WatchGuard Implements Unified Security Platform at Seattle Kraken

WatchGuard Technologies announced the recent deployment of its Unified Security Platform architecture for the Seattle Kraken, providing comprehensive protection against cyber threats for the NHL’s 32nd franchise. The Kraken now relies on WatchGuard to provide firewalls, endpoint protection, antivirus, advanced threat detection, and response across all environments, as well as device and patch management, all managed from a single console.

“Using WatchGuard has been a great experience,” said Sean Rawlins, Seattle Kraken director of IT. “As we evaluated their platform, we were immediately impressed with how WatchGuard has reduced complexity without compromising on the level of security we need as a globally recognized brand.”

“Our goal is to make enterprise-class cybersecurity accessible to organizations of any size,” said Michelle Welch, CMO and SVP of business strategy at WatchGuard Technologies. “A key part of that value proposition is the simplicity and ease of use of our Unified Security Platform provides to IT security pros so they can efficiently stop threats faced by their organizations. We’re proud that the Kraken are echoing what we hear from so many of our customers and partners around the world.”

The six-person Kraken IT team is responsible for managing and protecting more than 260 individuals and their devices at home and on the road, as well as servers, private networks, and other equipment. The Kraken Community Iceplex, which houses the team’s offices and IT equipment, also has rinks and a Wi-Fi network that are open to the public. The team also supports technology innovation across the franchise and is known for raising the bar league-wide on the use of technology in player, employee, and fan experiences. WatchGuard’s intuitive management – which is designed for ease of use – enables the Kraken’s lean IT team to quickly and efficiently recognize and address issues.

“We need strong, unified security to protect sensitive data and information,” said Rawlins. “What’s more, ensuring the security of fan data and online experiences is a top priority. With the cybersecurity landscape continuously evolving, WatchGuard enables us to maintain vigilance in monitoring for and defending against emerging threats.”

According to Ryan Willgues, cybersecurity engineer of the Kraken, WatchGuard’s focus on usability has helped with the daily cybersecurity workflow. “WatchGuard Advanced EPDR is a lightweight and powerful agent that utilizes best-in-class security and features ease of use from one single Cloud dashboard.”