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SonicWall Demonstrates Leadership, Earns 'Recommended' Rating in 2018 NSS Labs Next-Generation Firewall Test for Security Effectiveness, Low Total Cost of Ownership

  • SonicWall NGFW earns 98.8 percent security effectiveness rating and
    low TCO with $4 cost per protected Mbps
  • Tested 100 percent effective in resisting evasions including URL,
    FTP, HTTP, Telnet and HTML, as well as obfuscation and fragmentation
  • Earned 100 percent ratings in stability and reliability categories

SonicWall, the trusted security partner protecting more than 1 million
networks worldwide, today announced it received a Recommended
rating in the 2018 Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) Group Test by NSS
Labs, Inc., a global leader and trusted source for independent,
fact-based cybersecurity guidance.

SonicWall placed in the prestigious upper-right ‘Recommended' quadrant
on the NSS Labs Security Value Map (SVM). SonicWall was among 10
participants in the product testing that included examination in areas
such as security effectiveness, performance and total cost of ownership

"NSS Labs is committed to independent testing that helps enterprises
make informed cybersecurity decisions," said NSS Labs CEO Vikram Phatak.
"With ‘Recommended' ratings for five years, SonicWall next-generation
firewalls are an excellent choice for any company seeking devices with
strong security and consistent product quality to evolve their security
architectures. We applaud SonicWall's focus on product consistency and
security effectiveness."

This third-party validation confirms what customers have been saying
about SonicWall's approach to end-to-end cybersecurity, which protects
everything between and including traditional networks, wireless and
mobile environments, and endpoints. SonicWall Capture Client endpoint
protection is powered by SentinelOne, which also earned a ‘Recommended'
rating in the 2018 NSS Labs Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP) Group

"The attack surfaces cybercriminals leverage to exploit organizations
grow by the day," said SonicWall Senior Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer Atul Dhablania. "Businesses should ensure they're
partnered with a trusted cybersecurity leader that not only extends
security across endpoints and traditional networks, but does so with
cost-effective, enterprise-grade solutions that are routinely validated
by respected third parties."

Based in Austin, Texas, NSS Labs conducts one of the industry's most
respected, fact-based tests for a full range of cybersecurity products,
including network and breach security, endpoint protection, cloud and
virtual security, and more.

During the NSS Labs test, SonicWall NSa 2650 endured
thorough testing exercises via the NSS Exploit Library, which exposed
the appliance to more than 1,900 exploits. To ensure real-world testing
conditions, NSS Labs engineers utilize multiple commercial, open-source
and propriety tools to launch a broad range of attacks. SonicWall was
successful in countering 100 percent of all advanced HTTP evasion,
obfuscation and fragmentation techniques.

"With more than 5.99 billion malware attacks in the first half of 2018
alone, enterprises can quickly find themselves at risk," said SonicWall
CEO Bill Conner. "Next-generation firewalls are more critical than ever
as businesses have come to depend on their reliability and protection.
Core to SonicWall's automated, real-time breach detection and prevention
platform, our firewalls provide the latest defense in the cyber arms
race. With SonicWall, our partners and customers have access to proven
security at a cost-effective price point, as confirmed by the latest NSS
Labs group tests."

Growing cyber threats make it increasingly important for businesses and
proactive organizations to implement the most effective security
controls and the means to manage them easily. As reported in the
mid-year update of the 2018 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, the first six
months of 2018 saw 181.5 million ransomware attacks — a 229 percent
increase over 2017.

"Staying ahead of cybercriminal tactics is critical in the defense of
any organization operating online today," said SonicWall Vice President
of Product Management Lawrence Pingree. "Businesses require
cybersecurity strategies that can mitigate the most advanced cyber
threats at costs that won't impact their core business objectives.
SonicWall scores extremely high in all categories."

Several factors are taken into consideration when weighing vendor
options and calculating TCO. SonicWall NSa 2650 earned a TCO of
$4 per protected Mbps. This year's comparison was comprised of totals
based on product purchasing price, maintenance, installation costs,
required upkeep, management and installation.

In the last four months, SonicWall announced new lines of NSa
appliance and NSv virtual firewalls designed for small and large
distributed enterprises, service providers, government organizations,
educational institutions and retailers.

Complementing SonicWall's virtual and appliance-based firewalls is
Capture Security Center, which provides cloud-based,
single-pane-of-glass (SPOG) management, reporting and analytics for
SonicWall firewalls, endpoints protected by Capture Client, cloud
security and cyber threat data.

NSS Labs performed an independent test of the SonicWall NSa 2650
at its facility in Austin, Texas. Results are based on the Next
Generation Firewall Test Methodology v8.0, Secure Sockets
Layer/Transport Layer Security Performance Test Methodology v1.3 and the
Evasions Test Methodology v1.1 available at
Testing was conducted free of charge and NSS did not receive
compensation in return for SonicWall's participation.

To download the complete 2018 NSS Labs Next-Generation Firewall
Comparative Report and Security Value Map™ (SVM)
, please visit

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About SonicWall

SonicWall has been fighting the cybercriminal industry for over 26 years
defending small, medium-size businesses and enterprises worldwide.
Backed by research from SonicWall Capture Labs and the formidable
resources of over 26,000 loyal channel partners around the globe, our
award-winning, real-time breach detection and prevention solutions
secure more than a million business and mobile networks and their
emails, applications and data. This combination of products and partners
has enabled an automated real-time breach detection and prevention
solution tuned to the specific needs of the more than 500,000
organizations in over 200 countries and territories. These businesses
can run more effectively and fear less about security. For more
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