2019 North America Roadshow Series: SonicWall Showcases Complete Cybersecurity Portfolio, Capture Cloud Platform

As a company 100% committed to the channel, SonicWall has a proud, long-held tradition of putting our partners and customers first. Our 2019 North America Roadshow Series is one of our favorite opportunities to get some direct time with our committed partners and provide exciting and useful information to our customers.

This year, we are continuing our roadshow with remaining events taking place Oct. 1 through Dec. 5 in select cities across North America. We’re taking a unique, targeted approach to this year’s roadshow structure, by having separate dedicated sessions for our SecureFirst Partners, and additional demonstrations, meetings and activities opened up to both our partners and customers.

For SonicWall partners

The roadshow will give SecureFirst partners an exclusive opportunity to learn about the future direction of the company, spend valuable time with SonicWall product experts, and learn new ways to build their business. Partners will also get the opportunity to hear valuable feedback from each other and exchange ideas with their local SonicWall team.

In our partner-only sessions we will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Introduction to the complete SonicWall portfolio and the Capture Cloud Platform
  • Overview of the newest elements added to the SecureFirst Partner Program
  • SonicWall Overdrive, the Partner Marketing Engine
  • Promotions and incentives
  • Unique insights into SonicWall’s product roadmap

This is an exciting opportunity for our SecureFirst partners to gain insight into our 2019/20 focus areas and go-to-market strategy.

For SonicWall customers

During our roadshow, SonicWall customers will experience an immersive day of practical content, including training and updates, on a variety of valuable areas:

Customers will also get the opportunity to hear valuable feedback from each other and exchange ideas with their local SonicWall team.

We are also delighted to provide meals, entertainment activities and opportunity for business networking during our events, ensuring the day is not only useful, but fun as well. The activities vary for each location. Please check out the registration page for each individual event for more details.

Register now

If you are interested in attending an upcoming roadshow event in North America, please reference the table below and register for a city near you.

Date Location Partners Only Partners & Customers
October 1 Los Angeles, CA Registration Full Registration Full
October 3 San Diego, CA Registration Full Registration Full
October 3 Hartford, CT Registration Full Registration Full
October 8 Montreal, QC Registration Full Registration Full
October 8 Detroit, MI Registration Full Registration Full
October 9 Charlotte, NC Registration Full
October 10 Nashville, TN Registration Full
October 10 Raleigh, NC Registration Full
October 10 Pittsburgh, PA Registration Full
October 16 San Jose, CA Registration Full
October 16 Toronto, ON Registration Full Registration Full
October 17 Sacramento, CA Registration Full
October 17 Phoenix, AZ Registration Full
October 23 Denver, CO Registration Full
October 24 Kansas City, KS Registration Full Registration Full
October 24 Orlando, FL Registration Full Registration Full
October 28 Baltimore, MD Registration Full
October 30 Ashburn, VA Registration Full
November 8 Seattle, WA Register Now
November 12 New York, NY Register Now Register Now
November 14 King Of Prussia, PA Register Now Register Now
December 5 Milwaukee, WI Register Now

Please note availability is strictly limited and this event is targeted to the SonicWall SecureFirst partner community.

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Qual è il vostro piano di ripristino in caso di disastro? 5 prassi fondamentali per garantire la continuità aziendale

Anche se l’interesse oggi è rivolto principalmente a bloccare i ciberattacchi, le minacce si presentano con diverse modalità e in diverse forme. Essere preparati per l’imprevisto – o addirittura per l’impossibile – deve indurre le organizzazioni a definire, riesaminare ed attuare un valido piano di ripristino in caso di disastro e di continuità aziendale.

Apparentemente, l’idea sembra semplice: prepararsi per i disastri (es., uragani, terremoti, incendi, tempeste di neve, inondazioni etc.) prima che accadano. La maggior parte delle piccole e medie imprese (PMI) non dedica abbastanza tempo a prevedere il ripristino in caso di disastro (e lo stesso dicasi anche per alcune grandi aziende), ma l’atteggiamento “ce ne occuperemo quando accadrà” può comportare la fine delle aziende, anche di quelle di successo.

