Author: Sathya Thammanur

Sathya Thammanur

About: Sathya Thammanur

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Sathya Thammanur is the Senior Product Manager for SonicWall Network Security products, covering Next-Generation Firewalls for small and mid-size businesses. Prior to this position, Sathya worked in various roles including product management, product marketing and software engineering at Cypress Semiconductor and Xilinx Inc. with over 12+ years of experience in semiconductor industry. Sathya holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, an MS in Computer Engineering from University of Cincinnati and a B.E. in Computer Science from University of Madras.

Last week I was at one of our sales offices in Utah. I heard an interesting story about how a dentist office called in to ask for threat prevention against ransomware. The dentist office had been affected by ransomware twice in a short period of time. Twice, they paid the ransom to ensure business continuity and customer retention.

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Today, I am very excited to share with you the SonicOS 6.2.5 release for our 6th generation SonicWall TZ, NSA and SuperMassive Next-Generation firewalls. SonicOS 6.2.5 brings many new features that span across SMB, distributed enterprise and high-end deployments. Further, SonicOS 6.2.5 simplifies support for SonicWall Security partners by offering a single software platform for majority of the 6th generation  SonicWall firewalls.

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With fast emerging technologies, challenges of network design in distributed retail store locations is becoming huge. As retail store and distributed enterprise environments evolve, the underlying network infrastructure must evolve with the transformational changes to embrace new technologies such as mobile and digital media which aim to improve customer experience. Embracing new technological changes in a retail network needs to be carefully thought through by raising the following questions:

  1. Is the network infrastructure scalable?
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The 2015 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) estimate of $400 million financial loss from security breaches show the importance of managing the breaches and ensuring appropriate security infrastructure is put in place. Retail industry saw high-profile retail breaches this year through RAM scraping malware aimed at point-of-sale (POS) systems. The security breaches affect both large and small organizations.

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