As I’ve spent the past few days talking with customers and fellow information security professionals at this year’s RSA Conference, it’s become crystal clear that the threat of cybercrime has changed up the way we work. As these threats morph and shapeshift into new, more sophisticated forms, we must stay one step ahead of the bad actors to protect our customers.
Customers at RSA feel this expanding threat environment is compounded by increased pressure to deploy new capabilities at warp speed. The massive explosion in both applications and access points makes it difficult for IT to keep the business productive and secure from these constantly evolving threats.
The release last month of the SonicWall Security 2015 Threat Report provides a dose of reality with its analysis of the cybercrime trends of 2015, and a jolting look at the emerging security threats we can expect in 2016. The evolution of exploit kits that conceal exploits from security systems, the surging growth in SSL/TLS encryption that enables hackers to launch under-the-radar attacks that conceal malware from firewalls, plus a continued rise in Android malware that puts most of the smartphone market at risk and a marked increase in malware attacks in general all are on the horizon this year. As information security professionals, our work is cut out for us.
SonicWall Security is committed to delivering comprehensive protection against dramatic growth of the zero-day attacks identified in the Threat Report. On Monday, we unveiled at RSA the SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection Service, a first-to-market, adaptive, multi-engine sandboxing approach that enhances the ability of organizations to protect against shape-shifting cyber threats, not just by detecting the threats with a single engine solution as other sandboxing tools do, but by going a necessary step further to actually block those threats before they enter the network. This cloud offering, which was showcased throughout the week at RSA, incorporates the VMRay third-generation Analyzer threat detection analysis engine with the Lastline Breach Detection platform and the SonicWall Sonic Sandbox threat analysis engine, to deliver a much needed three-layer level of defense against today’s unknown threats.
We’re also reinforcing our commitment to our channel partners by beefing up the already best-in-class security offerings they have available to customers. Our new SonicWall Capture solution is available through the channel, and, in February, we announced that our newest Identity and Access Management solution, SonicWall One Identity Safeguard for Privileged Passwords, also is available through our channel partners. SonicWall Security’s first identity and access management solution offered through channel partners at the initial launch, Safeguard adds critical security controls to our partners’ portfolio.
In addition, I’m pleased to report that we’ve received significant industry validation for our SonicWall Security portfolio recently. For the fourth consecutive year, the SonicWall SuperMassive E10800 next-generation firewall (NGFW) running SonicOS 6.0 and integrated Intrusion Prevention Service has earned the coveted Recommended rating in the NSS Labs Next-Generation Firewall Security Value Map. This represents the highest rating given by NSS Labs, and SonicWall is one of only three vendors to earn this distinction for four consecutive years. NSS Labs is one of the industry’s most influential third-party evaluators of security products, and that means our customers are protecting their networks with a security product that is among the best-performing in the industry.
SonicWall Security solutions also received nine awards in the recently announced 2016 Info Security Products Guide Global Excellence Awards.
At SonicWall Security, we are committed to helping our customers fight constantly shapeshifting threats by extending end-to-end connected security that both protects the modern day enterprise, and enables support for mobility, cloud and easy user access that drives business productivity. We strive to deliver security solutions that support our open ecosystem where every aspect of security is covered with little overlap. Our goal is for all of our best-in-class solutions and technologies to reinforce each other and work both independently and together, to ensure we’re setting the highest bar for value to our partners and customers.