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SonicWall Wins Gold and Silver in Best in Biz Awards 2018

SonicWall has been named a multiple winner in the 8th annual Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America.

Best in Biz Awards 2018 honors were conferred in 70 award categories across five focus areas: company; department or team; executive; product; and CSR, media, PR and other categories. SonicWall received Best in Biz honors in in two categories, as a gold winner for the Most Innovative Product of the Year and a silver winner for the Support Department of the Year.

With the addition of the Best in Biz Awards, SonicWall has won 44 industry honors so far in 2018.

SonicWall’s Capture Cloud Platform took the gold award in the Most Innovative Product of the Year – SMB category. The Capture Cloud Platform combines the global security intelligence of the Capture Threat Network with the cloud-based management, reporting and analytics of the Capture Security Center and the advanced threat prevention of the multi-engine Capture ATP sandbox. This approach enables our complete portfolio of high-performance hardware, virtual appliances and clients to harness the power of the cloud.

SonicWall’s Global Support team, under the leadership of SVP and Chief Customer Success Officer Keith Trottier, was recognized with a silver award in the Support Department of the Year category. SonicWall is proud to provide dedicated, follow-the-sun service and support with global contact centers that are staffed 24/7 with technical support and customer service teams.

“All of the entries in the Service categories in this year’s Best in Biz Awards take the meaning of ‘service’ seriously – whether it is targeting individuals, companies or employees,” said Mari Edlin, Healthcare Innovation News, judging her third Best in Biz Awards competition. “Submissions represented an entirely new service, while others added an innovative touch to their other offerings, enhancing already existing, similar products. Hats off to everyone for keeping good service alive!”

Since 2011, winners in Best in Biz Awards have been determined based on scoring from independent judging panels deliberately composed each year of prominent editors and reporters from some of the most respected newspapers, TV outlets, and business, consumer, technology and trade publications in North America. Structured in this unique way, Best in Biz Awards is able to best leverage its distinguished judges’ unparalleled expertise, experience and objectivity to determine award winners from among the hundreds of entries. This year’s judging panel included writers and contributors to such publications as Associated Press, Barron’s, Consumer Affairs, eWeek, Forbes, Healthcare Innovation News, Inc., Investment Advisor Magazine, MediaPost, New York Post, New York Times, Ottawa Citizen and Wired.

For a full list of winners in Best in Biz Awards 2018, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2018-winners

About Best in Biz Awards

Since 2011, Best in Biz Awards has made its mark as the only independent business awards program judged each year by a who’s who of prominent reporters and editors selected from top-tier publications from North America and around the world. Over the years, Best in Biz Awards judges have ranged from Associated Press to the Wall Street Journal and winners have spanned the spectrum, from blue-chip companies that form the bedrock of the world economy to local companies and some of the most innovative start-ups. Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in two separate programs: North America and International, and in 70 categories, including company, team, executive, product, and CSR, media, PR and other categories. For more information, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com.

September 2018 Cyber Threat Data: Ransomware Threats Double Monthly, Encrypted Threats Still Growing

We’re into October and based on this year’s reports so far, the threat landscape is continuing to evolve and change as the global cyber arms race grows.

Phishing attacks continue to trend downwards, with September data showing the volume of attacks down 92 percent compared to the same time last year. The reasons for this decline are not 100 percent clear, but may be partly attributed to increased awareness as people are becoming more adept at identifying phony websites and sharing information about common scams.

While phishing is still a threat, particularly as the holiday season approaches, it appears that cyber criminals are continuing to favor attacks involving malware, ransomware, TLS/SSL encrypted attacks and intrusion attempts. SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection sandbox, with Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMITM), has discovered 27,680 new attack variants this year, further evidence that cyber criminals are pursuing more sophisticated and coordinated methods of attack.

Globally, the SonicWall Capture Threat Network, which includes more than 1 million sensors across the world, recorded the following 2018 year-to-date attack data through September 2018:

  • 8.5 billion malware attacks (54 percent increase from 2017)
  • 2.9 trillion intrusion attempts (49 percent increase)
  • 262.4 million ransomware attacks (108 percent increase)
  • 1.9 million encrypted threats (56 percent increase)

In September 2018 alone, the average SonicWall customer faced:

  • 1,662 malware attacks (24 percent decrease from July 2017)
  • 791,015 intrusion attempts (19 percent increase)
  • 56 ransomware attacks (99 percent increase)
  • 70.9 encrypted threats (61 percent decrease)
  • 10 phishing attacks each day (92 percent decrease)

 SonicWall Capture Security Center

SonicWall cyber threat intelligence is available in the SonicWall Security Center, which provides a graphical view of the worldwide attacks over the last 24 hours, countries being attacked and geographic attack origins. This view illustrates the pace and speed of the cyber arms race.

