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SonicWall Case Study

Dreaming Tree Technology

Introduction

This case study of Dreaming Tree Technology is based on an August 2021 survey of SonicWall customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“Protection against zero-day threats that happens basically automatically with very little configuration required on the SonicWall. We enable it on every SonicWall we configure and manage, which is in the thousands, as it provides the much-needed added layer of security against today’s most dangerous zero-day threats.”

Challenges

The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select SonicWall:

  • Sandbox services they have had in place or evaluated before selecting SonicWall Capture ATP:
    • McAfee Advanced Threat Defense
    • Fortinet FortiSandbox
  • When asked which single challenge most influenced their organization to add SonicWall Capture ATP, said protection against advanced malware or ransomware.

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of SonicWall that the surveyed company uses:

  • Features important for them in selecting SonicWall Capture ATP:
    • Inclusion of Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI) to block unknown attacks
    • Integration across SonicWall’s product portfolio
    • AI\ML-driven security protections
    • Block-until-verdict capability
    • Third-party validation or certification (e.g., ICSA Labs)

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with SonicWall:

  • They are extremely satisfied with the SonicWall Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) sandbox service.
  • SonicWall product(s) they have integrated with Capture ATP:
    • SonicWall Firewall (TZ, NSa, NSsp, etc.)
    • SonicWall Capture Client Endpoint Protection
  • They agree that SonicWall Capture ATP beat the competition in security effectiveness.
  • Types of operational benefits their organization realized following the enablement of SonicWall Capture ATP:
    • Improved productivity (i.e, higher employee uptime) by avoiding stoppages due to security incidents (e.g., ransomware incident)
    • Improved the efficiency of threat response processes
    • Improved protection of critical information
    • A greater ability to meet regulatory compliance standards
    • Lowered total cost of ownership (TCO)

SonicWall Case Study

Large Enterprise Industrial Manufacturing Company

Introduction

This case study of a large enterprise industrial manufacturing company is based on an August 2021 survey of SonicWall customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“SonicWall Capture ATP is meeting or exceeding my performance and security expectations.”

Challenges

The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select SonicWall:

  • When asked which single challenge most influenced their organization to add SonicWall Capture ATP, said protection against new, unknown or emerging attack types (e.g., zero-day attacks).

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of SonicWall that the surveyed company uses:

  • Features important for them in selecting SonicWall Capture ATP:
    • Integration across SonicWall’s product portfolio

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with SonicWall:

  • They are satisfied with the SonicWall Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) sandbox service.
  • SonicWall product(s) they have integrated with Capture ATP:
    • SonicWall Firewall (TZ, NSa, NSsp, etc.)
  • Types of operational benefits their organization realized following the enablement of SonicWall Capture ATP:
    • A greater ability to meet regulatory compliance standards

SonicWall TZ Case Study

A & L Hydraulics, Inc.

Introduction

This case study of a SonicWall TZ270/370/470 firewall is based on a survey of A&L Hydraulics, Inc., by TechValidate, an independent third-party research service. Founded in 1976, A&L Hydraulics is an Omaha-based Manufacturer and wholesaler and distributor of industrial machinery, hydraulic equipment and supplies, including hydraulic power units.

SonicWall’s Gen 7 TZ Series firewalls gives us more insight into what traffic we are seeing. It has great visual tools to help share that information with management.
—J.R. Crayne, IT Professional

Challenges

Crayne was interested in the new Gen 7 TZ Series firewalls to further optimize the company’s network security performance, while retaining support and customer service levels.

“We have been using SonicWall for years and love their products and support,” says Crayne. “It was easy to transfer configuration from our old firewall and have it up and running fast."

Use Case

Crayne deployed the TZ firewall at a single site. “It is the firewall for our small organization.”

Gen 7 SonicWall TZ firewalls are the first desktop form factor next-generation firewalls (NGFW) with 10 or 5 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Designed for small, mid-sized organizations and distributed enterprise with SD-Branch locations, they combine industry-validated security effectiveness with best-in-class price-performance.

Results

The TZ Series offers great features and solid security,” reports Crayne. “We love the new robust management interface.”

Crayne says the company has also benefitted from the following features.

• Capture ATP Advanced Threat Protection
• Gateway AV, IPS and Application Control

“Plus, SonicWall has good support,” adds Crayne.

SonicWall Email Security Case Study

Law Offices of the Public Defender – State Of New Mexico

Introduction

This case study of Law Offices of the Public Defender (LOPD) for the State of New Mexico is based on a survey of SonicWall Email Security customers by TechValidate, a third-party research service. The LOPD is New Mexico’s largest law firm. The administration office is in Santa Fe, with a dozen distributed district offices. It has 406 staff, including 221 attorneys and contracting with approximately 160 private attorneys to represent over 70,000 cases each year. The Department also has 15 social workers across the state in its district offices.

“SonicWall Email Security is very reliable and secure.”
— Adrian Martinez, IT Manager

Challenges

The LOPD had previously been challenged by spam and phishing attacks, as well as email containing malware, ransomware, and malicious embedded links.

