The following is a guest post from Chuck Bartlett, Senior Vice President, Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Tech Data Corp.

The SonicWall Security Peak Performance 2015 conference is fast approaching. Taking place from Aug. 30 through Sept. 2 in Las Vegas, this conference offers an opportunity to gain important insights about security trends, learn about changing customer needs, and grow your business with SonicWall.

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Many deployed security solutions rely on a number of legacy products to provide layered security services. In addition, most customers are without security products that perform deep packet inspection (DPI) or SSL/TLS (DPI-SSL) inspection. This combination is leaving you vulnerable at a time when the complexity of cyber security attacks and the proliferation of malware is exploding.

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If you are a small office, I have good news; the new SonicWall TZ Wireless Firewall Series now has integrated wireless. In an earlier life, the startup I was working for had a small compact office; it would be the perfect candidate for the integrated wireless product. For many, where the office is spread out or occupies multiple floors, the ability to use Access Points for an external solution would be the way to go.

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This is a guest post by Timothy Martinez, Founder and President of Western NRG, a premier partner of SonicWall Solutions.

The new  SonicWall TZ Wireless line offers comprehensive security and powerful performance for wired and wireless networks, all in one unit. These network security appliances bring huge technical strides in processing and inspection power to the TZ line, along with 802.11ac wireless, which has up to 3x the throughput of previous wireless standards.

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How many times have you heard the phrase, “Your data is your most valuable possession?” Pretty often I bet. And it’s true. The information your organization keeps is extremely important not only to you, but to your customers as well.

I was thinking about this the other day while watching a scene from the movie “The Incredibles” where the superhero mom tells her daughter, “Your identity is your most valuable possession.

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Beyond basic network firewall testing scenarios, the specialized firewall testing tools needed to accurately assess next-generation firewall (NGFW) security effective remain out of reach to any but the largest IT department budgets. Therefore, most organizations look to independent hands-on test results from respected research laboratories such as NSS Labs. NSS Labs uses a very specific testing methodology that is run on each of the NGFWs being tested.

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Shrinking or flat IT security budgets and personnel; this is what many organizations of any size are facing daily. However, the security threats and compliance requirements continue to grow and become even more complex.

In response, many companies have implemented single security solutions on a reactive basis. For example, they might have started with a traditional firewall to protect their network, then implemented a web content filtering gateway and then added a dedicated intrusion prevention system (IPS/IDS) solution.

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Managing and securing mobile data is about to get a whole lot easier. Mobile platform providers, historically focused on the consumer, are now investing heavily in new OS features that will seamlessly integrate with mobile management and security solutions and allow businesses to more easily enable mobile access to more data and resources without compromising security.

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It is clear that today’s businesses require reliable network connectivity, and access to both corporate and Internet resources. Connections to and from business units, external customers and SOHOs are all equally important to ensure continuity. Business runs all day, every day, even in off hours. Most companies run operations around the clock, seven days a week, so it is important to realize that solid business continuity strategy and redundancy technology should be considered and implemented.

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