Questo livello di preparazione non è rapido né facile, il che può purtroppo indurre a rimandare le cose in modo irresponsabile. Per avviare un piano di ripristino in caso di disastri o essere certi che l’approccio attuale sia ottimizzato, tenere in considerazione cinque migliori prassi in grado di contribuire a predisporre le PMI per gli scenari peggiori.

Dotarsi di un piano sperimentato

Sembra abbastanza ovvio, ma il primo elemento per garantire la continuità aziendale in caso di disastri è il fatto di avere un piano e di effettuare una formazione in base ad esso. Dopo tutti i disastri più gravi, le persone si trovano in condizioni di stress estremo e non ragionano con lucidità.

Pertanto è fondamentale avere un piano ben congegnato che definisca le procedure e le istruzioni da seguire in caso di catastrofe. Nel mondo dell’imprenditoria, di solito ci si riferisce a questo strumento come piano di continuità aziendale.

I piani di continuità aziendale coordinano l’attività di tutti settori (es., comunicazioni, sicurezza, informatica, risorse umane, finanze, ingegneria, catena di fornitura etc.) e contribuiscono a identificare i responsabili, gestire gli asset e continuare a soddisfare le aspettative dei clienti. Sono necessarie formazione e simulazioni per attuare un piano con successo; altrimenti, resta semplicemente un pezzo di carta.

Garantire l’accessibilità dei dati

Dopo un disastro l’accesso alla rete può non essere disponibile. Tutto l’impegno può essere vanificato se il piano di ripristino in caso di disastro si trova su un disco di rete o su un computer aziendale non più raggiungibile.

Lo stesso vale per l’accesso alla posta elettronica. Se un’azienda gestisce un server di posta elettronica sicuro interno e la connessione si interrompe, le comunicazioni risultano pregiudicate. Una soluzione molto diffusa consiste nel memorizzare posta elettronica e dati nel cloud.

Un altro scenario possibile è che la connessione sia caduta solo nella sede principale, ma che resti disponibile una sede secondaria che il personale non sappia come raggiungere. Ad esempio: le apparecchiature Secure Mobile Access (SMA) di SonicWall effettuano un accesso remoto trasparente impostando automaticamente una VPN al sito online più vicino e reindirizzando l’accesso, se necessario.

Prevedere opzioni di comunicazione

La possibilità di comunicare in modo efficace con i colleghi, i dirigenti, i clienti, i fornitori e i partner ha una correlazione diretta sulla rapidità di ripristino a seguito di un disastro.

La posta elettronica è la forma di comunicazione principale per tutte le aziende, ma potrebbe non essere disponibile. Come sistema di riserva, utilizzare i social media per coordinare le attività. Applicazioni come Teams, Slack e WhatsApp sono una valida opzione per coordinarsi con i gruppi interni. Twitter e il sito web aziendale possono essere utilizzati anche per le comunicazioni pubbliche.

Mantenere la consapevolezza dei ciberattacchi

Anche se deve esserci sempre la consapevolezza dei ciberattacchi è fondamentale essere ancora più vigili in caso di disastro.

I cibercriminali sono opportunisti e lanciano attacchi mirati (es., campagne di phishing, attacchi di ransomware) contro aree, regioni, società od organizzazioni per sfruttare chi cerca di rendersi utili o sperando che il caos abbia fatto abbassare la guardia.

Purtroppo, molte organizzazioni senza fini di lucro, tra cui la Croce Rossa, la FEMA (Ente federale per la gestione delle emergenze), la FCC (Commissione federale per le comunicazioni) e altre ancora, sono costrette ad emettere ripetute allerte di scam in caso di disastri. Nel caso in cui uno di questi attacchi dovesse compromettere un dipendente o un partner, ciò potrebbe trasformarsi in una via di accesso alla rete aziendale. Se non sono già stati attivati gli opportuni firewall di sicurezza di rete e i controlli per la sicurezza della posta elettronica, basta un clic per violare una rete o infettare una macchina.

