Wave 2 Wireless Standard Powers SonicWall’s New High-Performance SonicWave Access Points

Over the past few months, Verizon has launched a series of television ads in which the main character utters the line, “Right plan, wrong network.” The actor saying the line is talking to another character who is clearly having an unhappy experience with his/her cellular connection. If you own a mobile phone, it’s likely you’ve gone through something similar at one point.

While the focus is on cellular in this case, the same can be said for Wi-Fi. It’s all about the user experience. Slow wireless performance is a big turn-off. If you’re providing wireless connectivity to employees, customers, students or guests, odds are you’ve heard complaints about the performance of your wireless network at some point.

Of course, there are a number of factors that impact the quality of the wireless connection, such as physical objects, proximity to an access point and, if you’re outdoors, weather. None of this matters to Wi-Fi users, however. They just expect to have lightning-fast connectivity.

The Wave 2 Wireless Standard Is Here

Something else that affects performance is the technology behind the wireless signal. If you’re like me and still have an iPhone 5 that only supports the 802.11n wireless standard, you’re not expecting much. However, if you have a more modern phone you can take advantage of the faster 802.11ac standard, which has been around for the past five or so years.

This assumes the access point (AP) you’re connecting to also supports that standard. Times are changing once again and the new standard is 802.11ac Wave 2, which promises multi-gigabit wireless performance.

In fact, we’re right in the middle of the transition to Wave 2 technology, which means more client devices (e.g., phones, laptops, tablets, etc.) that support the new standard are coming to market along with Wave 2 wireless access points. To take advantage of the faster speeds, both the client and access point must support Wave 2.

Introducing SonicWave Wireless Access Points

Given the seemingly universal use of wireless in retail stores, schools, doctors’ offices and other locations, and the need for high-speed connectivity, SonicWall is extending its portfolio of wireless products with the introduction of a series of 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless access points.

The SonicWave series features two indoor access points, the 432e and 432i, and one outdoor access point, the 432o. All three models are built on the idea of delivering an exceptionally fast, secure and reliable wireless experience.

SonicWave access points support the 802.11ac wireless standard, so they’re able to take advantage of performance and reliability features such as Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO), which enables simultaneous transmission from the access point to multiple wireless clients instead of just one.

A built-in 2.5 GbE port eliminates the need for multiple 1 GbE ports to facilitate multi-gigabit throughput. For enhanced reliability, beamforming focuses the wireless signal on an individual client instead of spreading the data transmission equally in all directions.

Wireless Security, Speed

From an organizational standpoint, providing high-speed wireless is essential. It enables the use of bandwidth-intensive apps and faster sharing of data. Securing that data as it travels across the wireless network is equally important.

SonicWall’s solution to the need for wireless security and speed is something we call Wireless Network Security, which combines SonicWave access points with our next-generation firewalls, such as the NSA series.

All inbound and outbound Wi-Fi traffic is scanned by the SonicWall firewall’s high-speed deep packet inspection (DPI) engine, including TLS/SSL encrypted connections, so threats such as ransomware and intrusions are removed. Unknown files are analyzed by our Capture Advanced Threat Protection service to eliminate zero-day threats.

Other security and control capabilities, such as content filtering, application control and intelligence, can be run on the wireless network to provide added layers of protection. The solution also integrates additional security-related features, including wireless intrusion detection and prevention, virtual access points and wireless guest services.

How else can SonicWall help you provide a fast, reliable and secure wireless experience?

  • Dedicated third security radio – Continually scan the wireless spectrum for rogue access points without impacting performance using the SonicWave access point’s third radio, something very few Wave 2 access points on the market provide.
  • MiFi Extender – Attach a 3G/4G/LTE modem to the SonicWave access point for use as either the primary wide area network (WAN) or as a secondary failover WAN link for business continuity.
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (aka Bluetooth Smart) radio – Use industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) applications for healthcare, fitness, retail beacons, security and home entertainment over a low-energy link.
  • AirTime Fairness – Distribute air time equally among connected clients, ensuring faster clients get more data in their time while slower clients receive less.
  • Band steering – Steer dual-band clients to connect automatically to the less-crowded 5 GHz frequency band, leaving the more-crowded 2.4 GHz frequency for legacy clients.

Wave 2 wireless technology is here and with it comes the promise of a faster and better user experience. To learn more about how the SonicWall SonicWave series can help you provide that experience, explore the new SonicWave series on our website.

