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Wireless Security, Wi-Fi Management Hot Topics at RSA Conference 2019

Like the many years before it, RSA Conference 2019 in San Francisco was full of buzz, energy, product “noise” and, this year, lots of heavy rain. And, of course, I forgot to bring my umbrella.

Rain or shine, RSA draws over 50,000 attendees each year. The event provides a chance to get to know the hot products shaping the security industry, hear from industry experts and connect with peers.

Although many fantastic cybersecurity products were on display on the expo floor, there were a few that completely stood out — and the end-to-end SonicWall wireless solution was among them.

Wireless security, planning and management from a single solution

The SonicWall wireless solution is comprised of SonicWave access points, WiFi Cloud Manager, WiFi Planner and the SonicWiFi mobile app. In fact, Biztech named the SonicWave wireless access points among the new and useful technology seen at the show. (Go to the 3:30 mark in the video below.)

SonicWave access points (AP) combine high-performance IEEE 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless technology with flexible deployment options. The APs can be managed via the cloud using SonicWall WiFi Cloud Manager or through SonicWall’s industry-leading next-generation firewalls. The result is a solution that could be untethered from the firewall to provide you a superior WiFi user experience that’s as secure as any wired connection.

SonicWave access points take advantage of the Wave 2 standard with MU-MIMO support, which enables simultaneous transmission to numerous Wave 2-enabled wireless clients, providing an enhanced user experience. You can also easily extend your Wi-Fi networks and effortlessly set it up with mesh technology.

Wireless security — even without a firewall

SonicWall integrates advanced security right on the access points. The cloud-based, multi-engine Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) sandbox and Content Filtering Service (CFS) can be enabled on the access points to provide advanced threat detection and protection.

SonicWave access points provide you comprehensive wireless security with features including a dedicated third radio for security scanning, wireless intrusion detection and prevention, wireless firewalling, secure Layer 3 wireless roaming and more.

Easy Wi-Fi planning, management from the cloud

If you aren’t an RF expert, getting the right AP placement for optimal coverage or density is somewhat impossible. Prior to AP deployment, designing and planning Wi-Fi networks with a site survey tool is essential.

This is where SonicWall WiFi Planner comes to your rescue. It is a predictive, cloud-based site-survey tool to ensure you have the best RF plan.

Once you have a plan, next you need to onboard the devices. The SonicWall SonicWiFi mobile app, available on iOS and Android, helps you monitor networks, easily onboard wireless access points and set up wireless mesh networks.

After onboarding you need to manage maybe dozens or even thousands of SonicWave access points. Named one of the 16 hottest network and endpoint security products at RSA by CRN, SonicWall WiFi Cloud Manager streamlines the process. It is available via the cloud-based Capture Security Center and delivers single-pane-of-glass visibility to reduce costs and simplify Wi-Fi management.

Wave 2 wireless access points are reliable, easy to manage

SonicWave access points are ideal for most deployments as they provide reliable user experience with flexible management. SonicWave 200 series access points are best suited for medium-to-low density requirements.

For example, the SonicWave 231c can be used indoors in retail stores or classrooms and can be installed on ceilings. While the SonicWave 224w can be used in indoor locations like hotel and hospital rooms.

On the other hand, the SonicWave 231o outdoor access points are IP67-rated to withstand tough outdoor conditions and fit perfectly in outdoor spaces like parks, playgrounds and parking lots. For higher density requirements, SonicWave 400 series access points is ideal.

Eight New Ways the SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform Protects Businesses

Two years ago, the SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform was a vision — one that boldly represented the future of how our company would better empower, enable and protect our global customers.

And now that it’s a reality, we’re evolving it yet again — in new areas with even more capabilities. Based on invaluable feedback from end-users, internal business owners and partners, the goal of this launch was to focus on these five areas where SonicWall could:

  • Help organizations better protect business cloud applications, like Office 365 and G Suite
  • Deliver more cost-effective network security options for a wider range of enterprises, small and medium businesses, and government agencies
  • Empower administrators with more advanced endpoint protection capabilities
  • Streamline wireless security, management, visibility and planning
  • Simplify wireless security and expansion with a mobile app, mesh networking and zero-touch deployment capabilities

Today, we announced new solutions that better protect networks, cloud applications, endpoints and all respective data. In all, this effort includes eight new products or solution enhancements to the Capture Cloud Platform.

  • Cloud App Security 2.0 — Available for Office 365 and G Suite, Cloud App Security provides advanced threat protection to stop targeted phishing attacks, zero-day threats and email fraud, such as business email compromise (BEC) and account takeovers (ATO). It also helps identify and mitigate malicious PDFs and Microsoft Office files stored in cloud solutions like Office 365, G Suite and Dropbox.
  • SonicWall SOHO 250 & TZ350 Firewalls — This pair of new next-generation firewalls (NGFW) consolidate security, networking and performance for a low total cost of ownership (TCO). They help organizations reduce costs and save time through integrated features, such as secure SD-WAN, auto-provision VPN and Zero-Touch Deployment.
  • SonicWall WiFi Cloud Manager — This scalable, centralized Wi-Fi network management system simplifies wireless access, control and troubleshooting capabilities across networks of any size or location through a ‘single pane of glass.’ SonicWall also is introducing the SonicWiFi mobile app, available on iOS and Android, to help you monitor your network, easily onboard wireless access points and set up wireless mesh networks.
  • SonicWall WiFi Planner — An intuitive, easy-to-use Wi-Fi surveying tool, SonicWall WiFi Planner helps you design and deploy secure wireless networks that enhance the user experience and ensure workforce productivity. Make sound Wi-Fi coverage decisions that account for different types of office spaces, floor plans, building materials, power requirements, signal strength, channel width and radio bands.
  • SonicWall SonicWave 200 Series Wireless Access Points — Enhance wireless user experiences by delivering gigabit performance, range and the reliability of 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless technology in a solution that is secure and extremely affordable. Activate advanced security services, including the Content Filtering Service (CFS) and Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) sandbox service, directly from SonicWave access points — even where firewalls aren’t deployed.
  • Capture Client 2.0 — With advanced Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) capabilities, the latest version of SonicWall Capture Client lets administrators track threat origins and intended destinations, kill or quarantine as necessary, and roll back endpoints to a last-known good state in case of infection.
  • Email Security 10.0 — Our enhanced secure email solution now provides multi-layered protection, including attachment sandboxing and time-of-click URL protection against advanced threats like targeted phishing attacks, ransomware, business email compromise (BEC) and email fraud.
  • SonicOS 6.5.4 — The latest version of our powerful operating system supports new SonicWall hardware platforms and includes major improvements in authentication, network security and wireless capabilities, such as the ability to increase DPI-SSL connections across all platforms and more comprehensive logging and reporting required by government organizations.