  • Evaluated an email security solution after facing the following challenges:
    • Phishing
    • Malware/ransomware
    • Malicious embedded links
    • Spam

Use Case

The LOPD deployed a SonicWall Email Security appliance. “We chose SonicWall Email Security because of its reliability and that it’s easy to manage,” says Martinez.

SonicWall Email Security appliances provide multi-layered protection from inbound and outbound email threats and compliance violations by scanning all inbound and outbound email content, URLs and attachments for sensitive data, delivering real-time protection.

“We added SonicWall Email Security to our LDAP and Exchange,” says Martinez. The solution leverages multiple, patented SonicWall threat detection techniques and a unique, worldwide attack identification and monitoring network.

Results

“It’s now easier to manage any issues that arise,” reports Martinez. “I most like the real-time updates and security.”

Martinez adds that the following features of the solution have helped achieve these benefits:

• Anti-phishing
• Anti-virus/anti-spyware
• Advanced Threat Prevention
• Robust management and reporting
• Multi-tenancy support

SonicWall Email Security Case Study

Monroe Township Police Department

Introduction

This case study of the Monroe Township Police Department is based on a survey of SonicWall Email Security customers by TechValidate, a third-party research service. The Department is an innovative agency dedicated to the safety and protection of the citizens of Monroe Township, New Jersey. It features an Administrative Division, Detective Bureau, Identification Bureau, S.W.A.T. team, Patrol Division, Traffic Safety Unit, Bike Patrol, Juvenile/Youth Services Bureau, Domestic Violence Unit, and a Senior Citizen Crime Prevention Officer. The Chief of Police is responsible for the efficiency and routine day-to-day operations.

“SonicWall Email Security is reliable and has great tech support.”
—Amy Antelis, Network Administrator

Challenges

Antelis reports that the Department had previously been challenged by spam and email fraud and business email compromise (BEC), as well as email containing malware, ransomware, zero-day attacks and malicious embedded links.

Use Case

“We use SonicWall Email Security to scan all email coming in,” says Antelis.

SonicWall Email Security appliances provide multi-layered protection from inbound and outbound email threats and compliance violations by scanning all inbound and outbound email content, URLs and attachments for sensitive data, delivering real-time protection.

Results

“We have stopped spam attacks with SonicWall Email Security,” reports Antelis. “I especially appreciate the security of knowing that all emails are scanned.”

The solution leverages multiple, patented SonicWall threat detection techniques and a unique, worldwide attack identification and monitoring network.

Antelis adds that the following features of the solution have helped achieve these benefits:

• Anti-phishing
• Anti-virus/anti-spyware
• Advanced Threat Prevention
• Compliance Policy Management
• Email Encryption

SonicWall SMA Case Study

Borough of Kutztown

Introduction

This case study of the Borough of Kutztown is based on a survey of SonicWall Secure Mobile Access (SMA) solution customers by TechValidate, a third-party research service. The Borough is in Berks County, Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, its population was 5,012.

“We currently only use SonicWall SMA for remote access. All Kutztown management have a borough-issued laptop or smartphone that has the SonicWall NetExtender application installed for secure, encrypted VPN access.”
— David Horvath, IT Director

Challenges

Horvath reports that SMA delivers the end-to-end security features the borough needs, in particular:

  • Client/Clientless and Tunnel/Web SSL VPN
  • Device VPN and Always-ON VPN
  • Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
  • Role-Based Access Control
  • Advanced Endpoint Control
  • Integration with SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Sandbox

“I have been using SonicWall for many years now,” says Horvath. “The improvements SonicWall has made to their products have been all positive. They meet the cybersecurity demands that we face today.”

Use Case

As a unified secure access gateway, SMA enables state and local governments to provide anytime, anywhere and any device access to mission critical corporate resources.

“I’ve had the SMA appliance installed for several years,” says Horvath. “Many employees already had remote access to the internal LAN. So, with the recent pandemic, those who could work from home did, since the SonicWall infrastructure was in place.”

SMA’s granular access control policy engine, context aware device authorization, application level VPN and advanced authentication with single sign-on helps Horvath enable the borough to embrace BYOD and mobility.

Results

“SMA helped us rapidly secure connections with an expanded at-home workforce,” says Horvath.

Horvath states that SMA has helped the borough simplify access control and gain single-pane-of-glass visibility into remote traffic.

He found it has improved end-user productivity and helped the borough meet regulatory compliance standards.

Horvath also appreciates SonicWall’s outstanding support and customer service.

SonicWall SMA Case Study

Gold Point Lodging & Realty

Introduction

This case study of Gold Point Lodging & Realty is based on a survey of SonicWall Secure Mobile Access (SMA) solution customers by TechValidate, a third-party research service. Gold Point Lodging & Realty owns and operates resort accommodations in Breckenridge, Colorado. The company has been in operation for 37 years. It employs its headquarters and 193 total employees across all locations.

“SonicWall SMA allowed to us quickly expand our VPN footprint by a factor of 10. With built in end-point checks for anti-virus and other options, we feel very secure in allowing our workforce to work from home with their own devices.”
—Brian Binge, IT Vice President

Challenges

The medium-enterprise real estate company needed a solution for connecting and securing work-from-home employees.

Bing chose a SonicWall SMA appliance, citing its multifactor authentication (MFA), advanced endpoint control and private cloud support as important selection criteria.