SonicWall PEAK17 Partner Roadshow Touring Europe

19-City Tour Brings SonicWall Enablement, Networking to EMEA Partners

It’s no secret that SonicWall is committed to its partner community. The latest testament to this dedication is the PEAK17 partner roadshow, which is currently on a 19-city European tour that launched in March.

The annual roadshow takes SonicWall right to the partners to deliver updates to the SonicWall SecureFirst partner program, news on SonicWall SonicOS 6.5 launch, market momentum, new marketing tools and more.

“We have been working together with SonicWall for 15 years, but this power of innovation is the greatest we’ve ever seen,” said Ralf Leibmann of CONCIPIA GmbH, a SonicWall partner. “Especially as a managed security provider, we are very happy to have a professional partner like SonicWall that leads us to be one of the greatest MSPs in Germany.”

In September, the roadshow started its second leg by visiting Wien, Austria; Essen, Germany; Bern, Switzerland; and Ulm, Germany. The next stop will be Oct. 3 in Stockholm, Sweden. The 2017 roadshow will conclude on Nov. 11 in Paris, France.

“It was a great event with brand-new, first-hand information from representatives and partners,” said Werner Lenz of LENZ IT & NetWorking Solutions. “A big thanks to SonicWall for being a reliable partner over the years. It enabled us to continuously expand our business and build strong relationships to our customers.”

Upcoming stops will be highlighted by keynote sessions from SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner (UK and Italy), dedicated channel strategy sessions from Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Steve Pataky (UK and Italy), and exclusive product updates from Executive Director of Product Management Dmitriy Ayrapetov (UK, Italy, Ireland and Germany).

Each day-long event will feature product-specific positioning sessions – new NSA 2650 firewall and SonicWave Wireless Access Points, marketing and partner enablement updates, and professional service presentations. The roadshow — featuring popular social events like cooking classes, wine tasting, theatre visits and escape rooms — is the perfect opportunity to learn best practices for engaging prospects, exceeding customer expectations and growing revenue opportunities.

“I really enjoyed the experience to attend the PEAK17 Partner Roadshow in Essen in a nice location,” said choin! CEO Boris Wetzel, a SonicWall gold partner in Germany. “It was an excellent event with great updates on products and roadmap. It is great to see the changes and the commitment from SonicWall.”

This is the roadshow’s second trip through Europe in 2017. Earlier in the year, SonicWall hosted partner events in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands. This drove SonicWall’s European partner outreach program to 19 cities for the year.

Honoring SonicWall Partners

At the PEAK17 events in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, SonicWall hosted award ceremonies to honor the region’s most successful partners.

Germany

  • SonicWall Distributor 2017: Infinigate
  • SonicWall Most Valuable Partner 2017: Axsos
  • SonicWall Security Project 2017: Kodak with Partner Axsos
  • SonicWall MSSP 2017: Concipia
  • SonicWall Mittelstandspartner 2017: Tarador

Switzerland

  • SonicWall Partner of the Year 2017: Vitodata

Austria

Attend PEAK 17

If you’re interested in attending an upcoming PEAK17 roadshow event in Europe or Africa, please reference the table below and register for a city near you.

CityCountryDateRegistration
WienAustria13.09.2017Complete
EssenGermany19.09.2017Complete
BernSwitzerland20.09.2017Complete
UlmGermany21.09.2017Complete
StockholmSweden03.10.2017Complete
LondonUnited Kingdom04.10.2017Complete
MadridSpain04.10.2017Complete
FlorenceItaly05.10.2017Complete
DublinIreland06.10.2017Complete
HamburgGermany10.10.2017Complete
JohannesburgSouth Africa19.10.2017Complete
NantesFrance07.11.2017Register
ParisFrance09.11.2017Register

SonicOS 6.5, the Biggest Update in Company History, Delivers Powerful Security, Networking and Usability Capabilities

Keeping organizations running safely, while improving business and user productivity in today’s accelerating threat environment, continues to be a non-trivial task for IT leaders. At the current pace of cyber attacks, we understand all too well that the effects of recent events, such as the Equifax, WannaCry and NotPetya attacks, have demonstrated their capacity to change the global business environment from normal to total hysteria in the blink of an eye.

When news breaks on new data breaches, we see a surge in conversations with our SonicWall partner and customer communities about security and risk assessments. These engagements reinforce our development commitment to ensure every new product release delivers more tools and capabilities to protect their networks and data, and subsequently avoid the unnecessary breach.

