WatchGuard XCS-770 review

WatchGuard makes a big play for the web and message content security market with its new XCS appliance family. In this review we see how the mid-range XCS-770 stands up.

The policy creation page presents four main headings for anti-spam and anti-virus, content control, email and web traffic. URL filtering comes under the HTTP heading and offers 54 categories to block, allow or leave undefined.

Anti-virus and anti-spyware measures are handled efficiently by Kaspersky which allows you log, reject or quarantine suspect email or web downloads and send notifications to administrators and users. A valuable feature is HTTPS scanning is included as standard and you can allow or deny this traffic at any policy level.

For the best anti-spam performance, the appliance likes to learn about what is acceptable. We used the quickest method by importing a live Outlook inbox from the web interface. Annoyingly, the appliance only supports the mbox format so we had to use Mozilla's Thunderbird to convert the PST file before we could use it.

We then left the appliance filtering live email for a week and saw some impressive results. Overall effectiveness was very good with the appliance scoring a 99.5 per cent success rate. Three spam scores are used to place suspect messages in Definite, Probable and Maybe categories and we saw no false positives with the first two scores.

However, the Maybe score threshold will almost certainly have to be increased as on the default setting we recorded a 38 per cent false positive rate. It's here that the unintuitive web interface gets in the way as these settings are difficult to find.

Featured Resources

Modern governance: The how-to guide

Equipping organisations with the right tools for business resilience

Free Download

Cloud operational excellence

Everything you need to know about optimising your cloud operations

Watch now

A buyer’s guide to board management software

How the right software can improve your board’s performance

The real world business value of Oracle autonomous data warehouse

Lead with a 417% five-year ROI

Download now

Recommended

Sophos XGS 3300 review: Xstream firewall performance
Security

Sophos XGS 3300 review: Xstream firewall performance

7 Jan 2022
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi Dream Machine Pro review: All the security you need in one handy box
Security

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi Dream Machine Pro review: All the security you need in one handy box

18 Nov 2021
Big zero-day flaw found in Palo Alto security appliance
internet security

Big zero-day flaw found in Palo Alto security appliance

11 Nov 2021
SonicWall warns of imminent ransomware campaign on VPN hardware
virtual private network (VPN)

SonicWall warns of imminent ransomware campaign on VPN hardware

16 Jul 2021

Most Popular

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode
Microsoft Windows

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode

6 Jan 2022
How to speed up Windows 11
Microsoft Windows

How to speed up Windows 11

7 Jan 2022
Dell XPS 15 (2021) review: The best just got better
Laptops

Dell XPS 15 (2021) review: The best just got better

14 Jan 2022