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WatchGuard Gets OK to Export 56-Bit Virtual Private Network

Seattle-based WatchGuard Technologies Inc., a provider of Internet security appliances, has received approval to export the Virtual Private Network (VPN) component of the WatchGuard Security System with 56-bit encryption outside the U.S. and Canada.

General requirements prohibit the export of security products with greater than 40-bit encryption to customers in countries outside the U.S. and Canada without prior approval from the from the United States Bureau of Export Administration (BXA), excluding banks and financial institutions.

"With this license our international customers no longer have to wait for general approval by the BXA to begin receiving the benefits of stronger encryption," said Christopher Slatt, CEO of WatchGuard. "We will continue working diligently with the BXA to receive approval for higher bit encryption and look forward to making additional progress regarding export licenses in the near term."

The WatchGuard Security System is a subscription-based security solution with integrated firewall, VPN and automated updating capabilities. The system is specifically designed for small to medium-sized businesses that lack the technical resources to install a complex host-based firewall and continually monitor for threats. The plug-in design of the WatchGuard Firebox appliance delivers protection at the network perimeter, and WatchGuard LiveSecurity continues to keep the system current by systematically transmitting the latest security updates to network managers for push-button distribution to the Firebox.

The WatchGuard Security System is priced at $4,995. The 56-bit version will be available for export worldwide on February 1, 1999, the company said, except to India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Cuba and North Korea.