Delivering on that commitment, I am thrilled to introduce SonicWall’s biggest firewall feature release in its history. SonicWall SonicOS 6.5 is packed with powerful security, networking and usability capabilities, and meets the security operation requirements of organizations of various sizes and use cases. SonicOS 6.5 focuses on empowering IT leaders and their security teams to:

  • Elevate their breach detection and prevention capacity
  • Manage and enforce security controls across the entire organization
  • Bring the latest in wireless speed, performance and security for cloud and mobile users
  • Scale firewall networking, connectivity and performance for uncompromised, uninterrupted network services

SonicOS 6.5 delivers the following customer-focused outcomes as part of SonicWall’s expanding Automated Real-Time Breach Detection and Prevention Platform.

1. Bolster breach prevention capabilities for wired, wireless and cloud-enabled network environments

  • SonicOS 6.5 includes 60-plus new features, nearly half of which focus on enabling the latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac Wave 2, to deliver matching network security performance, connectivity and security between wired and wireless networks.
  • The combination of SonicWall firewalls and the new SonicWave 802.11ac Wave 2 series of wireless access points gives customers the assurance that their users have uninterrupted, secure and fast access to business services and resources over wired and wireless connections.
  • Built-in features, like Wireless Deployment Tools, greatly aid in planning and building a robust wireless infrastructure, while Band Steering, Airtime Fairness and others improve the overall wireless service quality and performance to give users a safe, productive wireless experience. This helps eliminate dropped connections and slowness anytime, anywhere and in any environment within the workplace. Moreover, Dynamic VLAN assignment segments wireless users based on their roles and group associations to prevent advanced threats from spreading.
  • SonicOS 6.5 expands the threat API capabilities to help customers establish a path toward security automation. Through greater firewall collaboration with third-party security ecosystem, the firewall can automatically pull external intelligence sources for threat detection and protection, and security policies enforcement. For example, our Dynamic Botnet List feature enables customers to program their firewalls to download private third-party lists that contain desired security information, such as malicious IP and URL addresses, that they want the firewall to block for additional threat coverage.
  • For distributed organizations that have offices operating on different network domains, the new multi-domain security management capability in SonicOS 6.5 helps them manage and enforce discrete security policies across those domains. Based on service levels, risk tolerance, compliance and/or legal requirements, administrators can apply identical security controls to all domains or specific policy to a single domain or group of domains. This flexibility helps reduce the attack surface, eliminate security gaps, isolate risks and prevent any lateral movement of backdoor, network-based attacks, such as WannCry and NotPetya.

2. Increase scalability and connectivity of the firewall system

  • Advances in Layer 2/3 network and connectivity help customers optimize system availability and performance, and scale the firewall to deliver uncompromised, uninterrupted threat protection for every connected network domain. Supported on all SonicWall next-generation firewall (NGFW) models, including the newest NSA 2650, SonicOS 6.5 also supports daisy-chaining and management of Dell X-Series switches, Virtual Wire Mode, Dynamic LAG using LACP and Equal Cost Multi-Path (ECMP).
  • Using multi-domain security management in conjunction with virtual wire mode gives customers the ability to micro-segment and manage their virtual networks. These also provide independent security management, policies, controls and scanning to each virtual network with its separate security zone.

3. Improve ease of use and firewall management

  • SonicOS 6.5 introduces a completely redesigned user interface (UI) for a fresh, productive user experience (UX). This new UI gives users an executive dashboard loaded with security, user and traffic information. It also offers an organized, familiar and easily-understood menu-driven security management console. The dashboard presents a consolidated view of the live firewall security environment. This view includes a threat index, security events and data, network performance and connectivity, and application and bandwidth usage. The intuitive UI lets users complete security tasks faster, and with greater ease, from a single-pane-of-glass.

Meet the New SonicWall NSA 2650 Next-Gen Firewall – Where Faster Meets More Secure

Today I am excited to share the new addition to SonicWall’s NSA product family of Next-Generation Firewalls, the NSA 2650.  Three key trends form the design drivers for the new NSA 2650

  1. Wireless Devices Explosion – The demand for increased bandwidth from wireless networks is constantly on the rise with the growing number of wireless devices used per person. The wireless industry is going through waves of transformation (pun-intended) to support the requirement for more bandwidth. With the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless standards opening the door for multi-gig WiFi performance there is a strong need for switches and firewalls that connect to wireless access points to support these faster speeds without increasing the cost to the network infrastructure.
  2. Multi-gig Campus Requirements – Campus/branch networks require technology trend adoption without adding significant costs to the network infrastructure. For example, switches and firewalls supporting wireless access points must be able to do so with existing the Cat5e/Cat6 cabling infrastructure.
  3. Encrypted Traffic Surge – The trend towards Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) encryption has been on the rise for several years. Articles on the use of SSL/TLS encryption typically indicate that a little over 50% of all web traffic is now encrypted and that percentage is expected to continue growing. At SonicWall, data gathered by our Capture Labs Threat Research team shows the percentage to be a little higher, around 62%. We found that as web traffic grew throughout 2016, so did SSL/TLS encryption, from 5.3 trillion web connections in 2015 to 7.3 trillion in 2016. As vendors such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and others continue to move to HTTPS, we expect the use of HTTPS to increase. So, organizations now require a secure platform to protect their network from the sophisticated encrypted threats that evade the traditional security mechanisms. 