Alcune delle migliori prassi fondamentali sono in grado di proteggere gli utenti in caso di disastro e garantire che le reti e gli accessi d’emergenza siano protetti, anche tramite autenticazione a due fattori (2FA) o multifattoriale (MFA) e antivirus di prossima generazione (NGAV) o protezione degli endpoint, come SonicWall Capture Client.

Assieme, questi strumenti contribuiscono a validare l’identità dell’utente, anche nel caso in cui le sue credenziali siano state compromesse e consentono di impedire l’esecuzione e l’installazione di file dannosi sulle macchine aziendali in caso di infezione.

Prepararsi da subito

Un valido piano di ripristino in caso di disastro e di continuità aziendale non dovrebbe essere rimandato. Un evento catastrofico o un disastro naturale potrebbero provocare danni molto maggiori alle aziende, ai clienti, ai dipendenti e ai marchi rispetto a investimenti responsabili e lungimiranti in validi sistemi di cibersicurezza, reti ridondanti e controlli delle ricadute.

Prepararsi per i disastri non solo contribuisce a proteggersi in tempo di crisi, ma gli stessi controlli proteggeranno probabilmente le reti e i dati contro i ciberattacchi quotidiani ai danni delle organizzazioni (es., ransomware, attacchi per posta elettronica, minacce crittografate, minacce interne ed altre minacce dannose).

What is Your Disaster Recovery Plan? 5 Core Practices to Ensure Business Continuity

While most of today’s focus is stopping cyberattacks, threats come in many shapes and forms. Being prepared for the unexpected — or the seemingly impossible — should drive your organization to draft, refine and implement a sound disaster recovery and business continuity plan.

On the surface, the idea is simple: prepare for disaster (e.g., hurricanes, earthquakes, fire, snow storms, flooding, etc.) before it happens. Most small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) don’t devote enough time thinking about disaster recovery (and some enterprises, too), but a “we’ll deal with it when it happens” attitude can mean the end to any company — successful or not.

This level of preparedness is not quick or easy, which can unfortunately lead to irresponsible procrastination. To kickstart your disaster recovery plan — or ensure your current approach is optimized — explore five best practices to help prepare SMBs for worst-case scenarios.

Have a practiced plan in place

It seems obvious enough, but the first component of ensuring business continuity in the face of disaster is to actually have a plan — and then train for it. After any major disaster, people will be under extreme stress and not thinking clearly.

Therefore, it is critical to have a thought-out plan in place that outlines procedures and instructions to follow after a catastrophe. In the business world, this is more commonly referred to as a business continuity plan (BCP).

A BCP coordinates the efforts of all teams (e.g., communications, security, IT, HR, finance, engineering, supply chain, etc.) and helps identify leaders, manage assets and maintain customer expectations. Training and simulations are required to successfully implement a plan; without them, it’s just a piece of paper.

Ensure data is accessible

Network access may not be available after a disaster. The best efforts will have gone to waste if the disaster recovery plan is on a network drive or internal computer that no one can reach.

The same goes for email access. If a company maintains an on-prem secure email server and connectivity is down, communication will be handicapped. A popular solution is to have email and data repositories in the cloud.

Another scenario could be that connectivity is down only to the main site, but a secondary site is available which people don’t know how to reach. For example, a SonicWall Secure Mobile Access (SMA) appliance will make remote access transparent as it will automatically set up a VPN to the closest online site and reroute access as needed.

Build communications options

The ability to communicate effectively with your team, company leaders, customers, vendors and partners has a direct correlation to how quickly a company recovers from a disaster.

Email is the main form of communication in all companies, but this may not be available. As a backup, use social media to coordinate efforts. Applications like Teams, Slack and WhatsApp are good options for coordinating with internal groups. Twitter and the company website also can be used for public communications.

