SonicWALL Announces Granular Application Intelligence, Control and Real-Time Visualization for Its Next-Generation Firewalls

SonicWALL, Inc. a leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today announced SonicOS 5.8 for its Next-Generation Firewall product lines. This enhances its existing application intelligence and control capabilities by integrating a real-time application visualization dashboard and analysis tools, enabling IT managers to visualize all application traffic and determine application bandwidth consumption based on real-time information. Administrators can immediately control and allocate resources for critical applications and users to drive productivity, while blocking or controlling inappropriate activities. All controls operate on specific applications rather than trying to rely on generic port or protocols often used by stateful packet inspection firewalls.

Policies like 'Facebook but no Farmville, and Facebook only uses less than 10% of connections and bandwidth during business hours' are now possible."

Says Greg Young, vice president of research at Gartner: "Firewalls have traditionally been a binary block/allow model. Stateful inspection firewalls can only control ports and IP addresses, so there is no context for what is in that Web session. Intrusion Prevention Systems can spot malware, but application control in Next-Generation Firewalls can limit or control applications such as social media, and with granularity controlling which activities within a social media are allowed, and can allow critical applications get the bandwidth they need.

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