The NSA 2650 firewall is aimed at campus and branch networks that must secure their environments against the growing number of threats looking for new ways to burrow into networks. The new NSA 2650 firewall is the first branch and campus firewall to deliver automated real-time breach detection and prevention, as well as TLS/SSL decryption and inspection, over multi-gigabit wired and 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless networks. The SonicWall NSA 2650 represents the continuing evolution of SonicWall’s vision for a deeper level of network security without a performance penalty. More than simply a replacement for its predecessor, the NSA 2600, the NSA 2650 addresses the growing trends in web encryption and mobility by delivering a solution that meets the need for high-speed threat prevention.

The NSA 2650 is a 1U-device powered by four cores that provide the processing power necessary to support the compute-intensive deep packet inspection services such as:

  • Intrusion Prevention
  • Anti-Virus
  • Anti-Spyware
  • TLS/SSL inspection and decryption
  • Application Visualization
  • Application Control, Botnet detection
  • Geo-IP identification
  • Anti-Spam
  • User Identification and Advanced Threat Protection

Real-Time Inspection of SSL and TLS Attacks:

Unlike competing firewalls that perform well only with unencrypted connections, the NSA 2650 is built to support the need for more TLS/SSL inspection connections. The NSA 2650 features an unmatched number of encrypted web connections, up to 12,000 and performs deep packet inspection on each connection after first decrypting the traffic.

To protect against more advanced threats such as unknown and zero-day attacks that are concealed in encrypted web traffic, the NSA 2650 utilizes Capture, SonicWall’s cloud-based multi-engine sandboxing service that runs on the firewall. Suspicious files are sent to the award-winning SonicWall Capture service for analysis before rendering a verdict.

The NSA 2650 is a high-port density firewall that features 4×2.5-GbE SFP, 4×2.5-GbE, and 12×1-GbE interfaces with a dedicated management port. In addition to the multi-gigabit ports, high-speed processors and robust onboard memory, the NSA 2650 includes additional hardware enhancements that make it the ideal NGFW for mid-sized organization and distributed enterprises. An optional second power supply is available in case of failure for added redundancy. To help with scalability, the NSA 2650 includes two expansion slots. One is pre-populated with a 16 GB storage module to support features including logging, reporting, last signature update, backup and restores and more. The second slot provides flexibility to add future feature and physical capability expansion. Expandable in the future with additional modules, this versatile, high-port density firewall platform has the capacity to evolve through firmware updates to keep ahead of threats such as ransomware and intrusions.

With the NSA 2650, SonicWall yet again adds a ground-breaking security product to its portfolio. Combined with new 802.11ac Wave 2 SonicWave wireless access points, SonicWall creates a high-speed wireless network security solution that provides wireless users with an enhanced mobile experience.

Our latest firmware release, SonicOS 6.5, has more than 60 new features, and provides support for NSA 2650 hardware platform where faster meets more secure without any compromise on performance to all traffic including encrypted traffic.

Test drive the new NSA 2650 on SonicWall live demo: https://livedemo.sonicwall.com

SonicWall Delivers More Speed, Security Across Entire Portfolio

New SonicWall NSA 2650 Firewall, and SonicWave Access Points Take Security, Speed and Analytics to Elite Levels

Defending your business is job No. 1. But with so many vectors and end points, it’s an arduous challenge to identify and mitigate known and unknown threats across multiple locations, networks and endpoints — particularly as the need for wireless and mobile access scales to untold heights.

It’s this amalgamation of technology that makes SonicWall’s latest announcement so intriguing. It’s not another product. It’s not just a new service. It’s not only a refined dashboard and interface.

The innovation here is keenly focused on integrating each of these advanced “ingredients” into a powerful platform that helps businesses automate real-time breach detection and prevention while exceeding speed and performance expectations.

An ‘Absolutely Superb’ Firewall

If you missed the announcement, “SonicWall Turbocharges Innovation with Unprecedented Delivery of New Wireless, Mobile and Wired Network Security Products,” this platform approach is central to how SonicWall proactively defends its end customers.