Maintain cyberattack awareness

While cybersecurity awareness should be practiced at all times, it’s critical to be even more vigilant during times of disaster.

Cybercriminals are opportunistic and will launch targeted attacks (e.g., phishing campaigns, ransomware attacks) at areas, regions, companies or organizations looking to either take advantage of those trying to help or hoping the chaos has caused targets’ guards to drop.

Sadly, many non-profit organizations, including the Red Cross, FEMA, FCC and more, are forced to issue repeated scam warnings during disasters. Should one of these attacks compromise an employee or partner, it may be a pathway into your network. If the proper network security firewalls and secure email controls are not already in place, it only takes one click to breach a network or infect a machine.

Some basic best practices will protect users during times of disaster and ensure that contingency networks and access are protected, including two-factor authentication (2FA) or multifactor authentication (MFA), and next-generation antivirus (NGAV) or endpoint protection, such as SonicWall Capture Client.

Together, these will help validate a user’s identity even if his/her credentials are compromised and prevent malicious files from being executed and installed on company machines in the case of infection.

Prepare now

A proper disaster recovery and business continuity plan should not be put off. A catastrophic event or natural disaster could cause far more damage to your business, customers, employees and brand than a proactive, responsible investment in sound cybersecurity, redundant networks and failover controls.

Preparing for disaster not only helps safeguard you during times of crisis, but the same controls will likely protect your networks and data during everyday cyberattacks (e.g., ransomware, email attacks, encrypted threats, insider threats and other malicious threats) against your organization.

Cyber Security News & Trends

This week, it’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.


SonicWall Spotlight

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Focuses on Protecting Digital Identities, Being Accountable for Online Safety SonicWall Blog

  • It’s the 16th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! SonicWall has so much planned to go along with these year’s theme: Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. Have you entered our competition? Keep your eyes peeled for more, we’re going to have one each week.

SonicWall Deutschland Twitter account launches

  • We’re delighted for the launch of our new German language Twitter account! Follow it to keep up with the latest German SonicWall and cybersecurity news.

WATCH: CEO killer question with SonicWall – Channel Partner Insight

  • SonicWall CEO Bill Conner has only 50 seconds to answer the question – “What security capabilities are his partners not taking advantage of?” How does he do? Watch and decide for yourself.

SonicWall EMEA SecureFirst Partner Roadshow Series in South Africa – SonicWall Blog

  • The SonicWall EMEA SecureFirst Partner Roadshow Series hit South Africa and Spain including dates in Johannesburg and Durban. Will we be hitting your city next? Check out our schedule.

SonicWall Solution Center at the University of Pisa

  • Antonio Cisternino and proud SonicWall customer Università di Pisa, home of one of the only campus-based SonicWall Solution Centers in Europe, hosted SonicWall CEO Bill Conner at a special cybersecurity session. Students had the opportunity to learn about new cyber threats such as side-channel attacks and how to tackle them using SonicWall RTDMI.

Cybersecurity News

U.S. Government Confirms New Aircraft Cybersecurity Move Amid Terrorism Fears – Forbes

  • The Department of Home Security in the United States confirmed it is taking actions to protect citizens from cyberattacks targeting aviation. Acknowledging that modern aircraft are essentially flying data centers, the plan is related to the cybersecurity defenses currently being implemented on critical infrastructure like the power grid.

New Malware Campaign Targets US Petroleum Companies – Dark Reading

  • A sophisticated malware campaign is currently targeting US petroleum companies. Analysis of the malware shows that it uses multiple embedded JAR archives to hide the final payload, itself containing multiple execution processes. In one study, only five out of 56 anti-virus tools used to analyze the malware successfully detected it.

America Launches New Cybersecurity Directorate – InfoSecurity Magazine

  • America’s National Security Agency has launched a new organization, The Cybersecurity Directorate, aimed with unifying existing programs under one roof. By launching the new directorate, the NSA hopes to strengthen the cyber-shield protecting the country’s national security systems and critical infrastructure from threat actors.

