As we wrap up a “winning” week at the 2017 RSA conference in San Francisco, attended by more than 45,000, I am excited to highlight incredible momentum from our Threat Report, recent industry awards, and most importantly the conversations with our loyal customers and partners. We are excited to hear the overwhelming enthusiasm for the 2017 Annual Threat Report, the launch of Email Security 9.0 with Capture, the technical preview of SonicOS 6.2.7 and our SecureFirst Partner Program.
The 2017 RSA Conference opens at Moscone Center in San Francisco next week, February 13-17. One of the biggest cybersecurity events of the year, the conference allows thousands of industry professionals to interact with leading security experts to learn about the latest threats, strategies and techniques to combat increasingly more devastating cyber-attacks.
Designed to strengthen protection of personal information for all EU citizens, the General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR – goes into effect in May 2018 and may affect companies of all sizes, in all regions, and in all industries, who holds EU citizen personal information. Those who will be victim of a data breach when the GDPR goes into effect risk significant fine (up to Euros 20millions or 4% of their global revenues), and loss of reputation, that could bring the business to its knees.
There’s no question companies are being more proactive in their network security approach than ever before. We’ve made substantial gains as an industry, in terms of cybersecurity education and adoption rates across businesses of all sizes. But when major technology companies with multi-layered security programs are still falling victim to breaches year after year, it points to a different problem altogether – that even accepted security best practices can sometimes leave gaps.
Today is an exciting day for SonicWall and our channel partners. As part of SonicWall’s transition to an independent company owned by Francisco Partners and Elliot Management and to affirm our 100% channel strategy, we are launching the new SonicWall SecureFirst Partner Program. We thought long and hard on what to name our new program.
This week, we are officially a separate company owned by Francisco Partners. Our new leader, Bill Conner, President and CEO of SonicWall, has outlined a vision and strategy in his blog for our newly invigorated company to grow and thrive. We are ecstatic about the changes ahead. We have a long history of securing organizations in an ever evolving industry.
Like any veteran of the cybersecurity field, I’ve known SonicWall by its sterling reputation since the company’s early days as a business network security solution provider. Today, it’s a great privilege to find myself at the helm of this world-class team during not only one of the most exciting times in the business’ 25-year history, but also the most complex and critical cybersecurity landscape the world has ever seen.
As PEAK16 comes to a close, I would like to recap some of the highlights from the numerous conversations with our world class and loyal VAR community.
From the stage, the close to 744 channel partners in attendance heard about the latest ways to protect customers while ensuring IT is a business enabler, especially in light of the growing pervasiveness of ransomware.
Today’s advanced threats are designed to evade detection. An explosion of zero-day threats challenges every one of us. In 2015 alone, our solutions blocked more than 8.19 billion attacks. And most recently, the onslaughts of ransomware attacks have escalated an environment of fear. How do you defend against unknown zero-day threats?
I like cars. All kinds of cars. From high speed racers, to utility pickups and even classics like the 1961 Corvette I’m looking to restore in my spare time. Partner programs are a lot like cars. Some are basic and get you from point A to point B. Others are high performance vehicles designed to thrill.