In fact, we allowed customers to beta test the new products in real-world situations. The feedback was resounding, particularly for the new SonicWall NSA 2650 firewall and our range of new SonicWall SonicWave access points, which deliver elite speeds via the 802.11ac Wave 2 standard.

“The new NSA 2650 is an absolutely superb product,” said Dr. Michael Breen, Dean of Arts at Mary Immaculate College. “In my opinion, the speed and level of security is unparalleled in its class. It gives us the throughput to conduct deep packet inspection (DPI) of encrypted traffic without costing us any loss of performance.”

The NSA 2650 firewall enables threat prevention over 2.5 gigabit Ethernet wired and 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless networks, supports twice the number of DPI connections and offers 12,000 DPI SSL connections, an increase of 12X.

“Protecting sensitive information and preventing security breaches is paramount,” said Breen. “Our network contains highly private student information and we must conform to EU GDPR (European Union General Data Protection Regulation) protocols. We see over a thousand suspect probes at our gateway every week from eastern Europe. We need to lock down access to only authorized users. We’re also concerned with threats hidden in an increasingly high proportion of encrypted traffic.”

SonicOS Goes Modern

There’s nothing like a fresh UI. Our teams have worked tirelessly to re-envision everything about our popular operating system, SonicOS. Featuring more than 50 improvements and enhancements — not to mention a modern look and feel — SonicOS 6.5 is the biggest customer-driven release in company history.

“SonicWall products have always been very good, but the new SonicOS 6.5 is a giant step forward,” said Greg Thomas, owner of ComLogic, a SonicWall partner. “SonicWall is clearly visionary, not just in protection, but in analytics and usability as well. The new UI is fresh, relevant and easy to use.”

The most apparent change you’ll notice is the slimmed navigation, which now places emphasis on three of the most important functionalities: Monitor, Investigate and Manage.

“The biggest thing you’ll notice is that we’ve moved the navigation around,” said SonicWall senior UX and product design lead Tara Kelly. “We’ve done this to separate all the tasks that you need to do in three macro categories. This takes what used to be a giant menu on the left-hand side and breaks them down into smaller, bite-sized tasks.”

SonicOS offers all the standard features and capabilities you’d expect in easy, convenient locations. This includes everything from logs, reports and tools to upgrades, connectivity breakouts, systems setups and security configurations.

We will have more on SonicOS 6.5 in the future, including detailed overviews and walkthroughs.

Real-Time Analytics for Firewalls & Access Points

Each and every administrator, architect, analyst and cyber security pro wants to make better decisions faster. We want to be confident, smarter and decisive. Unfortunately, we don’t always have actionable data when we need it. In many cases, we have too much data that’s unorganized and unusable.

The new SonicWall Cloud Analytics application will help solve this everyday challenge. The intelligence-drive engine features real-time data presented in a structured, meaningful, actionable and easily consumable manner. You’ll be able to monitor, record, analyze and report security data for deep forensic analysis across multiple SonicWall firewalls and SonicWave wireless access points.

Our goal is to truly empower 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. Smarter decisions faster.

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 SonicWave Is New Standard for Wireless Speed

As the number of applications and data-heavy services grow, so do speed demands. Based on the high-performance Wave 2 802.11ac standard, the new SonicWave access points couple speed, reliability, range, consistency and security into a single, cost-effective appliance.

Wave 2 represents the evolution from the Wave 1 802.11ac standard, which is fairly common in both enterprise and consumer environments. It operates on the 5 Ghz band and can deliver speeds up to 1.3 Gbps.

In contrast, Wave 2 supports multiple users, multiple inputs and multiple outputs (MU-MIMO) and is able to deliver speeds that exceed 3 Gbps. For this reason, the new SonicWave access points feature 4×4 MU-MIMO technology for best-in-class Wi-Fi performance, range and reliability.

“The new SonicWave access points blew me away,” says Spencomp Solutions security specialist Dominic Valois. “The new SonicWave line presents us with a great offering for our customers. With Wave 2 support and 2.5 GbE ports, we can provide larger business sites and campuses with better streaming and bandwidth for hundreds of wireless devices.”

The sentiment from Valois was echoed by Greg Thomas, the owner of ComLogic, a SonicWall partner based in Denver, Colo.

“The 2.5 GbE ports on both the NSA 2650 and SonicWave access points can handle the increasing congestion,” said Thomas. “You can easily position the SonicWave access points for best cellular reception, either for failover or percentage of use.”

