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  • 6 February 2018 11:03

SonicWall to Extend Powerful Firewalls to Virtual Environments, Roll Out Next-Generation Endpoint Protection Across Hybrid Infrastructures

New product offerings scale SonicWall security capabilities to endpoints, virtualised environments and third-party solutions

SonicWall, the trusted security partner protecting more than 1 million networks worldwide, announces a range of public beta trials that demonstrate enhanced security capabilities of the company’s automated real-time breach detection and prevention platform. The new offerings not only provide organisations with robust deployment options across on-premises, cloud and virtualised environments, but also protect endpoints within the network from today’s advanced cyber threats.

“To better equip our customers to protect their businesses, brands and data, we’re ensuring critical security capabilities are available — in an integrated, cohesive architecture — across the environments of their choice,” said SonicWall CEO Bill Conner. “Organisations will be able to seamlessly deploy the security tools they want, when they want and where they want while eliminating both complexity and potential network vulnerabilities. This provides a bridge from where they are today to where they are going in the future.”

To responsibly validate this customer-focused approach, SonicWall announces three new products for the beta release: SonicWall Capture Client, SonicWall Network Security (NSv) virtual next-generation firewalls and SonicWall virtual web application firewalls. In addition, the beta for SonicOS 6.5.1 includes support for new firewall APIs.

Each new offering helps extend advanced security controls for specific use cases and environments, giving organisations the ability to consolidate and integrate capabilities across a single infrastructure — regardless of the form factor or deployment method required.

“Point products are simply not effective against defending against today’s diverse cyber threats,” said Wias Issa, Vice President and GM of Asia Pacific, Japan at SonicWall. “We’re seeing our customers’ pivot to more comprehensive, integrated security solutions, and (our) beta programs provide customers the agility, flexibility, and automation to make this important transition.”

Real-Time Endpoint Protection via SonicWall Capture Client Highlighting the program is a beta for the SonicWall Capture Client, a new unified client platform that offers multiple endpoint cybersecurity capabilities, including next-generation malware protection and support for SSL/TLS decryption and inspection.

The SonicWall Capture Client, coupled with the SentinelOne engine, delivers advanced threat protection through the use of continuous behavior monitoring, machine learning and endpoint system rollback. When deployed with SonicWall firewalls, the Capture Client enables the analysis of encrypted traffic through the management and deployment of trusted SSL certificates used for deep packet inspection of SSL/TLS traffic (DPI-SSL).

“With its powerful real-time threat mitigation, remediation and rollback capabilities, the Capture Client allows customers to layer in more security controls to properly defend endpoints,” said SentinelOne CEO and Co-Founder Tomer Weingarten. “It’s a sophisticated marriage between automated network security and autonomous endpoint protection that will help eliminate a vast number of vulnerabilities for the typical customer environment.”

Virtual Next-Generation Firewalls with Improved Cloud Management SonicWall NSv virtual firewalls extend automated breach detection and prevention into public and private cloud infrastructure. SonicWall NSv is a full-featured firewall service — including the same security and performance capabilities as a firewall appliance — operating in a virtualised environment. It provides deep packet inspection, security controls and networking services equivalent to that of SonicWall physical firewalls. The NSv series will be available in multiple virtual options, carefully packaged and optimised for a broad range of private cloud or virtualised deployment use cases, including software-defined data centers.

“We’re in more and more discussions with end customers who are moving to hybrid infrastructures,” Mike Johnson, CEO at Cerdant, a beta tester. “Now that we can offer organisations virtual options of the firewalls they already trust, they’ll be able to simplify management, reduce development time, leverage intelligence and enhance security.”

With intuitive cloud management, organisations gain simplified hybrid infrastructure management between virtualised versions of SonicWall next-generation firewalls and common management with physical SonicWall firewall appliances. Cloud management gives the ultimate visibility, agility and capacity to govern the entire SonicWall virtual and physical firewall ecosystem with greater clarity, precision and speed.

“The days of the one-size-fits-all network approach are gone,” said Secure Designs CTO Ron Culler. “Organisations are moving fast. When they spin up new environments, they can’t sacrifice performance and availability for security. Now they won’t have to. It’s a really compelling proposition that will be welcomed almost universally.”

Web Application Firewall Complementing the new portfolio, the new SonicWall web application firewall (WAF) provides context-aware protection for web applications hosted in public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructure. The WAF protects data by performing Layer 7-aware deep packet inspection on all web traffic (i.e., HTTP and HTTPS) while filtering unwanted web traffic from connecting to web applications.

The new WAF protects web applications from various attacks, such as those outlined by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), advanced threats like denial-of-service (DoS) attacks and context-aware exploits.

Integration, Automation for Hybrid Environments The upcoming version of the firewall operating system, SonicOS 6.5.1, will introduce a rich set of APIs to allow scripting and automation of firewall functions. It will also include deeper integration with third-party tools.

The firewall APIs will help integrate management, ticketing and orchestration tools to seamlessly automate the security fabric. The OS also brings API-level integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud environments for simplified operation and interoperability with AWS VPC deployments.

Commercial availability of the new offerings is slated for the second quarter of 2018.

About SonicWall SonicWall has been fighting the cyber-criminal industry for over 26 years defending small, medium-size businesses and enterprises worldwide. Backed by research from SonicWall Capture Labs, our award-winning real-time breach detection and prevention solutions coupled with the formidable resources of over 21,000 loyal channel partners around the globe, are the backbone securing more than a million business and mobile networks and their emails, applications, and data. This combination of products and partners has enabled an automated real-time breach detection and prevention solution tuned to the specific needs of the more than 500,000 organisations in over 150 countries. These businesses can run more effectively and fear less about security. For more information, visit www.sonicwall.com.

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