Dell has bolstered its security offering with the release of the new SonicWALL TZ Series firewalls.
The new offerings feature a dramatic increase in network performance to support faster Internet speeds, the ability to analyse encrypted SSL traffic, and an integrated wireless controller.
The new solutions deliver enterprise-class security at a price point that is attractive for small businesses and large, multi-site distributed organisations.
The new SonicWALL TZ Series is built around multi-core security processors to create a high, desktop form-factor Unified Threat Management (UTM) firewall, with intrusion prevention speeds reaching up to 1.1Gbps.
The 2015 Dell Security Annual Threat Report shows that 60 percent of internet connections at the end of 2014 were encrypted using SSL.
Disturbingly, with the growth of legitimate SSL traffic, cyber-criminals also have begun to hide their attacks from legacy network security products within SSL traffic.
To counter this trend, the new series has the ability and the processing power to inspect SSL connections against the latest threats, providing an even higher level of security for Dell customers.
To accommodate the rapidly increasing proliferation of wireless devices, the tightly integrated, secure wireless controller in the new TZ Series supports the high-speed 802.11ac wireless standard.
Combined with the recently introduced 802.11ac-capable Dell SonicPoints, the new TZ Series provides a wireless security solution for both small businesses and large distributed enterprises.
While the new TZ series provides SMBs with enterprise-grade security features, larger businesses will benefit from the series’ distributed enterprise feature set.
It has a Global Management System (GMS) to manage thousands of distributed TZ firewalls, enabling simple management of its Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) feature set, including application control, application visualization, comprehensive reporting and world-class IPS.
Offering 1GbE network interfaces in a compact desktop form-factor appliance, the Dell SonicWALL TZ Series delivers anti-malware protection, intrusion prevention, content and URL filtering, application control, and secure mobile access for laptops, smartphones and tablets.
With the SonicWALL Mobile Connect unified client, the new TZs provide secure mobile access to Google Android, Mac OS X, Kindle Fire and laptop users.
The patented reassembly-free deep packet inspection engine allows the SonicWALL TZ Series to scan every byte of every packet on all ports and protocols with almost zero latency. This technology eliminates bottlenecks and allows organisations to use security as an enabler, not an inhibitor.
The new Dell SonicWALL TZ Series firewalls are now available worldwide.
Dell Network Security executive director, Patrick Sweeney, said the technology was designed to protect information was being used to penetrate networks.
"Encryption should be a great tool, but used by the wrong people, it becomes a weapon against us," he said.
"The new TZs give small networks and small business locations the vital big enterprise capability of scanning encrypted traffic to ferret out malicious traffic and attacks. The new TZs provide this security without breaking the bank and without bringing the network to its knees.”