Use Case

“We use the SonicWall NetExtender client to offer work from home to all of our employees in order to securely connect them to internal resources,” says Binge.

SMA offers granular access control policy engine, context aware device authorization, application-level VPN and advanced authentication with single sign-on to help organizations embrace BYOD and mobility.

“SonicWall SMA is easy to deploy,” adds Binge.

Results

Binge reports that SMA meets or exceeds his performance and security expectations.

He adds that SMA improved protection of critical information and helped the company

SonicWall SMA Case Study

Bashas’ Inc.

Introduction

This case study of Bashas’ is based on a survey of SonicWall Secure Mobile Access (SMA) solution customers by TechValidate, a third-party research service. Bashas’ is a family-owned grocery chain, originally founded in 1932. With more than 100 stores in Arizona, it is one of the state’s largest employers. Its distribution center includes over 16 acres of under-roof space, as well as a full mechanic shop.

“SonicWall SMA let us easily support our work-from-home employees.”
— Lou Labenskyj, Chief Security Officer

Challenges

The CSO reports that identity-based secure access was the challenge the most influenced the company’s decision to evaluate secure mobile access solutions.

The enterprise retailer had tried Cisco and Barracuda before ultimately selecting SonicWall SMA.

“SMA provided the best security value,” says Labenskyj.

Other features that were important for the company in selecting SonicWall SMA included:

  • Client/Clientless and Tunnel/Web SSL VPN
  • Device VPN and Always-ON VPN
  • Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
  • Role-Based Access Control

Use Case

“We use SonicWall SMA to provide secure access to our vendors and employees,” says Labenskyj.

SMA’s granular access control policy engine, context aware device authorization, application level VPN and advanced authentication with single sign-on allows Bashas’ to safely embrace BYOD and mobility.

“Its ease of setup and use is paramount,” Labenskyj adds.

As a unified secure access gateway, SMA enables Bashas’ to provide anytime, anywhere and any-device access to mission-critical business resources.

Results

“SMA is easy to use and provides the right security with the WAF option,” states Labenskyj.

The CSO reports that SMA is meeting or exceeding expectations for Bashas’. Since deploying SMA, the company has seen productivity improve by over 70%.

Labenskyj cites the following SMA benefits in helping achieve this success:

  • Improved the efficiency of managing a globally distributed secure access infrastructure
  • Simplified access control and gained single-pane-of-glass visibility
  • Improved end-user productivity
  • Lowered total cost of ownership (TCO)

SonicWall NSa 2700 Firewall Case Study

Cavagna Group

Introduction

This case study of a SonicWall NSa 2700 firewall is based on a survey of Cavagno Group by TechValidate, an independent third-party research service. The Cavagna Group is a world leading manufacturer of equipment and components for controlling gases (energy gases, alternative fuel gases, medical gases, industrial gases, and specialty and cryogenic gases). Founded in 1949 with headquarters in Northern Italy, the group consists of eight vertically integrated production companies in Italy and others spread across five continents. The Cavagna Group now sells in more than 145 countries worldwide through a distribution network consisting of fifteen fully owned additional distribution companies.

“The NSa 2700 has very useful new features. The new console is immediate and intuitive.”
—Cristiano Papa, Chief Information Officer

Challenges

The medium-enterprise industrial manufacturing company sought to consolidate security and networking features in a single solution, as well as optimize network security performance.

Papa had previously tried Sophos and WatchGuard before ultimately selecting the SonicWall NSa 2700 solution. “I chose SonicWall because I know their products and their functionality, and that they are constantly upgraded.”

Gen 7 NSa firewalls offer medium- to large-sized enterprises industry-leading performance at the lowest total cost of ownership in their class.

Use Case

The company has deployed the NSa 2700 solution in a distributed enterprise environment. Featuring a high port density including multiple 1 GbE and 10 GbE ports, the solution supports network and hardware redundancy with high availability, clustering and dual power supplies.

“We used Network Security Manager (NSM) to define a template of our security policy and deploy it across other firewalls,” says Papa.

Results

“The NSa 2700 is complete and very simple to configure,” reports Papa. “The greatest benefit has been more speed to manage the packet inspection and filtering.”

Papa says that the company has benefited from several of the solutions features, including:

  • Capture ATP Advanced Threat Protection
  • Gateway AV, IPS and Application Control

SonicWall Email Security Case Study

Hawaii Western Management Group

Introduction

This case study of Hawaii Western Management Group is based on a survey of SonicWall Hosted Email Security (HES) customers by TechValidate, a third-party research service. As one of Hawaii’s largest health insurance management service companies, Hawaii Western Management Group utilizes its infrastructure, technology, expertise, and accredited PPO provider network to administer both fully insured and self-funded health plans for a wide range of organizations. The company also has operations in Oregon.

“SonicWall Hosted Email Security does an excellent job of filtering unwanted email and has a good filter rule system for managing whitelists and blacklists.”
—William Chen, IT Director

Challenges

The medium enterprise healthcare company had previously been challenged by phishing and spam, email fraud, data loss prevention (DLP) and business email compromise (BEC), as well as email containing malware, ransomware zero-day attacks and malicious embedded links.

