SonicWall Announces Capture Cloud Platform
SonicWall has introduced the SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform, which tightly integrates security, management, analytics and real-time threat intelligence across the company’s full portfolio of network, email, mobile and cloud security products. SonicWall also is introducing new and enhanced products in its portfolio of hardware, virtual appliances and endpoint clients.
The significance of the unified and connected SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform is highlighted by the escalating threat landscape. In the first quarter of 2018 alone, the average SonicWall customer faced 7,739 malware attacks, a year-over- year increase of 151 percent; 335 of these attacks were hidden using SSL/TLS encryption. The SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform also identified more than 49,800 new attack variants in the first quarter, with SonicWall Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI) identifying 3,500 never-before- seen variants.
“Winning the cyber arms race requires a consistent, agile and reputable stream of real-time cyber threat intelligence,” said SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner. “The new SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform ensures organizations are always protected by the absolute latest information — updates, signatures and alerts — to automatically defend their networks from the most advanced cyberattacks.”
To aid organizations in mitigating growing volumes and variants of cyberattacks, the SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform provides intelligence, management and analytics to supplement SonicWall’s complete portfolio of cybersecurity hardware, virtual appliances and endpoint clients for an efficient, easy-to- use and connected customer experience.
SonicWall Capture Labs researchers pioneered the use of artificial intelligence for threat research and protection over a decade ago. Today, machine-learning algorithms are used to analyze data and classify and block known malware before it can infect the network. Unknown files are sent to the SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform where they are analyzed using a variety of techniques, including hypervisor analysis, emulation, virtualization and RTDMI T technology, blocking zero-day malware in near real time.
“This integrated, connected and real-time platform is the result of more than two decades of innovation, research, engineering and expertise,” said SonicWall CTO John Gmuender. “Today’s cyber threats are so agile and advanced that protecting customers on a by-the- minute basis is critical to delivering positive security outcomes.”
One of the cornerstones of the SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform is the SonicWall Capture Security Center, originally released as SonicWall Cloud GMS. Delivered as a cost-effective service offering, the SonicWall 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 a single pane of glass.
Extending SonicWall’s vision to the world of cloud and virtualization, SonicWall Network Security virtual (NSv) firewalls protect all critical components of private and public cloud environments. SonicWall NSv virtual firewalls deliver the security advantages of a physical firewall with the operational and economic benefits of virtualization, including system scalability and agility, speed of system provisioning, simple management and cost reduction.
The new SonicWall Web Application Firewall (WAF) delivers defense-in- depth capabilities to protect web applications running in private, public or hybrid cloud environments. Organizations in regulated industries gain a complete, out-of- box compliance solution for application-centric security that is easy to manage and deploy.
Like the SonicWall NSv series, SonicWall WAF can be deployed as a virtual appliance in private clouds based on VMWare or Microsoft Hyper-V, or in Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure public cloud environments.
The new SonicWall Capture Client extends an organization’s ability to defend endpoint devices that connect and interact with its networks, applications and data. SonicWall Capture Client is a unified client platform that delivers multiple endpoint protection capabilities, including next-generation malware protection and support for visibility into encrypted traffic.
SonicWall also announced updates to its Network Security appliance (NSa) range of next-generation firewalls. The new NSa 3650, 4650 and 5650 models continue the evolution of SonicWall’s vision for a deeper level of network security without a performance penalty. The new NSa series models offer more than double the number of SPI connections (up to 4 million) and quadruple the number of DPI-SSL connections compared to their predecessors.
“Demonstrated by our agility, innovation and rapid execution, SonicWall is delivering more customer- and partner-focused security solutions, capabilities and features than ever before,” said Conner. “It started last year with a historic mobile security launch and continues today with the delivery of cybersecurity solutions and threat intelligence capabilities made accessible via a powerful and connected cloud platform.”
SonicWall Capture Security Center, Network Security virtual (NSv) firewalls, Network Security appliance (NSa) firewalls, SonicWall WAF and SonicWall Capture Client will be available to purchase in the first half of calendar year 2018.