Malware Infection Disrupts Production at Defence Contractor Plants in Three Countries – ZDNet

  • Rheinnmetall, one of the biggest defense contractors in the world, suffered a major cyberattack on its network that caused “significant disruption” at plants in Brazil, Mexico and the US. The company expects the long-term effects of the attack to run into tens of millions of euro.
And Finally:

Pace University’s Cybersecurity Day Features K-9 Demo News 12 Westchester

In the world of truly analogue cybersecurity, Pace University’s Labrador Harley is an unexpected tool for fighting cybercrime.


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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Focuses on Protecting Digital Identities, Being Accountable for Online Safety

The 16th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) begins today, but this year with a new emphasis: you.

Every October, the National Cyber Security Alliance collaborates with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) to launch the month-long campaign to highlight new or emerging cyber threats against people and organizations, and provide tips and best practices to stay safer online.

The 2019 movement, “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.”, highlights the fact that each and every online user, SMB and business should practice personal accountability and proactive behavior in today’s digital landscape.

During the next month, SonicWall cybersecurity experts will examine each of the three themes and explore key aspects of living and doing business in a modern, hyper-connected world.

Own IT.

  • Staying safe on social media
  • Update privacy settings
  • Best practices for device applications

Secure IT.

  • Create strong, unique passphrases for passwords
  • Turn on multi-factor authentication (MFA) or two-factor authentication (2FA) for various sites, services and applications
  • Shop safe online
  • How to spot and avoid email threats like phishing, smishing, vishing, business email compromise (BEC), etc.

Protect IT.

  • Ensure your software, web browser and operating systems are patched regularly
  • Guidance secure Wi-Fi and wireless
  • Keeping customer/consumer data and information safe

About NCSAM

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month was launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in October 2004 as a broad effort to help all Americans stay safer and more secure online. Following wide success of the ‘Our Shared Responsibility’ theme in years past, CISA and NCSA have shifted strategic focus to a message that promotes personal accountability.

To learn more about NCSAM, please visit StaySafeOnline.org.

Cyber Security News & Trends

This week, catch the SonicWall roadshow across Europe, ransomware is targeting K-12 systems, and Magecart hasn’t gone away.


SonicWall Spotlight

Bill Conner: Ransomware Actively Targeting K-12 Districts, Municipalities – SonicWall Blog

  • SonicWall CEO Bill Conner outlines the current rising ransomware risks for K-12 institutions and city municipalities in his latest piece written for the Forbes Technology council, recommending a layered security strategy as the best way to stop the threats.

SonicWall Hits the Road for the 2019 EMEA SecureFirst Partner Roadshow SeriesSonicWall Blog

  • Hit the road and come back for more and more! SonicWall partners should take the chance to see the SonicWall Roadshow in their city over October and November. Catch up on new products, talk to SonicWall executives and join in the fun learning about the future direction of the company and the world of cyber in general.

SaaS Application Security: 7 Risks to Mitigate – MSSP Alert

  • Rule Number 1: It may be 2019 but don’t fool yourself into thinking that phishing is no longer a threat… Shannon Emmons of SonicWall lists the seven primary security risks that anyone considering SaaS security needs to consider.

SonicWall CEO: ‘Direct Touch’ Model Has Helped Us Win More Enterprise Accounts – Channel Partner Insight

  • Bill Conner, CEO of SonicWall, is quoted by Channel Partner Insight discussing winning contracts via a strategy of direct touch. EMEA Director Michael Berg also weighs in giving an update on the UK, Germany and Middle East market.

David Chamberlin, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, SonicWall – VarIndia

  • SonicWall’s David Chamberlin explains the role of a Chief Marketing Officer to VarIndia, breaking down how the role has changed over the years and outlining SonicWall’s current market position and plans.

Cybersecurity News

The New Edward Snowden Book Is Being Used to Spread Malware – Verdict (UK)

  • Cybercriminals are capitalizing on the release of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s new book, Permanent Record, to spread banking malware Emotet via a spear phishing campaign that hides malware in a Microsoft Word file.