Use Case

“We have on-premise Exchange and use SonicWall HES as our hosted email security,” says Chen. “We have a disaster recovery co-location facility and, until we moved to Hosted Email Security, we could not test email as part of our DR exercise. We now can demonstrate that ability.”

Chen had previously tried Barracuda, Zix and Sophos offerings before ultimately selecting the SonicWall Hosted Email Security solution.

“We liked SonicWall’s offering,” reports Chen. “For our customers, the secure mail portal was a requirement. For our company and IT team, we wanted a tool that could effectively reduce our risk of exposure to email-borne threats.”

“We have a strong user education program, but email attackers are still a step ahead,” says Chen. “We like the fact that we can easily create filters to block zero-day email threats both incoming and outgoing.”

Results

Chen has been pleased with the results. “We’ve seen a significant reduction in unwanted email, Improved messaging security between partner and vendor organizations. We’ve also seen Increased awareness among our employees regarding email risk (we use auto-reply notifications for email violations).”

“I especially like the ease of use combined with the strong features. My team would like email security to be a ‘set and forget’ type of tool that doesn’t require daily monitoring and tweaking. We feel SonicWall HES does this well.”

Chen says that the company has benefited from several of the solutions features, including:

  • Anti-phishing
  • Anti-virus/anti-spyware
  • Advanced Threat Prevention
  • Compliance Policy Management
  • Email Encryption
  • Robust management and reporting

SonicWall Email Security Case Study

Rapides Parish Library

Introduction

This case study of Rapides Parish Library is based on a survey of SonicWall Email Security customers by TechValidate, a third-party research service. The Rapides Parish Library is a medium-size public library, serving Rapides Parish (county) located in central Louisiana. The library consists of a Main Library, 5 urban branches, 4 rural branches, a bookmobile, a van service to the homebound and a van service to child development centers.

“After we installed SonicWall Email Security, we had a tremendous drop in spam and phishing emails.”
—Bill Huffman, System Administrator

Challenges

The library had previously been challenged by phishing and spam, email fraud and business email compromise (BEC), as well as email containing malware, ransomware and malicious embedded links.

Use Case

“We had a SonicWall firewall and got a trial Email Security Appliance before buying."

SonicWall Email Security Appliances offer multi-layered on-premises solution that protects against advanced email threats. The solution leverages multiple, patented SonicWall threat detection techniques and a unique, worldwide attack identification and monitoring network.

“We were very happy with the results received during the trial.”

Results

“We deployed it with our SonicWall firewall,” reports Huffman.

“I most liked the fact that it works with very little down time. The anti-phishing has been especially helpful.”

SonicWall TZ270/370/470 Firewall Case Study

Contigo Technology

Introduction

This case study of a SonicWall TZ270/370/470 firewall is based on a survey of Contigo Technology LLC by TechValidate, an independent third-party research service. Contigo Technology is a strategic technology partner dedicated to planning, securing and supporting the IT needs of companies in Austin, Texas.

“The Gen 7 TZ firewalls have big capabilities for such a small footprint. SonicWall offers better security service bundles and better support.”
—Chris Quick, Senior Systems Analyst

Challenges

Quick had evaluated Meraki and Fortinet products before selecting the SonicWall TZ solution.

The company sought to optimize network security performance while lowering total cost of ownership. In addition, it wanted to consolidate security and networking features in a single solution, provide greater scalability for network security and enhance support and customer service.

Use Case

The small business computer services company has deployed the TZ firewalls for its customers.

“We use them as a perimeter network security and remote access device,” says Quick.

Gen 7 SonicWall TZ firewalls are the first desktop form factor next-generation firewalls (NGFW) with 10 or 5 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Designed for small, mid-sized organizations and distributed enterprise with SD-Branch locations, they combine industry-validated security effectiveness with best-in-class price-performance.

Results

Quick is impressed with the new Gen 7 TZ Series. “The speed and functionality of the new firewalls per price point is much better than it used to be.”

“The greatest benefit is having all the necessary security services while maintaining fast internet speeds,” reports Quick.

He adds that the company has benefited from several TZ features, including:

  • Gateway AV, IPS and Application Control
  • Content Filtering
  • Robust management interface

SonicWall TZ270/370/470 Firewall Case Study

WILLCOR

Introduction

This case study of a SonicWall TZ270/370/470 firewall is based on a survey of WILLCOR by TechValidate, an independent third-party research service. WILLCOR provides specialized technical support to government and industry program managers with an emphasis on maximizing decision space intended to result in positive outcomes. Established in 2002 with main facilities in College Park, Maryland, the company specializes in program management, acquisition, specialty engineering and risk management support services.

“I like the technology implemented in the Gen 7 TZ firewalls. They are feature rich at a fair price, and SonicWall offers great tech support. They give me peace of mind.”
— Stan Horvat, Network Administrator

Challenges

The company had evaluated Cisco products before selecting the SonicWall TZ solution. It sought to better consolidate security and networking features in a single solution, as well as lower total cost of ownership, optimize network security performance, and enhance support and customer service.

Horvat reports he chose SonicWall for its support, price, security and reliability.

“SonicWall has great technical support,” he says.

Use Case

The company has the TZ deployed in a single-site environment.

