When It Comes to Security, Protection and Performance Matter

These days, cybercrime is big business. All types of data are being traded, whether it is medical information, credit card information, or the secret designs of your new product, app or service.

Malware is becoming more sophisticated and today it's commonly hidden inside a larger file, or encrypted so a firewall device can't decrypt it. Meanwhile, the price of cyberhacking tools is going down, so denial of service attacks, eavesdropping software, and Wi-Fi interception devices are less expensive and more readily available.

Given the maturity and sophistication of malware, businesses of every size and industry are at risk. At the same time, firewalls are becoming more mature and sophisticated and are better integrated into the network, going beyond security to help improve network efficiency. A high-performing firewall can protect against advanced attacks, as well as control traffic on your network. However, the firewall you had last year probably isn't going to guard you from this year's threats. A firewall has to protect more than assets—it also has to protect people, networks and productivity, and it has to give you granular controls into complex applications.

Protect assets and people
Firewalls were originally designed only to secure assets, but modern threats are so much more sophisticated that your firewall must now extend to protecting both assets and people. By functioning as a management hub for people and applications, next-generation firewalls now allow you to get the type of network performance employees need so you can get the level of security the business requires. A smoothly running network is one that has blocked spam that can consume network resources and restricts non-productive bandwidth consuming activities such as video downloads.

Protect networks
It's easy to have a false sense of security once you install a firewall or cyberprotection program, but too many businesses have learned the hard way that just owning the software isn't enough. Effective network security requires that you enable all program functions including antivirus detection, intrusion prevention and content filtering. Firewalls must be able to analyze entire files, including encrypted files and large file sizes. Finally, after the firewall is installed, it's critical that you test it regularly.

Protect productivity
Next-generation firewalls feature aggressive countermeasures and high-speed performance, reducing risk, management complexity and costs through automated, dynamic security measures that are optimized to protect network performance.

Provide granular controls
Firewall control must also be granular enough to manage application functions without disrupting productivity. Firewall zones should also allow you to isolate groups to minimize data leaks or breaches.

Next-generation firewalls
Traditional firewalls often lack the scalability and power to deliver the comprehensive protections or granular controls required to keep your organization safe in today's complex, and potentially hostile, IT environment.

Alternatively, Dell SonicWALL next-generation firewalls can help you protect your business from viruses, spam, spyware, intrusions and other threats that hide in web traffic. Dell SonicWALL firewalls feature application intelligence and granular controls, plus real-time monitoring either locally or for distributed environments through a central office. There is no compromise, as these solutions deliver comprehensive network security without negatively impacting productivity.

Specifically, Dell SonicWALL SuperMassive Series and Network Security Appliance (NSA) Series help organizations with 10+ Gigabit Ethernet networks protect networks, improve performance and stay scalable. The SonicWALL NSA Series delivers highly effective anti-virus, anti-spyware, intrusion prevention and application intelligence for wired or wireless networks without impact to performance. Also, the SonicWALL NSA and TZ Series protect retail, branch offices, distributed environments and medium-sized businesses from a wide range of modern threats without slowing performance or losing scalability. You can manage multiple SonicWALL firewalls from a central office, thus ensuring consistency of security policies across distributed environments.

Regardless of the size of your business or type of industry, don't let an outdated firewall put your entire business at risk. Dell offers comprehensive, powerful next-generation firewalls for organizations of any size.

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