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Watchguard FTP and File Transfer Reporting/monitoring

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Last Modified: 2019-10-10
Hi All,

We use WatchGuard as our firewall and have Dimensions setup for reporting. What is the easiest way to find out and possibly monitor all users that have some form of file transfer either ftp, or web/app based such as dropbox etc?

Can this be done / how best to view this info or set this up?

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Senior Network Consultant / Engineer
What license do you have enabled with your Watchguard?

Application Control with logging enabled should get the info you're looking for. I always configure Application Control for every policy even if I'm not denying anything as it will identify the application in the logs.

Also, if you have the Basic Security Suite or the Total Security Suite, then you get Watchguard Cloud which will handle the logging. But Basic only gives you 1 day of retention and Total gives you 30 days.

So if you need longer then the Dimension server would be the free way to go. You can also purchase additional retention if necessary. Having worked with Dimension and WG Cloud, the Cloud is MUCH more responsive and it can search a large data set very quickly.