The resource provides actionable cyber threat intelligence to help organizations identify the types of attacks they need to be concerned about so they can design and test their security posture ensure their networks, data, applications and customers are properly protected.

Get the Mid-Year Update

Dive into the latest cybersecurity trends and threat intelligence from SonicWall Capture Labs. The mid-year update to the 2018 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report explores how quickly the cyber threat landscape has evolved in just a few months.

Capture Security Center: Knowledge, Visibility & Control of Your Cyber Security Ecosystem

For many organizations, the fear of being targeted by cybercriminals runs deep, especially as news of the latest high-profile cyberattacks dominate the headlines. Managing security and responding to cyber risks and events are major issues organizations face on a daily basis.

In May 2018 alone, the average SonicWall customer faced 2,302 malware attacks — a 56 percent year-over-year increase. Of those, on average, 62 were ransomware attacks, which are well known for forcing entire organizations to cease operations.

Insufficient visibility and knowledge of these risks within the network fabric compounds the problem. This makes it nearly impossible for security teams to detect and uncover unsafe network and user activities, and calibrate security policies at the speed and accuracy they need to maintain a robust security posture.

Making matters worse, organizations are burdened with managing and operating complex and fragmented security silos. Administrations are often cumbersome and labor-intensive.

Tasks and processes are generally uncorroborated and non-compliant. This level of technology fragmentation and operation disarray has businesses demanding for an integrated approach for security, management and reporting, analytics and real-time threat intelligence.

Unified Security Governance, Compliance & Risk Management

To help organization in that effort, SonicWall is expanding the capabilities of the Capture Security Center to deliver the foundation for a unified security governance, compliance and risk management strategy.

Capture Security Center offers the ultimate in visibility, agility and capacity to govern entire SonicWall security operations and services with greater clarity, precision and speed — all from one simple, common cloud interface that can be accessed from any location and any web-enabled device.

The integration-friendly nature of the Capture Security Center is ideal for a variety of organizations and use cases, including distributed enterprises and service providers that are adopting cloud computing for cost efficiencies.

Now, these organizations can easily manage their complete security ecosystem with single-sign-on access to license, provision and manage their network, endpoint and cloud security services. This includes:

New Enhancements to Capture Security Center

Capture Security Center simplifies and automates various tasks to promote tighter security coordination while reducing the complexity, time and expense of performing security operations and administrations. Key Capture Security Center updates include:

  • Integrated Threat Intelligence — Improve security outcomes from the firewall to the endpoint with integrated threat intelligence between the SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) sandbox service, Capture Client endpoint protection and SentinelOne threat databases.
  • Workflow Automation — Conform to customary firewall policy change management and auditing requirements of various regulatory mandates, such as PCI, HIPAA and GDPR.
  • Zero-Touch Deployment — Reduce time, cost and complexity associated with the installation, configuration and provisioning of firewalls at remote and branch office locations.
  • Flexible Reporting — Leverage more than 140 pre-defined report templates to gain awareness of network events, user activities, threats, operational and performance issues, security efficacy, risks and security gaps, compliance readiness and post-mortem analysis.
  • Intelligence-Driven Analytics — Use aggregation, normalization, correlation and contextualization of security data to empower security teams, analysts, auditors, boards, C-suites and stakeholders to discover, interpret, prioritize and implement intelligence-driven decisions.
  • Scalable Cloud Architecture — Scale Capture Security Center on demand to support thousands of SonicWall security devices under its management, regardless of location.

Predictable, Cost-Effective Security Management

With Capture Security Center, there is no upfront cost and no on-premise equipment. It is offered as a cloud-hosted solution with yearly subscription license options. With software updates and support included in an active subscription service, access to the latest innovations and enhancements is immediate.

This gives organizations and managed service providers (MSP) a unified security management, analytic and reporting platform without the financial risks or technical challenges of supporting a solely owned infrastructure.

Visit the Capture Security Center to access additional information and learn how it can enables security team take smarter security policy and control actions towards a sharper, safer, and compliant network environment.