Protecting the Mobile Workforce

When employees are on the road, they require secure access to the same systems and applications they trust when on Wi-Fi or wired networks in the office. Not only must access be available anywhere, anytime and on any device, speed and security cannot be compromised.

This truth was the precipitous behind the new SonicWall Secure Mobile Access (SMA) 12.1, which helps enable access to business-critical internal and external apps for employees and partners.

For remote users, vendors and third-party contractors, SMA 12.1 provides policy- enforced secure access to email, file servers and corporate applications using federated single sign-on (SSO) to both cloud and on-premise resources from authenticated devices.

In addition to SSL encryption of sensitive user sessions, SMA provides an additional layer of security by scanning all remote file uploads with the SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service. This helps ensure remote users have the same level of protection from zero-day threats when they are on the road as they have in the office.

Go Faster, Go Safer

If you’d like to learn more about the new security products and services that deliver unprecedented speed and security, please explore the dedicated product pages and resources:

Ready to make the jump to one of the new products or services? SonicWall is ready to help. If you don’t have a SonicWall partner, or are unsure, please contact SonicWall directly. We always welcome new members to the SonicWall family.

SonicWall Announces Channel Partner Award Winners at APJ Partner Summit 2017

Last week, SonicWall hosted over fifty enthusiastic partners across 14 countries at our Asia Pacific and Japan Partner Summit. Phuket with its lush and leafy surroundings and dramatic beach sunsets proved a popular location for our APJ Partner conference. Our purpose was to clearly articulate the vision for SonicWall as we build our solutions and capabilities to fight in an era of unprecedented cyber security challenges. And we cannot do this alone, it’s the combined effort of our products and our partners’ services that allow for our customers to be protected.

When we say we are a 100 percent channel company, it’s not a claim we take lightly. We are reliant on our partners and their commitment to work with us and be the trusted advisors for their customers.  Keeping up with the cyber threats is difficult, but especially so with smaller and mid-enterprise businesses where there is a limitation on the level of investment and ability to source dedicated IT security and networking resources. Partners are key to helping to impart both their knowledge, expertise and experience to help these organizations have the most effective security practices and solutions. Allowing the current distractions and disruptions in business caused by very prevalent threats such as ransomware and other forms of cyber-attack vectors, to be prevented in real-time.

We enlisted some of our key SonicWall executives to brief our partners on what we have been working on to deliver on our vision; including the focus and investment in enabling, educating and incentivizing our partners through the SecureFirst Partner Program. Our SVP of Global Sales and Chief Revenue Officer, Steve Pataky detailed some of the results we’ve seen to date since the launch of SecureFirst, including the number of newly signed partners, the uptake and utilization of SonicWall University’s role-based courses, and increase in adoption of Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Services to provide a stronger level of protection to customers.

Dmitriy Ayrapetov, Executive Director of Global Product Management detailed our product and solutions road-map for the next two quarters – giving the partners a sneak preview into what is going to be launched into the market over the coming quarters to strengthen our existing portfolio. Gary Staff, Director of Global Services brought fresh insight into partner service opportunities that will be available to our partners to deliver even more value to their customers. And Keith Trottier, Vice President of Global Client Services and Support exemplified the steps SonicWall has taken to improve our customer and technical support, and how we are working to further refine and extend our capabilities.

To me, one of the best parts of the APJ Partner Summit was the Partner Advisory Break-Out sessions run to garner feedback on several key topics to ensure we are listening to the partners and what they are experiencing on the front line. This keeps us in sync with their needs, brings fresh ideas to the table and makes us accountable to ensure that working with SonicWall is helping them solve their customer problems and be impactful to their own success.

Our APJ Partner Summit concluded with an awards evening to recognize those partners who exemplify commitment to the SonicWall SecureFirst program and achieved substantial sales growth over the last year leveraging our full solutions portfolio. The awards highlighted partner excellence for Distribution, Channel Partners, and Emerging Partners.

I’d like to extend congratulations to the following winners:

Country/Region Awards Winners:

APJ Award Winners:

Events such as these are always a great reminder of the mutual success we share with our security partners, and the together we are working to protect our mutual customers from known and unknown adversaries.

The feedback we received from our partners reaffirmed that there is a clear need to allow IT to move away from being an obstacle to the business to becoming an enabler, with technologies that protect from threats, but still provide easy access for all workers, especially those who are mobile or remote.

A huge thank you to all our partners who participated – we have listened, and we will strive to continue building stronger partnerships.