“We use them for our office network firewall,” says Horvat.

Gen 7 SonicWall TZ firewalls are the first desktop form factor next-generation firewalls (NGFW) with 10 or 5 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Designed for small, mid-sized organizations and distributed enterprise with SD-Branch locations, they combine industry-validated security effectiveness with best-in-class price-performance.

Results

“The Gen 7 TZ firewalls give me peace of mind,” says Horvat.

He reports that the company has benefited from several TZ features, including:

  • Capture ATP Advanced Threat Protection
  • TLS/SSL/SSH Decryption and Inspection (DPI-SSL)
  • Integrated VPN

SonicWall TZ270/370/470 Firewall Case Study

Riggs Distributing, Inc.

Introduction

This case study of a SonicWall TZ270/370/470 firewall is based on a survey of Riggs Distributing by TechValidate, an independent third-party research service. Riggs Distributing, Inc. is an independent distributor of Sub-Zero Refrigeration, Wolf Cooking, and ASKO cleaning appliances located in Burlingame, California. Since 1983, it has provided luxury appliances to builders, developers, architects, designers, and authorized appliance and kitchen dealers throughout Northern California, Western Nevada, and Hawaii.

“Gen 7 TZ firewalls do the job well. They give us greater security and a single platform of management with NSM.”
—Michael Swartz, Network Administrator

Challenges

The medium-enterprise wholesale distribution company had evaluated Cisco products before selecting the SonicWall TZ solution. It sought to better consolidate security and networking features in a single solution, as well as optimize network security performance.

“We already have SonicWall routers and we have a relationship with Dell,” said Swartz. “So, it made sense to leverage that relationship and just upgrade the units we have so that they could all be managed by SonicWall NSM (Network Security Manager) to give us greater visibility and management capabilities.”

Use Case

The company network uses a distributed enterprise SD-Branch configuration.

“We have a main office and three warehouses,” explains Swartz. “We use SonicWall as a firewall router at each site and connect all the warehouses to the main office in a spoke and hub scenario.”

Gen 7 SonicWall TZ firewalls are the first desktop form factor next-generation firewalls (NGFW) with 10 or 5 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Designed for small, mid-sized organizations and distributed enterprise with SD-Branch locations, they combine industry-validated security effectiveness with best-in-class price-performance.

Results

“I really like the NSM management platform,” adds Swartz. He reports that the company has benefited from several TZ features, including:

  • Capture ATP Advanced Threat Protection
  • Gateway AV, IPS and Application Control
  • TLS/SSL/SSH Decryption and Inspection (DPI-SSL)
  • Integrated VPN
  • Zero-touch deployment

SonicWall NSa Solutions Case Study

Catholic University of El Salvador

Introduction

This case study of a SonicWall NSa next-generation firewall deployment at the Catholic University of El Salvador (Universidad Católica de El Salvador, or UNICAES) is based on a survey by TechValidate, an independent third-party research service. UNICAES is a private coeducational higher-education institution, offering degrees in several areas of study. The university’s main headquarters and administrative offices are in the city of Santa Ana, with a multidisciplinary facility in Ilobasco. It also has a library and other academic and non-academic facilities.

“SonicWall has helped us monitor and protect our campus network and keep it stable."
—Wilfredo Bolanos, Network Administrator

Challenges

The university needed a firewall solution for a single-campus environment.

Looking to lower total cost of ownership with an effective next-generation firewall solution at a reasonable price, the university selected the SonicWall NSa Series.

Use Case

“SonicWall gave us the security we needed at an affordable cost,” reports Bolanos.

The NSa Series is designed for mid-sized networks of 250 users or more. With cloud-based and on-box capabilities like TLS/SSL decryption and inspection, application intelligence and control, secure SD-WAN, real-time visualization, and WLAN management, SonicWall provides flexible, fast and cost-effective security.

Results

“The NSa helps us enforce security rules, filter web content and connect remotely and securely over VPN," says Bolanos. "Plus, I like the graphic interface.”

Bolanos states he is very satisfied with the NSa solution.

“SonicWall firewalls are a good security solution for our university."

SonicWall NSM Case Study

MB Computer Consulting

Introduction

This case study of a SonicWall Network Security Manager (NSM) deployment at MB Computer Consulting is based on a survey by TechValidate, an independent third-party research service. Founded in 1999, Eastern Virginia-based MB Computer Consulting LLC offers small business a cost-effective technology platform, services and support.

“NSM helps us monitor traffic to our customer. The remote software is easy to use and understand,”
—Michael Britt, Consultant

Challenges

The computer services company sought to simplify management for single-site protection.

“We manage small businesses and consumers,” says Britt.

“These devices were setup for one small business who must have best protection from intrusion.”

Use Case

MB Computer Consulting implemented SonicWall Network Security Manager for single-site on-prem firewall deployment and management.

With NSM, Britt can deploy consistent security policies across multiple locations and tenants, using flexible controls from a single user-friendly console.

Results

Britt reports that he is extremely satisfied with the NSM solution.

He finds NSM’s ease of use and management capability especially beneficial.

“All of our dealings with SonicWall — from sales to service — have been excellent and timely.”

