25 Years of Cutting-edge SonicWall Security: Deliver the “Yes” to Future Innovation

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.

Organizations know security isn’t an afterthought. It’s at the core of everything they do. Without it, they can’t grow, can’t move forward, and can’t innovate. Without strong security, too often, out of fear, organizations default to inaction. They say NO to innovation.

Saying NO to innovation is playing to lose. Great organizations don’t play to lose. Great organizations partner with companies that lead and demonstrate year over year that they anticipate security trends. They solve advanced security threats, simultaneously reducing IT complexity. They partner with security companies that enable them to say YES, without security fears, to projects and initiatives that unlock innovations yielding success.

For 25 years SonicWall has been the industry’s trusted security partner protecting millions of networks worldwide. From Network Security, Access Security, to Email Security, we have continuously evolved our product portfolio to fit in effectively, quickly and seamlessly. SonicWall has a tradition of providing innovative security solutions that enable organizations to innovate, to accelerate and to grow.

“SonicWall’s increased investment and commitment to channel partners is great news,” said Larry Cecchini, CEO, Secure Designs, Inc. “SonicWall has long been a highly regarded brand—sophisticated in its technology and in particular an excellent vehicle for managed services businesses. We are expecting our partnership with SonicWall to go from strength to strength.”

Our customers know it takes strong security to say Yes! SonicWall is the trusted partner that allows organizations to say Yes to the future without fear.

As a new company, we will continue to listen and refine our products to better protect to our partners and customers as your “Trusted Partner.” As a new SonicWall – you can count on our sophisticated solutions that are simple and easy to use and top performing technology. We are proud to immediately invest in the new SecureFirst Program and support our loyal channel partners who continue to succeed.

After 13 years at SonicWall, I am here to chart the future with all of you and am honored to support our partners and customers – protecting over a million networks worldwide. We want to hear from you. Stay connected @SonicWall. Together, we are your partner in cybersecurity.

Commencing a New Era in SonicWall’s Legacy of Leadership

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.

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I’ve been part of the networking and security industries for more than 30 years, most recently as President and CEO of Silent Circle, an encrypted communications provider, and prior to that as President and CEO of Entrust, an identity-based data security solutions provider. I also served as President of Data Networks at Nortel, and later President of Enterprise Networks at the company, where I led the $9 billion acquisition of Bay Networks.

That experience has given me a broad and deep perspective on how to stay ahead of ever-changing global threats to give customers and partners the security tools they need. It comes down to a balanced marriage of customer and partner relationships, continuous product innovation and sustained support of core, industry-leading products.

SonicWall built its reputation on its amazing partnerships with customers and channel partners. Becoming an independent company is going to enable us to focus even more clearly on these relationships, serving markets of all sizes with specific strengths in large distributed environments, campus education, retail, financial, healthcare and government institutions.

We will continue our tradition of teaming exclusively with channel partners to identify and deploy the best network security, access security and e-mail security solutions for each environment. As evidence of this commitment, we recently announced our SonicWall SecureFirst Partner Program, introducing increased reward for value benefits, deal protection and expanded technical enablement on the SonicWall portfolio. Our friends at Dell will also remain an important part of the SonicWall community as a reseller partner, a relationship that was strong before the acquisition, grew over the last four years, and will continue to expand.

But it isn’t just SonicWall’s relationships that have made the company a global leader—it’s the company’s continuous achievements as a driving force in cybersecurity innovation. Today, our clients’ networks are protected by one of the most advanced tools on the market, the cloud-based Capture Advanced Threat Protection Service. Our team of product engineers recognized that for advanced threat protection solutions to truly stop unknown and zero-day attacks, they would need to use a multi-engine approach leveraging cloud-based sandboxing and would need to provide simple, automated remediation. Becoming an independent company will give us the freedom to react even more quickly to changing market conditions and take advantage of new ideas and opportunities as we identify them.

At the same time, it’s important that we continue to provide the industry-leading products that have made us a trusted name in defense-in-depth protection. It’s because of these core products that our customers remain safer than ever, even as cyber threats grow and shapeshift.

I am so thrilled to be part of SonicWall’s future as we continue to build upon the practices that have made the company great for 25 years, while also exploring new opportunities for growth and development. From the leadership team to the employee base to you, our valued customers and partners, the SonicWall community is poised for great things ahead as we eagerly enter this new era of innovation and growth together.