A Record-Breaking Year for SonicWall’s Boundless Future

SonicWall experiences a fantastic year of accomplishments and growth – right in the middle of a global cybersecurity crisis!

Crisis often brings about growth in intuition, knowledge and skill. The cybersecurity industry has made tremendous strides over the past year amid record-breaking network breaches worldwide and a dramatic increase in cybercrime. But SonicWall in particular has proven itself more than equal to the challenges at hand, growing its product line, winning media recognition and earning third-party certifications and awards.

30 Years and More Boundless than Ever

2021 marked SonicWall’s 30th year as a major cybersecurity solutions provider. When the company — then called Sonic Systems — entered the firewall market, it had fewer than 40 employees. Today, the company serves more than 500,000 customers in more than 215 countries, including government agencies, organizations and enterprises.

During the year, SonicWall completed the rollout of a number of new solutions, including new NGFWs. These products represented the latest additions in the “Boundless” cybersecurity platform, designed to provide deployment choices to the customer while solving real-world use cases faced by SMBs, enterprises, governments and MSSPs.

SonicWall in the News

The Mid-Year Update to the SonicWall 2021 Cyber Threat Report, released in July, also made waves — and not just within the cybersecurity community. The update was cited in a number of news outlets, such as CNN and PBS News Hour. The Wall Street Journal drew on SonicWall’s threat data for a story about the record rise in ransomware and another about the arrest and extradition of a known criminal hacker. U.S. senators also used SonicWall threat data in their proposal for cybersecurity legislation.

As we noted recently in our weekly Cybersecurity News blog, these reports continue to be cited even months after their release, highlighting SonicWall’s role as an authority in cybersecurity research.

Certification with Flying Colors

During a year of unprecedented threats and attacks, SonicWall’s products have also earned their share of coverage, proving themselves more than capable of handling the increase in cybercriminal activity. Third-party evaluators conducted several tests during the year and found that SonicWall’s newly released NGFWs, combined with SonicWall protection software, are more efficient at keeping networks safe and stopping malware.

For example, in a recent Tolly Report, the SonicWall NSa 2700 showed a three-year total cost of ownership less than two-thirds of our nearest competitor’s model. In addition, the SonicWall NGFW was found to have three times the threat protection throughput and a “dramatically lower” cost per Gbps processed.

During testing by ICSA Labs, SonicWall TZ, NSa, NSsp and NSv firewalls flew through all testing certifications for enterprise firewalls and anti-malware protection. Additionally, SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) surpassed the lab’s Advanced Threat Defense testing regimen with a perfect score for the third time in a row.

Third-party testing also highlighted SonicWall’s patented RTDMI (Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection) technology, which can be found in our cloud-based ATP service. As reported in SonicWall threat reports, not only did RTDMI uncover 307,516 never-before-seen malware variants during the first three quarters of 2021, but the data also revealed that, during that time, cybercriminals released an average of 1,126 new malware versions per day. This sharp increase in variants has many security analysts worried about the rate at which cybercriminals have learned to diversify software and deploy new attacks.

An Award-Winning Year

SonicWall also racked up numerous awards during the year. For example, at the Globee 17th Annual 2021 Cybersecurity Global Excellence Awards, SonicWall received top honors from 10 technology categories, including advanced persistent threats, best security hardware, enterprise network firewalls and security management.

CRN recognized several SonicWall executives and managers in 2021, and it ultimately placed the company on its 2021 Edge Computing 100 list. This recognition is reserved for companies that excel in providing channel partners with the technology needed to build next-generation, intelligent edge cybersecurity solutions. Selection criteria include feedback from partner solution providers on the impact of cybersecurity companies, as well as these companies’ influence on the market and the types of technology and services they make available.

And to top off all, Frost & Sullivan recently analyzed the global network firewall market and awarded SonicWall its 2021 Global Competitive Strategy Leadership Award for “Best Practices.”

Meeting the Boundless Future

The challenges from the past are where we accumulate our best understanding of where we must go in the future. However, the middle part between the past and the future is where we face our most significant challenges.

Today, even as the number of distributed workforces grow and hybrid cloud environments become a greater fixture in the network schema, SonicWall is helping businesses build around the blind spots found in conventional office-centric networks. If our year of accomplishment and growth is any indication, we’ve successfully embarked on a path that delivers more efficient and effective solutions.

Learn more about our shared boundless future, and let’s prosper together.

Ray Wyman Jr
Digital Content & SEO Manager
Ray Wyman Jr is the Digital Content & SEO Manager at SonicWall. He’s also an author and content creator specializing in tech and business management.
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