Like many people, I sometimes pass over or delay software updates, but this one was different. The new SonicOS6.2.5 adds so many critical new features and so much functionality that I updated my SonicWall TZ firewall the moment it was available. The new SonicOS 6.2.5 also gave me a chance to make more sense out of my network.
Despite the dramatic increase in IT security spending over the last decade, we continue to see a similar increase in the number and the cost of IT security breaches. Consider that Gartner estimates that IT security spending will soar from $75 billion-plus in 2015 to $101 billion in 2018. And similar research firm Markets and Markets sees the cybersecurity market hitting $170 billion by 2020.
In February, we released our SonicWall Security 2016 Threat Report, and one of its highlights was a discussion on latest techniques and trends in exploit kits (EKs). EKs have become a key tool for cybercriminals to take over the target machines (via an exploit) and subsequently install a malware of their choice.
Securing large organizations is a massively complex task. There are so many different domains of security to think about, it can drive a person crazy. Fortunately, as we work closely with our customers and partners, we have the opportunity to see and address many of these challenges. We share what we learn with the security community to show them how to think about identity and access management (IAM) and network security in a unified way to get more out of each solution without incurring more cost.
Businesses are ramping technology investments and capabilities faster than ever. Employees, customers and partners are accessing more applications and data every day. These investments drive enormous value to the business, but also create IT complexity and security vulnerabilities. Our customers and partners constantly ask us to help them rise to these challenges, to help them deliver innovative initiatives and improve collaboration, while protecting their company.
Every day, we hear terrifying headlines such as this one – 27 million doctors’ mobile devices at high risk of malware. Our recent SonicWall Threat Report confirms the increase in malware targeted to Android devices. Fortunately today we are announcing the news of our latest SonicWall Secure Mobile Access 11.4 OS and the SMA 1000 Series to arm your IT organization with greater security, scalability and ability to abide by compliance standards.
I’ve just finished lunch and something is missing. It was a good lunch too: grilled cheese sandwich and lentil soup (a nod to the chilly, blustery Spring morning outside). I liked my lunch, but now I want a little”¦ I don’t know”¦ a little something. What I’d like, truth be told, is a little bit of chocolate.
You have a growing business, so you need to add more connections: PCs, cameras, or even another location. As you grow, your IT infrastructure is getting complicated, and with every new branch office complexity becomes an issue. As this network grows, there are additional challenges when adding more connections that need to be managed by the firewall.
Today, I am very excited to share with you the SonicOS 6.2.5 release for our 6th generation SonicWall TZ, NSA and SuperMassive Next-Generation firewalls. SonicOS 6.2.5 brings many new features that span across SMB, distributed enterprise and high-end deployments. Further, SonicOS 6.2.5 simplifies support for SonicWall Security partners by offering a single software platform for majority of the 6th generation SonicWall firewalls.
With fast emerging technologies, challenges of network design in distributed retail store locations is becoming huge. As retail store and distributed enterprise environments evolve, the underlying network infrastructure must evolve with the transformational changes to embrace new technologies such as mobile and digital media which aim to improve customer experience. Embracing new technological changes in a retail network needs to be carefully thought through by raising the following questions: Is the network infrastructure scalable?