To learn more about each new product or enhancement, review our press release, contact a SonicWall security expert, or stay tuned to the blog this week as our security experts do deep-dives into each major product update.

More business. Less fear. That’s SonicWall’s commitment to you.

Easier Wi-Fi Planning, Security & Management from the Cloud

Wi-Fi access is ubiquitous, but it’s not always easy to plan, deploy, secure and manage, especially for distributed businesses and enterprises.

SonicWall believes there’s an easier approach. Our product teams have revamped our Wi-Fi management solutions with innovation at its foundation. Top-of-mind during the entire process, our focus was on evolving our Wi-Fi technology in four key areas: security, performance, simplicity and intuitiveness.

On paper, those sound obvious. But we wanted to be sure the execution matched the vision — to remove all the complexity without impacting the end-user experience. The outcome of this effort is four new SonicWall wireless solutions:

  • SonicWall WiFi Cloud Manager
  • SonicWall SonicWave 200 Series Wireless Access Points
  • SonicWiFi Mobile App
  • SonicWall WiFi Planner

Intuitive wireless management for the next era

One of the constant nightmares for network admins is an unmanageable network. As your network expands, policies change and threats increase, it is often difficult to keep pace.

Discovering an outage only after it has happened — or malware after it has creeped into your network — is disastrous. SonicWall arms you with the right tool to gain insights into your network to keep pace with changing network requirements.

SonicWall WiFi Cloud Manager is an intuitive, scalable and centralized Wi-Fi network management system suitable for networks of any size. With simplified management, wireless analytics is richer and easily accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. The cloud-based management solution is designed to be user-friendly and resilient while simplifying access, control and troubleshooting capabilities.

With a fresh UI, WiFi Cloud Manager can be accessed via SonicWall Capture Security Center to deliver powerful features and simplified onboarding via the cloud from a single pane of glass. Centralized visibility and control over SonicWall’s wired and wireless networking hardware reduces complexity and the need for costly overlay management systems. It also can be deployed across multiple regions for greater network visibility into disturbed enterprises.

For network admins on the go, SonicWall introduces SonicWiFi mobile app to set up and monitor your network. Easily onboard your APs and setup mesh with this app. It is available on iOS and Android.

Advanced wireless security — with or without a firewall

Organizations, big and small, need secure wireless solutions for extending connectivity to employees, customers and guests. The new SonicWave 200 series wireless access points deliver enterprise-level performance and security with the range and reliability of 802.11ac Wave 2 technology at an affordable price.

Built on industry-leading next-gen security, these APs features a dedicated third radio for security scanning. In fact, advanced security features like Content Filtering Service (CFS) and the Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) sandbox service can be performed on the AP itself, enabling organizations to mitigate cyberattacks even where firewalls aren’t deployed.

SonicWave 200 access points are available in three options, including 231c for indoor, 231o for outdoor and 224w for wall-mount requirements.

Manage dozens or even thousands of SonicWave wireless access points from anywhere you have an internet connection via the cloud or through the firewalls, providing you ultimate flexibility.

The SonicWall WiFi Cloud Manager provides you a single-pane-of-glass view of your entire wireless network. SonicWave access points also support SonicWall Zero-Touch Deployment, which allows the access points to be automatically identified and registered. SonicWiFi mobile app also lets you set up, manage and keep track of your network.

SonicWave access points leverage mesh technology to negate complexity from wireless expansion, especially at remote or distributed locations. Mesh networks are easy to set up, effortless to expand, and require fewer cables and less manpower to deploy, reducing installation costs. The new push-and-snap mounting bracket further adds to the ease of installation.

Easily plan, deploy your wireless networks

IT administrators often hear complaints about unreliable Wi-Fi connectivity leading to poor user experiences. This is mostly because Wi-Fi networks are not designed correctly to begin with. AP placements could be wrong, there may be radio frequency barriers or there simply isn’t enough capacity and coverage.

SonicWall WiFi Planner is a simple, easy-to-use, advanced wireless site survey tool that enables you to optimally design and deploy a wireless network for enhanced wireless user experience.

This tool lets you customize your settings per your surroundings and requirements to obtain maximum coverage with the fewest number of access points. You can prevent interference in your deployment on a best-effort basis through auto-channel assignment.

With a cloud-based UI, you also have the flexibility to collaborate with global teams. It is ideal for new access point deployments or to ensure excellent coverage in your wireless network. Available at no added cost, SonicWall WiFi Planner is accessible through WiFi Cloud Manager.
Together, these products deliver a powerful wireless solution, paving way for the next era of wireless security. Welcome to the future of wireless security.