Network Sandboxing Takes On Malware, More than 26,000 New Strands Identified in August

Malware never sleeps. Threat actors and criminal organizations are relentless in testing, optimizing and deploying exploit kits that target businesses and organizations across the globe. August 2017 was no different.

In fact, the month presented SonicWall’s network sandbox, Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), with a few milestones.

First, the Capture ATP service celebrated its first anniversary protecting customer systems across the globe. Second, according to some sources, it surpassed install base figures of some of our competitors. Finally, the service also broke its own record for the number of new forms of malware it discovered and stopped on our customer networks.

How many? 26,438 to be exact!

This means that nearly 26,500 forms of malware — ranging from ransomware, to other Trojans, to Malvertising — were never seen by SonicWall before this month. Out of this, a little more than 7,100 were identified by one of the numerous anti-virus sources we work with. But over 19,300 were never seen by anyone and this includes a strong list of over 50 vendors including some very large names.

On top of this, last year we cataloged 60 million new forms of malware in order to prevent a patient-zero situation among the customer base. But despite our round-the-clock vigilance, there will always be a customer out there who will find something before we do.

To better eliminate this type of rare event, we created the industry’s first multi-engine network sandbox that can block until verdict, which means a customer can elect to have all unknown files blocked at the gateway until SonicWall can vet the code.

By combining the power of hypervisor-level analysis, full-system emulation and virtualized sandboxing, we have been very successful at finding some of the most evasive forms of ransomware in history, such as Cerber.

By combining the research from SonicWall’s Capture Labs, which place their signatures in SonicWall’s Gateway Security (and other places like Email Security for example) and Capture ATP, customers can stop known and unknown forms of malware. It is the latter group that causes the most fits for security professionals and gives end users with good technology something to brag about.

Since February we’ve seen a large increase in the new malware Capture ATP catches. This momentum stems from an ever-expanding customer base, but also a large rise in the percentage of malicious files that are out there. Here are some key facts:

  • Since February 2017, we’ve seen an increase of 524 percent in the new forms of malware discovered
  • In August 2017, the percentage of malicious files found was .22 percent, which is up from .14 percent
  • We made improvements in our performance and saw that 71.5 percent of all files were processed with a verdict in under 5 seconds

Is network sandboxing right for you? Based on our data, the average Capture ATP customer is on pace to detect and stop 30 new forms of malware within a year.

To learn more about the power of network sandboxing, I encourage you to read this executive brief: Why Network Sandboxing is Required to Stop Ransomware.

7 Email Security Best Practices for Office 365 in the Cloud

Cloud applications are not quickly approaching — they’re here. As organizations strive to manage costs and resources, solutions that are affordable, scalable and functionally robust are most appealing. Cloud applications promise to deliver this and more. For these reasons, adoption is accelerating.

Microsoft is at the forefront of the cloud application wave. Their Office 365 service enables workplace collaboration with not only a core email application, but also many popular Microsoft Office apps.  However, Office 365’s potential for open exchange of information also makes it a prime target for hackers.

Migrating To Cloud Services While Ensuring Security

Well-informed organizations are keenly aware that modern emerging threats exploit email as the primary mechanism for delivering their payload, and thus are evaluating more leading-edge security solutions. Targeted, coordinated attacks, data leaks and email-borne threats (including ransomware, phishing and spam attacks) all threaten cloud-based email services, such as Office 365.

Although Office 365 does include some security measures, prudent organizations recognize the need to reinforce these elementary security controls. According to Gartner, “By 2018, 40% of Office 365 deployments will rely on third-party tools to fill gaps in security and compliance, which is a major increase from less than 10% in 2015.”

Furthermore, leading industry analysts, including Gartner and IDC, recommend reinforcing Office 365 by integrating third-party email security solutions that, at a minimum, provide the following essential components:

  1. Advanced threat protection: Most anti-virus solutions are signature-based, and therefore ineffective against advanced threats such as ransomware. A sandbox environment is required to detect and prevent ransomware and zero-day attacks before they even reach your network.
  2. Known threat protection: For effective security against attacks leveraging known malware, we recommend using multiple virus detection engines to scan email messages and attachments for viruses, Trojans, worms and other types of malicious content.
  3. Phishing protection: Phishing campaigns have emerged as the method of choice for delivering ransomware. Proper mitigation requires an email security solution that incorporates advanced analysis of an email’s subject, body and attachment by leveraging a sandbox environment.
  4. Fraud protection: Hackers utilize advanced tactics such as spear phishing, whaling and CEO fraud to solicit for personally identifiable information (PII), or to carry out fraud by impersonating emails from within the organization. Granular configurations for email settings, including SPF (Sender Policy Framework), DKIM (Domain Keys Identified Mail) and DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance). These can help prevent illegitimate messages from entering your organization.
  5. Spam protection: To ensure spam does not clog inboxes and network resources, your organization needs an email security solution that leverages multiple methods of detecting spam and other unwanted email, including using specific allowed and blocked lists of people, domains and mailing lists; and the ability to enable third-party blocked lists.
  6. Advanced Reputation Management (ARM): A collaboration of multiple, cross-verified SonicWall Capture Threat Network sources, including SonicWall Advanced Content Management (ACM), provides dynamic, up-to-date analysis of email component reputations.
  7. Data loss prevention: An organization’s most sensitive communications require the utmost protection. The best measure is to encrypt sensitive emails and attachments using a service that works in tandem with email security.

