SonicWall targets zero-day, APTs, with new email security platform

Company also previews a redesigned SonicOS 6.2.7 operating system

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SonicWall targets zero-day, APTs, with new email security platform SonicWall Email Security 9.0 with Capture ATP Service utilises cloud-based sandboxing technology to detect advanced threats.
By  David Ndichu Published  February 12, 2017

Cybersecurity firm SonicWall has announced a new email security platform and firewall operating system enhancements designed to offer improved prevention against ransomware, zero-day and advanced threats.

SonicWall Email Security 9.0 now integrates with Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Service to deliver a cloud-based, multi-engine sandbox that not only inspects email traffic for suspicious code, but also blocks malicious files from entering the network until a verdict is reached.

SonicWall also unveiled a preview of SonicOS 6.2.7 operating system, which the company says offers better breach prevention, a new threat Application Program Interface (API), more scalability and connectivity, and ease of management.

According to the 2017 SonicWall Annual Threat Report released this week, organisations are facing an onslaught of new security challenges. According to the SonicWall Global Response Intelligence Defence (GRID) Threat Network, the growth in ransomware attack attempts grew by 167x year-over-year to 638 million in 2016.

“Our 2017 SonicWall Annual Threat Report found that email remains a highly successful attack vector for cyber criminals because it’s all too easy for employees to fall victim to ransomware, phishing and unknown threats,” said Bill Conner, president and CEO, SonicWall. “SonicWall is enabling customers to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals by bolstering our platform with innovations that inspect and render a verdict on all email coming into and going out of their organisations, while keeping performance and usability high.”

SonicWall Email Security 9.0 with Capture ATP Service utilises cloud-based sandboxing technology to detect advanced threats by scanning a range of email attachment types, analysing them in a multi-engine sandbox, blocking them until reviewed by an administrator, and rapidly deploying remediation signatures. Signatures for newly discovered malware are quickly generated and automatically distributed across the SonicWall GRID Threat Network, thereby preventing further infiltration by the identified malware threat. Organisations have a choice of administrative options ranging from removing an offending email attachment to blocking an entire message, leading to higher security effectiveness and faster response times.

As attack methods evolve frequently, it is difficult for IT teams to ensure organisations are operating at optimal efficiencies and consistencies, while also meeting changing network security requirements. To address these network security challenges, the company is previewing SonicOS 6.2.7 which provides enhanced breach prevention, a new threat API, improved scalability and connectivity while simplifying management to ensure small businesses and large distributed enterprises receive a high quality-of-service level, increased on-demand capacity and connectivity and better security.

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