2020 was the year of the big remote work shift — and now, roughly halfway through 2021, it’s clear that remote work has been an overwhelming success for both employees and employers. Research by accounting and consulting firm PwC recently found that 83% of employers and 71% of employees believe that the shift to remote work has been beneficial.
With either partial or complete remote work becoming the reality for many employees going forward, organizations need to transition from the makeshift solutions put in place at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to a more permanent and secure mobile work plan. SonicWall Secure Mobile Access (SMA) 100 and 1000 series appliances offer complete security for remote access to corporate resources hosted on-prem, in the cloud and in hybrid datacenters.
SonicWall SMA 100 and 1000 series appliances enable organizations to deliver best-in-class secure access to any network or application, anytime, from anywhere and any device (whether managed or unmanaged) — all while minimizing your attack surface (and the chances of zero-day attacks).
New Features & Enhancements – SMA 1000
SMA 1000 series v12.4.1, one of the leading secure remote access solutions for enterprises, adds support for CMS/SMA 8200v on KVM, ARM64 Processor Support (Win10 Surface Pro), Microsoft InTune Integration, Let’s Encrypt Support, Enhancements to Resource Exclusion in Tunnel ALL mode, Device VPN, CMS Address Pool, Centralized SSH settings and SAML IdP support for CMC/AMC.
What’s new in SMA 1000 v12.4.1:
- Microsoft InTune Integration
The new SMA 1000 release, R12.4.1, strengthens security and puts more control back in the hands of IT.
The integration of Microsoft InTune provides granular management of mobile devices and applications.
- CMS and SMA 8200v support on KVM
The SMA 1000 (CMS and SMA 8200v) are now supported on KVM, one of the most popular data center hypervisors. This means it can now be deployed on Linux Red Hat, ProxMox and Nutanix AHV environments.
- Support for Win10 (Surface Pro X) and macOS M1 devices (Apple Silicon Mac) with ARM64 processors
SMA 1000’s Connect Tunnel client is now supported on the Win10 and Apple devices powered by ARM64 processors.
- Let’s Encrypt Integration
Automated Certificate Lifecycle Management through CMS and SMA 1000 appliances.
New Features & Enhancements – SMA 100
SMA 100 series v10.2.1, one of the leading secure remote access solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses, adds support for SMA 500v on KVM, DUO Auth support on NX/MC, SSH Key File Authentication Support, On-Box System Reporting and enhancements to Always ON VPN (AOV)/Secure Network Detection (SND) Enhancements.
What’s new in SMA 100 v10.2.1:
- SMA 500v support on KVM
SMA 100 (500v) is now supported on KVM, one of the most popular data center hypervisors. This means it can now be deployed on Linux Red Hat, ProxMox and Nutanix AHV environments.
- Duo Support for NetExtender
With Duo support for NetExtender, SonicWall SMA extends the ability to verify the user’s trust and device to protect any core business applications in multi-cloud environments, including SaaS.
- Key File Authentication Support for SSH HTML5 Bookmarks
SSHv2 over HTML5 bookmarks now support key file authentication method. HTML5 SSHv2 bookmarks can save the identity file and user information in a browser’s local storage, then use the saved information to log in to an SSHv2 server automatically.
- On Box System Reporting Enhancements
Administrators can now generate on box system reports that includes:
- System information
- System status
- Active users
- Activity logs
- Secure Network Detection Enhancements with Always ON VPN
The “Secure Hosts” setting under Secure Network Detection enables SMA to check if the corresponding host’s SSL/TLS certificate is trusted, thereby allowing you to add secure hosts for “Always ON VPN” connections.
To learn more about the SonicWall Secure Mobile Access (SMA) Series, click here.