How Sonicwall Hosted Email Security For Office 365 Can Assist

SonicWall Hosted Email Security (HES) is a multi-layer defense service that integrates with SonicWall Capture Advance Threat Protection (ATP), delivering fine-grained and user-transparent inspection of SMTP-based traffic to block zero-day threats.

SonicWall HES also includes advanced compliance scanning, management and optional email encryption, to prevent confidential data leaks, regulatory violations and to ensure the secure exchange of sensitive data.

With SonicWall HES, no additional client software is necessary. In addition, the service includes DMARC, a powerful email authentication method that helps identify spoofed mail, reducing advanced phishing attacks.

SonicWall HES enhances Office 365 using a multi-layer defense approach for industry-leading protection against advanced threats delivered via email. It also delivers superior anti-phishing, anti-spoofing, anti-spam, multi-engine AV and data loss prevention (DLP) for comprehensive protection.

Embrace The Cloud

Don’t let threat actors, criminals and nefarious organizations ruin the benefits your organization receives from workplace collaboration. Once integrated into Microsoft Office 365, SonicWall HES provides unparalleled breach prevention capabilities that defend against advanced threats originating from emails.

To learn more about how SonicWall HES protects your organization and enhances Microsoft Office 365, read more via the Tech Brief: Click here.

SonicWall CEO Bill Conner Wins Inaugural SC Media 2017 Reboot Leadership Award

Bill Conner has dedicated his entire career to technology and cybersecurity. It’s a mission that is rightfully acknowledged — not only via customer confidence, partner growth and upward revenue, but also industry accolades.

A new addition to SonicWall’s achievements the past year, Conner is the newest recipient of the inaugural SC Media Reboot Leadership Award. He is one of only six other elite executives honored in the publication’s top management category.

“Cybersecurity is more than technology. It’s an organic and ongoing collaboration that requires tools, skill and awareness at all levels,” said Conner. “This award is a byproduct of the dedication, support and trust in our global teams, partners, distributors and end customers. This is just the beginning of SonicWall’s renewed, aggressive and focused approach to keep customers and business safe from both known and unknown cyber threats.”

The SC Media Reboot Leadership Awards 2017 are an extension of SC Media’s Reboot edition. They are the first in what will be an ongoing awards program that enables SC Media to honor executives and professional leaders for their unique, inventive and inspiring contributions that improve security, shape the industry, provide thought leadership and otherwise have a positive impact on cybersecurity.

Logo for SC Media Reboot Leadership Award for Bill Conner

The SC Media Reboot Leadership honorees were selected based on how they changed the practice or understanding of cybersecurity for the better. The awards were organized in nine different categories, including influencers, thought leaders, top management, threat seekers, chief information officers, chief privacy officers, outstanding freshmen, outstanding educator and rising stars.

Joining SonicWall in November 2016, Conner has helped galvanize the company via new products and services, commitment to partner channels and increased global awareness.

In June, SonicWall announced the company surpassed 3 million firewalls sold and achieved 50 percent growth in partner deal registrations, reflecting more than $250 million in new pipeline. SonicWall collected 19 industry awards for its strategy, portfolio and leadership since becoming an independent company in November 2016 and Conner was announced CEO.

“Bill has been a tireless advocate for addressing cybersecurity threats through countless engagements with Capitol Hill, the media, and in the private sector when counseling the nation’s business leaders,” Michael Chertoff, Chairman of the Chertoff Group and the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security told SC Magazine.

In early August, CRN recognized SonicWall’s momentum and named Conner one of the top-25 most influential executives of 2017.

“The top executive has had partners cheering, as the now stand-alone network security vendor launched its new partner-focused strategy and key new technologies — like Capture Advanced Threat Protection — to bring enterprise-grade security solutions to SMB partners and customers,” CRN noted in the award profile.