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WatchGuard highlights strength of UK market in Q4

Simon Quicke

Watchguard has highlighted the strength of the UK market as one of the contributing factors to a healthy Q4 and a strong finish to 2009.

The privately-owned unified threat management (UTM) specialist doesn't have to reveal specific numbers but did disclose that it had seen revenue increase in the UK by 20.7% compared to 2008 as well as growth in other territories.

One of the highlights it singled out was the appointment of Sphinx as a distributor to join its roster and the continued penetration into the SME sector with its multifunction firewall appliances.

The vendor expects the momentum of the last quarter to carry on into this year fueled by the need for firms to stay on the right side of compliance and regulation around securing data.

"Recessions aside, those who create malware, spyware and who hack into networks for sensitive business and personal information, continue to develop sophisticated threats and stealthy attacks," said Joe Wang, CEO of WatchGuard.

WatchGuard has been actively pushing the next generation of UTM appliances the XTM products that are designed to deal with web attacks.

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