‘But Who’s in Charge’ Is the Question for Feds in Cybersecurity – Fifth Domain

  • The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) second annual national cybersecurity summit was recently held at National Harbor. Senator Ron Johnson drew attention to the growing need for guidance in cybersecurity in 5G technology and CISA Director Chris Krebs also spoke about how international boundaries can fall away when it comes to cyberthreats, calling for a greater participation between government and businesses so as to more effectively fight cybercrime.

Ransomware Strikes 49 School Districts & Colleges in 2019 – Dark Reading

  • Underlining SonicWall CEO Bill Conner’s article on rising ransomware threats in K-12 businesses, Dark Reading reports that almost 50 districts have been hit by Ransomware attacks in 2019, with ten victims in the previous nine days alone.

GDPR: Only One in Three Businesses Are Compliant – Here’s What Is Holding Them Back – ZDNet

  • In a survey of over 1000 industry personnel, a new study found that only 28% consider themselves to be fully GDPR compliant. In the responses, 36% believe the requirements of GDPR are too complex while one third of respondents say that the financial costs of achieving alignment with GDPR are too prohibitive.

Once Hacked, Twice Shy: How Auto Supplier Harman Learned to Fight Cyber Carjackers – Reuters

  • After suffering a number of public cybersecurity embarrassments in the past, the motor industry is now tackling the issue head-on; there has been exponential growth in the area with cybersecurity requirements now numbering in the hundreds of pages, up from just a single page five years ago.
And Finally:

Magecart Strikes Again: Hotel Booking Websites Come Under Fire ZDNet

  • It hasn’t gone away; a fresh wave of Magecart-linked attacks is currently taking place with the hotel booking websites the latest victims.

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it-SA 2019: SonicWall’s Integrated Cybersecurity Platform

Bringing together companies and leaders from around the world, it-sa 2019 is one of the most anticipated international technology events of the year, and it’s just around the corner! If you are attending, then expect to experience innovations and developments that will shape our future.

Visit SonicWall and its partners Axsos, Data-Sec, MCM, Takenet and Tarador at the technology fair from the 8th to the 10th of October at the Exhibition Center Nuremberg, Booth 9-538 in Hall 9.

About it-sa 2019

It-sa has established itself as Europe’s largest and most indispensable IT security exhibition and one of the most important platforms for cloud, mobile, data and network cybersecurity in the world. In 2018 around 700 exhibitors from 27 countries spread over 3 halls to present the latest IT security solutions to 14,290 trade visitors.

Based in Nuremberg since 2009, it-sa is a unique platform where C-Level experts and IT security officers from industry, services and administration get to meet developers and providers of products and services for IT security. It has successfully served as a catalyst for many innovative solutions.

From October 8 to 10, through a series of open forums, lectures and presentations, experts will be at hand to provide the most up-to-date information on strategies and technical solutions in IT security.

At the SonicWall stand

Learn about the latest cyber threats and solutions from SonicWall (booth: 9-538) and at the workstation of SonicWall distributor Infinigate (booth 9-416). Find out about:

Do you want to know if your company is safe from cyberattacks?

Cyber-threats do not discriminate or differentiate. Exposed networks, data, identities, and devices are identified, targeted and unscrupulously attacked by cybercriminals. Visit the SonicWall stand to learn how IT security issues like Internet of Things (IoT) vulnerabilities, constantly evolving malware variants, cloud threats and much more can be defeated.

Take the free security check at the SonicWall stand and then join our quiz – with a bit of luck, you can win a Moovi StVO e-scooter.

We’ll also be holding the presentation “Your account has been hacked” hosted by Silvan Noll, SE Manager Central Europe on 08.10.2019 at 13:15 in hall 10 or on 09.10.2019 at 10:00 in Hall 9.

And don’t miss the SonicWall Booth Party on 09.10.2019 from 18:00 clock in Hall 9 at Infinigate Stand 9-416!

