Whenever there’s talk of a DDoS (distributed denial-of service) attack, network administrators think of multiple systems flooding a network device from various locations on the internet. However, when it comes to BlackNurse, a new & quite different type of DDoS, a single laptop can launch the attack to bring down the gateway firewall!
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Today is an exciting day for SonicWall and our channel partners.  As part of SonicWall’s transition to an independent company owned by Francisco Partners and Elliot Management and to affirm our 100% channel strategy, we are launching the new SonicWall SecureFirst Partner Program.  We thought long and hard on what to name our new program. 
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To understand how SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection Service (ATP) protects the average company we looked at the data for 300 networks. SonicWall Capture ATP examines suspicious code and files to discover never-before-seen zero-day attacks.  So, in one day, how many of these new variants did Capture find?  See the infographic below to see what you could be up against without it.
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The recently publicized Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on the Domain Name System (DNS) service provider Dyn involved large numbers of IoT (Internet of Things) botnets. These attacks took many high traffic websites such as Twitter, Spotify and Netflix temporarily offline. Contrary to conventional wisdom, recent reports suggest this attack could be the largest of its kind carried out by amateur hackers as opposed to someone with skills that are more sophisticated.
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This week, we are officially a separate company owned by Francisco Partners. Our new leader, Bill Conner, President and CEO of SonicWall, has outlined a vision and strategy in his blog for our newly invigorated company to grow and thrive. We are ecstatic about the changes ahead. We have a long history of securing organizations in an ever evolving industry.
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Commencing a New Era in SonicWall’s Legacy of Leadership
Like any veteran of the cybersecurity field, I’ve known SonicWall by its sterling reputation since the company’s early days as a business network security solution provider. Today, it’s a great privilege to find myself at the helm of this world-class team during not only one of the most exciting times in the business’ 25-year history, but also the most complex and critical cybersecurity landscape the world has ever seen.
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With a background in security and ancient history, I love to draw correlations between the famed battles of old and the network security struggles of the modern world. To better understand this you have to look at the data. Since our customers started using SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Service we now have a better look to see where attacks are coming from and how often they happen.
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As PEAK16 comes to a close, I would like to recap some of the highlights from the numerous conversations with our world class and loyal VAR community. From the stage, the close to 744 channel partners in attendance heard about the latest ways to protect customers while ensuring IT is a business enabler, especially in light of the growing pervasiveness of ransomware.
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