SonicWall NSM Case Study

Qatar Plastic Products Co. W.L.L

Introduction

This case study of a SonicWall Network Security Manager (NSM) deployment Qatar Plastic Products Co. W.L.L is based on a survey by TechValidate, an independent third-party research service. Qatar Plastic Products one of the biggest downstream companies in Qatar developing and manufacturing flexible packaging using polyethylene resins. Around 90% of its production is sold to the local market while the balance is marketed in the other Gulf countries and in Europe.

“NSM is such a great tool, especially for IT professionals like me who are managing firewalls remotely. It provides me with seamless management and a real-time bird’s eye view across my network.”
—Ferdinand Guarin, Chief Information Officer

Challenges

The industrial manufacturing business wanted to facilitate growth with an easy way to simplify management and onboard firewalls anywhere, remotely and securely, and eliminate firewall management silos.

Concurrently, the business sought to increase visibility to find risks and security gaps, perform thorough security audits and enforce security rules.

Use Case

“We deployed NSM for on-prem device management in an SD-Branch environment,” says Ferdinand Guarin, Chief Information Officer

“Normally, I manage my firewalls remotely,” he says. “NSM will help me for future expansion.”

Results

Guarin states he is extremely satisfied with NSM, particularly with its reporting features.

NSM helps Guarin centrally manage all firewall operations error-free by adhering to auditable workflows, providing full audit trails of every configuration change and granular reporting.

“I really appreciate NSMs real-time status reporting, ease of use and manageability," he adds. "As an IT professional, we prefer such all-in-one tools with regards to managing firewalls. I’m an avid fan of SonicWall and NSM.”

SonicWall NSM Case Study

CFBank

Introduction

This case study of a SonicWall Network Security Manager (NSM) deployment at CFBank is based on a survey by TechValidate, an independent third-party research service. Founded in 1892, CFBank is a high-touch concierge commercial bank, offering sophisticated banking solutions across Ohio, with offices in Columbus, Cleveland, Akron and Cincinnati.

“The visibility of all SonicWall products is amazing.”
—Joe Campbell, System Administrator

Challenges

CFBank needed to support multiple firewalls in distributed branches.

“We had to login to each firewall remotely to manage them individually,” says Campbell. “We needed a product to streamline the process.”

Use Case

The bank implemented SonicWall Network Security Manager for single-site on-prem firewall deployment and management.

Network Security Manager allows the bank to scale according to its business and security needs. From a single console, Campbell can orchestrate all firewall operations, see hidden risks, discover misconfigured policies and make compliance easier with a full audit trail.

Results

Campbell states that he is extremely satisfied with the NSM solution.

“With NSM, we can manage the firewalls centrally instead of one at a time.”

He found that NSM was easy to use and helped the bank protect against threats.

With NSM, the bank can easily onboard firewalls remotely, and triage and respond to issues more quickly.

“NSM has simplified management and increased visibility,” says Campbell.

SonicWall NSM Case Study

Waycool Foods And Products

Introduction

This case study of a SonicWall Network Security Manager (NSM) deployment at Waycool Foods And Products Pvt Ltd is based on a survey by TechValidate, an independent third-party research service. Founded in 2015, WayCool is one of India’s fastest growing agri-tech companies. The medium-enterprise food development and distribution services business maintains end-to-end control over the food value chain. It has operations across product sourcing, food processing, branding and marketing, last mile distribution, and farm inputs.

“With NSM, our firewalls can be centrally managed to provision all of the network security services with a single-pane-of-glass experience.”
— Sreeram Devbattini, Consultant

Challenges

The company sought a solution to help simplify management of firewall security across their distributed branch network.

“We needed to be able to manage virtual SonicWall firewalls for multiple tenants in an SD-Branch environment,” explained Sreeram Devbattini, Consultant at WayCool.

To this end, they needed to be able to remotely onboard firewalls easily from anywhere.

Use Case

To accomplish this, the company deployed SonicWall NSM. NSM allows the company to centrally manage all firewall operations error-free by adhering to auditable workflows.

Single-pane visibility lets them monitor and uncover threats by unifying logs across all firewalls.

Results

Devbattini is very satisfied with the NSM solution. “We were able to roll out our sanctioned security polices using a controlled, auditable process,” he reports.

The solution also helps the company discover risks and security gaps, and both audit and enforce security rules.

“NSM gives us the confidence to know our polices are pushed out at the right time.”

SonicWall NSa firewall Case Study

Northumberland Public Library

Introduction

This case study of SonicWall NSa firewall deployment at Northumberland Public Library is based on a survey by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The library serves the community of Northumberland County, Virginia, providing free access to multi-media information and library materials, as well as instructional, educational, and cultural opportunities.

“The NSa provides the best security value, and beat the competition in security effectiveness.”
—Cherie Carl, IT Specialist

Challenges

The library’s IT Specialist, Cherie Carl, sought to optimize network security performance. She had evaluated Cisco Meraki before selecting the SonicWall NSa Series next-generation firewall.

Use Case

“We use the firewall for all Internet traffic in our library,” says Carl.

Utilizing innovative deep learning technologies in the SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform, the NSa series delivers the automated real-time breach detection and prevention organizations need.

Results

The library is extremely satisfied with the SonicWall NSa solution.

