Cybersecurity

SonicWall unveils new wireless, mobile, wired network security products

BENGALURU: Security solutions provider, SonicWall has announced a range of advanced network security products and services that accelerate speed thresholds for its Automated Real-Time Breach Detection and Prevention Platform across wired, wireless and mobile networks.

“In a modern, hyper-connected world, there are no compromises,” said SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner. “Our customers, and their end users, expect the best in real-time security, performance and analytics — regardless of network, device or physical location. This automated, real-time breach detection and prevention platform ensures organizations can build smart, consistent and sound security postures while meeting the speed, performance and cost-of-ownership demands of today’s businesses and their users.”

The platform enhancements include more than 50 new SonicOS features, a firewall, a series of new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless access points, an intuitive cloud analytics application and advanced secure federated single sign-on (SSO) capabilities.

“It’s imperative that any well-meaning, responsible organization take appropriate action to safeguard their networks, customer data and business as a whole,” said Jeff Wilson, senior research director for IHS Markit, a global information provider. “The threat landscape moves far too fast to rely on static solutions. More emphasis should be placed on real-time threat mitigation across wired and wireless networks. Companies of all sizes need to consider TLS/SSL decryption and inspection solutions as well, now that the majority of common internet traffic is encrypted by default.”

With more than 50 new features, SonicOS 6.5 is the biggest customer-driven release in SonicWall history. Highlighted by a modern, intuitive interface, SonicOS offers advanced networking and connectivity capabilities to optimize system availability, while scaling firewall performance to deliver uncompromised, uninterrupted threat protection for all connected networks.

The operating system includes improved threat API capabilities to help businesses build automated security platforms that can leverage third-party threat intelligence feeds.

SonicOS 6.5 also features a suite of wireless features that enables security and connectivity for mobile users. Multi-domain authentication support also provides a simple and fast way to manage and enforce security policies across an entire organization.

Core to the platform expansion, SonicWall is unveiling its new SonicWall Network Security Appliance (NSA) 2650 firewall, which delivers automated, real-time breach detection and prevention, as well as TLS/SSL decryption and inspection, over multi-gigabit wired and Wave 2 wireless networks.

The NSA 2650 appliance is the first branch and campus firewall to support both multi-engine sandboxing via the Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service and full deep packet inspection of TLS/SSL-encrypted traffic for 2.5G wired and 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless networks.

With eight 2.5G Ethernet interfaces and 20 total ports, the NSA 2650 matches network throughput between multi-gigabit wired and 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless networks. Compared with the previous-generation NSA 2600 appliance, the NSA 2650 supports twice the number of DPI connections and offers 12,000 DPI SSL connections, an increase of 12X.

To complement the NSA 2650 appliance, the new SonicWave series of access points meets the 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless standard, which features 4×4 MU-MIMO technology for best-in-class Wi-Fi performance, range and reliability.

Leveraging a powerful intelligence-driven engine, SonicWall Cloud Analytics is a new cloud application that is delivered as a service to customers and partners. It provides deep real-time visibility, insight and alerting for network traffic, user behavior and device activity from a centralized dashboard.

SonicWall Cloud Analytics empowers organizations to monitor, record, analyze and report security data for deep forensic analysis across multiple SonicWall firewalls and SonicWave wireless access points.

An extension of the recently introduced SonicWall Cloud Global Management System (GMS), SonicWall Cloud Analytics provides extensive drill-down investigative and forensic capabilities for deep security data analysis, including traffic, applications, threats, and user behavior and activities.

SonicWall Cloud Analytics — featuring real-time data presented in a structured, meaningful, actionable and easily consumable manner — enables security teams, analysts, auditors, boards, C-suites and stakeholders to discover, interpret, prioritize and take appropriate defensive actions against both known and unknown cyberattacks or threats.

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