“We look forward to demonstrating the depth of our growing portfolio of solutions, including our patent-pending RTDMI technology, which discovered 104,000 unprecedented attack variants from January to August alone,” says Jan-Patrick Schlögell, Regional Director Central Europe, SonicWall ,

Contact us on social media by tagging @SonicWall with the hashtag #itsa19. You can also follow us on social media throughout the it-sa event:

We look forward to seeing you there! Don’t forget: Hall 9.

SonicWall Hits the Road for the 2019 EMEA SecureFirst Partner Roadshow Series

Six weeks. Eight countries. Seventeen cities.

SonicWall is delighted to announce the launch of the 2019 SonicWall EMEA Partner Roadshow Series. The roadshow is taking place Oct. 1 through Nov. 14 in select cities across Europe and South Africa. This is an exciting opportunity for our SecureFirst Partners to gain insight into the vision, products, services and future direction of SonicWall.

Launched in 2016, the SecureFirst Partner Program has brought to market many new and exciting programs, incentives and tools for our partners. During our roadshow, partners will experience an immersive day of practical content including training and updates on a variety of valuable areas:

The roadshow will give partners an exclusive opportunity to learn about the future direction of the company, spend valuable time with SonicWall executives and product experts, and learn new ways to build their business. Partners will also get the opportunity to hear valuable feedback from each other and exchange ideas with their local SonicWall team.

“SonicWall Overdrive 2.0 has helped a lot for getting more sales, especially thanks to the included email campaigns. We would recommend Overdrive to all partners, as it is very easy to use and effective.”

Ryan Wade
Business Solutions Specialist
Turrito Networks

Register now

If you are interested in attending an upcoming Partner Roadshow event in Europe or Africa, please reference the table below and register for a city near you.

Date Location Registration Link
October 1 Johannesburg, South Africa Register
October 1 Madrid, Spain Register
October 2 Barcelona, Spain Register
October 3 Durban, South Africa Register
October 22 Bucharest, Romania Register
November 4 Neuss, Germany Register
November 5 Vienna, Austria Register
November 5 Lyon, France Register
November 6 Egerkingen, Switzerland Register
November 6 Paris, France Register
November 8 Frankfurt, Germany Register
November 11 Munich, Germany Register
November 12 Stuttgart, Germany Register
November 12 Milano, Italy Register
November 13 Roma, Italy Register
November 13 Hamburg, Germany Register
November 14 Leipzig, Germany Register

Please note availability is strictly limited and this event is targeted to the SonicWall SecureFirst Partner community.

More partner news

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Bill Conner: Ransomware Actively Targeting K-12 Districts, Municipalities

Bill Conner has always had ransomware in his crosshairs. And despite the dangerous malware somewhat fading from media interest in 2018, he knew better.

And for good reason.

First, ransomware is too effective and easy for cybercriminals to extort payment from victims and doesn’t require risky data exfiltration and subsequent Dark Web sales. Second, cybercriminals are sophisticated enough to pivot their tactics by either creating new malware variants or by finding new and easier targets.

As Conner outlines in his latest article for Forbes, “Back-To-School Lists Should Now Include Ransomware,” the summer of 2019 had both. The season featured a handful of new ransomware variants, but the big news was the targeting of both K-12 school districts and state and city municipalities.

“It’s a deliberate and strategic shift from hospitals and other soft targets to K-12 districts and schools, where security controls and technology resources aren’t as always as robust despite housing some of the most sensitive and private data,” Conner wrote for Forbes.

The summer of 2019 also witnessed one of the most tactical and widespread ransomware attacks against a single state. In August 2019, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) announced that 20-plus state agencies have been infected by ransomware. According to ZDnet, the “infection is blamed on strain of ransomware known only as the .JSE ransomware.”

In fact, the last 12 months have seen ransomware attacks bring city services to a halt, including those in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New York and more.

Ransomware protection requires layered, persistent protection

It’s an old cliché, but it’s true: cybersecurity is never finished. The same goes for malware and ransomware protection, which should be an evolving and ongoing practice.

