aerohive’s award winning technology, please visit https://www.aerohive.com/solutions/solutions-overview

Comments

“These recent accomplishments recognize what we’ve been working towards since Aerohive’s inception,” said Stephen Philip, VP of Marketing, Aerohive Networks. “We are proud to be honored as an industry leader based on our successes this past year. We take these awards as a validation of the innovation and dedication that has spurred Aerohive’s increasing momentum in the market.”