“The SonicWall NSa series delivers secure Internet for our library. Plus, SonicWall provides very helpful support” says Carl. “It’s easy to deploy and manage, and includes the networking features I need."

Since implementing the NSa, the library has improved data protection of critical information, while improving overall system uptime.

SonicWall NSa firewall Case Study

Ceiba Public Schools

Introduction

This case study of Ceiba Public Schools is based on a December 2020 survey of SonicWall NSa firewall customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“SonicWall was able to help me select a device that our small public school could afford that met our needs. For the price, I don’t think you will find a more feature-rich and workable solution.”
—Mike Rich, Director, Digital Learning

Challenges

Ceiba Public Schools fosters exceptional, sustainable public charter schools that close the college completion gap on California’s central coast, preparing low-income students in non-urban communities for college.

“Our old firewall failed,” says Rich. “We were limping along on an old server running IPFire. We had to find a stable solution fast that was affordable on a small school budget.”

Rich sought to lower the total cost of ownership for the school’s network security, while still ensuring quality service and support.

Use Case

“Our firewall sits between our fiber connection and our network, providing the bulk of our attack prevention and filtering,” reports Rich. “We’re also using it to provide DHCP service to our WiFi network. We are completely serverless.”

With the assistance of his service provider, Virtual Graffiti, Inc., Rich evaluated Cisco Meraki and Barracuda before selecting a SonicWall NSa series next-generation firewall solution.

“The NSa beat the competition in security effectiveness, and provided the best security value for all the networking features I need.”

Results

“SonicWall NSa firewalls are reasonably priced with great feature sets, and are easy to set up,” says Rich. “I’m extremely satisfied.”

He reports that since deploying his SonicWall NSa solution, the organization has reduced total cost of ownership and IT infrastructure costs. He also states it has improved data protection of critical information and helped meet regulatory compliance standards, all while enhancing overall system uptime.

SonicWall NSa firewall Case Study

Delano Union Elementary School District

Introduction

This case study of Delano Union Elementary School District is based on a December 2020 survey of SonicWall NSa firewall customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“The SonicWall NSa is a solid product with great support. It performs as expected, configurations are straightforward, and logging and reporting are easy to access.”
— Jahad Suboh, IT Director

Challenges

The district wanted to optimize network security performance and scalability, while keeping cost of ownership low. At the same time, it sought to enhance levels of user satisfaction and support.

Suboh evaluated Cisco Meraki and Sophos before selecting the SonicWall NSa series firewall solution.

Use Case

Suboh supports 12 elementary schools in Kern County, California. He has deployed the NSa firewall to deliver secure VPN access for remote users.

The NSa series provides the district with advanced threat prevention in a high-performance security platform.

Results

Suboh is very satisfied with his SonicWall solution. Since deploying the NSa series firewall, Suboh has seen improved data protection of critical information. In addition, he reports improved overall system uptime and faster performance.

Suboh believes that SonicWall Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI), Deep Packet Inspection of Encrypted Traffic (DPI-SSL) and integrated VPN have helped the district achieve these benefits.

“It’s easy to deploy and manage, and includes the networking features I need.”

SonicWall NSa firewall Case Study

Whiteside School District #115

Introduction

This case study of Whiteside School District #115 is based on a December 2020 survey of SonicWall NSa firewall customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“The SonicWall NSa Series has been a solid and good product for us. It just works, and includes the networking features I need.”
—Justin Ballou, Director of Technology

Challenges

The district had evaluated Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks solutions before ultimately selecting the SonicWall NSa series. They found low cost of ownership a determining factor in their decision. Ballou agrees that it provides the best security value.

Use Case

In evaluating the SonicWall NSa next-generation firewall, the district sought to lower its total cost of ownership.

At the same time, Ballou wanted to consolidate security and networking features into a single solution.

“We just did a forklift change of our old to our new SonicWall,” says Ballou.

Results

Ballou is very satisfied with the district’s NSa Series firewall. Since implementing their NSa solution, the district has seen improved overall system uptime and faster performance.

He states that SonicWall Deep Packet Inspection of Encrypted Traffic (DPI-SSL) has helped the district achieve these benefits.

Utilizing innovative deep learning technologies in the SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform, the NSa series delivers the automated real-time breach detection and prevention the school district needs.

SonicWall NSv firewall Case Study

OneSource Technology

Introduction

This case study of OneSource Technology is based on a November 2020 survey of SonicWall NSv firewall customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“SonicWall NSv gave us a Hyper-V solution with a UI that we’re familiar with, that is also consistent with the rest of our stack. Unified policy on SonicOSX is very intuitive and eases operations.”

- Paul Bush, Founder & Principal Consultant, OneSource Technology

Challenges

OneSource Technology is an IT support company serving accounting firms, healthcare organizations and law firms in South Central Kansas and North Central Oklahoma.

The challenges that most influenced the company to deploy SonicWall NSv solution included:

  • Enforcing a uniform advanced security platform across distributed sites
  • Consolidating security and networking features in a single solution

The computer services company had also considered Untangled firewalls before ultimately selecting a SonicWall NSv solution.

Use Case

“We use our NSv virtual firewall at our data center in front of virtual servers we host for our clients,” says Bush.