“Regardless of industry, it’s important that C-level executives continue to be proactive in promoting cybersecurity investments as ransomware and the plethora of other kinds of cyberattacks continue to evolve in sophistication and volume,” Conner wrote.

The best approach is a layered security strategy that identifies and mitigates ransomware attacks across a number of vectors. One such approach is pairing a next-generation firewall with a multi-engine, cloud-based sandbox, such as the Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) sandbox.

 

Cost-effective for K-12 districts as well as state and local governments, Capture ATP stops unknown, zero-day attacks, including ‘never-before-seen’ ransomware, at the gateway with automated remediation. Capture ATP analyzes suspicious code to help discover and block newly developed malware and ransomware from entering your network — all in real time.

Cyber Security News & Trends

This week, Ecuador suffers a country-sized data breach, smart cities are put under the cybersecurity microscope, and SonicWall take a look at emerging technologies.


SonicWall Spotlight

#074 – Bill Conner: You Cannot Have Privacy Without Security – Cyber Security Interviews

  • SonicWall CEO Bill Conner discusses the current state of the threat landscape and details his career path on the Cyber Security Interviews podcast with Douglas Brush. They cover encryption, security for the SMB market, SonicWall’s Capture Threat Network, malware cocktails, malware as a service, AI and machine learning, governments backdooring encryption, and more!

SonicWall Awarded USETPA Contract – SonicWall Blog

  • SonicWall has been awarded the U.S. Educational Technology Purchasing Alliance (USETPA) contract for wireless access points, firewalls, and related security services. The USETPA assists public agencies to help reduce the cost of purchased goods through strategic sourcing that combines the volumes and the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide.

Five Technologies Likely To Disrupt Industries – CEO Insights India

  • Emerging technologies are changing how enterprises function. SonicWall’s Debasish Mukherjee lists his top five technologies that he thinks will have a major impact.

Cybersecurity News

Arrest Made in Ecuador’s Massive Data Breach – ZDNet

  • After the personal data of almost every person in Ecuador was leaked, Ecuadorian authorities have been quick to make an arrest. There is an ongoing investigation into what happened and why the company involved had access to such a large amount of unnecessary private data.

CISA Chief Calls on Cybersecurity Community to ‘Stop Selling Fear’ – The Hill

  • The head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Christopher Krebs, is calling on industry and government experts to do more to help society understand and grapple with growing cyber threats. He calls for more measured, reasonable and straightforward talk when explaining the cybersecurity landscape to the public.

Millions of Americans’ Medical Images and Data Are Available on the Internet. Anyone Can Take a Peek. – ProPublica

  • Hundreds of insecure computer servers worldwide store medical patient data that can easily be accessed. As one expert puts it, “It’s not even hacking. It’s walking into an open door.” ProPublica investigates the current privacy problems in medical technology.

How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City – Wall Street Journal

  • With IoT devices growing at huge rates smart cities are rapidly becoming a reality. However, without a good cybersecurity plan in place this is a risky situation, the more connected a city is, the more vulnerable it is to cyberattacks.

Colorado Cites Cybersecurity Concerns in Banning QR Codes on Ballots – The Hill

  • Colorado has become the first U.S. state to ban the use of QR codes on ballots. Currently QR codes are used as a fast way of scanning votes but with hacking fears on the rise there is a fear that votes could be altered by a digital intruder.

Lion Air Breach Hits Millions of Passengers – InfoSecurity Magazine

  • Security researchers have found at least 35 million airline records circulating online with details belonging mostly to Lion Air companies. Details leaked include names, dates of birth, phone numbers, emails, addresses, passport numbers and expiration dates. The companies say they are investigating the breach.
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Tackling Cybersecurity at the Rugby World CupTechradar

  • The 2019 Rugby World Cup is the most tech-enabled sports event yet and Japan has responded with a full cybersecurity sweep of network-connected IoT objects, checking for any vulnerabilities.

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