The SonicWall NSv Series virtual firewall delivers all 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 key public/private cloud features that addressed their challenges included:

  • A Unified Policy on SonicOSX
  • Support across private cloud private cloud (ESXi, Hyper-V, KVM, Nutanix) and/or public cloud (AWS, Azure) platforms

Virtual machine protection benefits included virtual network resilience and availability.

Results

Bush is very satisfied with the NSv firewall solution. He agrees that it was easy to deploy and is easy to manage. By deploying NSv, the company has:

  • Improved the efficiency of business processes
  • Improved protection of critical information
  • Lowered total cost of ownership

NSv delivers full-featured security tools to shield all critical components of private/public cloud environments from resource misuse attacks, cross-virtual-machine attacks, side-channel attacks and common network-based exploits and threats. With infrastructure support for reliable distributed clustering and scaling, the SonicWall NSv Series ensures system resiliency, operational uptime, service delivery and availability, and conformance to regulatory requirements.

SonicWall Capture Client 3.5 Case Study

Epicor Software

Introduction

This case study of Epicor Software is based on a November 2020 survey of SonicWall Capture Client 3.5 customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“The improvements made to the Capture Client 3.5 management console allow me to effectively configure, install and manage our deployment across 5,000 sites and 60,000 end points. There are a number of improvements both functional and cosmetic that deliver a more friendly experience. It streamlines my onboarding process and better overall visibility into what is happening at my customer sites.”
- Anthony Kingma, Senior IT Manager, Epicor Software

Challenges

Kingma says the following features helped overcome his challenges:

  • Global Dashboard increases visibility of his tenants
  • Global policies and Inheritance allow him to onboard customers with standard policies
  • Tenant Dashboard gives him better insight into each tenant
  • Agrees that Capture Client 3.5’s user interface helps them save time on key workflows.

Use Case

Kingma reports, “Being able to copy or inherit policy when provisioning new tenants was critical to my ability to successfully roll this product out within my customer base.”

Results

Epicor reports benefits they received as a result of the new features included:

  • Able to better identify which tenants have issues
  • New tenant onboarding was much easier
  • Easier modification of customized policies
  • Better visibility into threats, devices, and licenses

“The Capture Client 3.5 user experience helps me save time on key workflows,” says Kingma.

SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access Case Study

Chalkline Solutions

Introduction

This case study of Chalkline Solutions is based on an October 2020 survey of SonicWall customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“Cloud Edge has been very impressive so far and all functions have worked reliably and provided good performance. We’ve worked with SonicWall firewalls for the best part of a decade, and have found them to work consistently and been a key component of a client’s on-premise network boundary.

We are really excited to work with Cloud Edge as it helps extend that same secure, reliable boundary to our clients’ home environments without the hardware or significant cost requirement.”

-Harry Boyne, Technical Director

Challenges

The business challenges that led the managed service provider organization to evaluate SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access included:

  • Needing Cloud-native Zero-Trust Security
  • Connecting distributed multi-regional offices
  • Providing secure access to resources hosted on-prem and in cloud
  • Empowering remote workforce, employees with BYODs and work-from-anywhere culture
  • Concerns about the increasing compliance regulations for information security
  • Their lean IT department needs an all-in-one solution (Fast WireGuard tunnel, protection against volumetric DDoS/ Slowloris/ SYN flood/ Wi-Fi hijacking, traffic load balancing, SIEM and modern IdP integrations)

Use Case

Chalkline Solutions deployed the beta Cloud Edge Secure Access service on a single network in a production environment. The company also has SonicWall next-generation firewalls deployed in their network.

Boyne used the Cloud Edge Secure Access desktop app over Windows. “It worked seamlessly,” he reports. He agreed configuring the new UI is easier.

They deliver Active Directory and file server and web applications via Cloud Edge Secure Access. “For our initial beta, we used Cloud Edge Secure Access as a remote workforce solution,” says Boyne.

Results

Compared with traditional AWS- or Azure-hosted VPNs or on-prem VPN hardware, Boyne reports that Cloud Edge Secure Access delivered:

  • Better security to protect high-value assets
  • Faster performance
  • Faster deployment of new offices, and easier to scale
  • Easier and faster onboarding of new users
  • Easy to use solution especially the management portal

Features that the company found most beneficial include:

  • Instant secure access to any sites and resources on hybrid-clouds
  • Zero-Trust policies by networks, applications, user and device profiles
  • Ability to scale from 100 to thousands of users
  • No usage and bandwidth limit
  • Modern SSO and MFA integration
  • Multi-tenancy for MSSPs

SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access Case Study

Security and Networking Solution Integrator

Introduction

This case study of a security and networking solution integrator is based on an October 2020 survey of SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“It worked out of the box. Compared with traditional AWS- or Azure-hosted VPNs or on-prem VPN hardware, Cloud Edge Secure Access delivers better security to protect high-value assets and has faster performance.

We loved the mac OS app and management portal interface. They worked seamlessly. It was easier to onboard, manage, and scale.”

Challenges

The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access:

  • Need Cloud-native Zero-Trust Security
  • Concerns about over-privileged users (Least-Privileged Access default preferred)
  • Need to avoid delays in onboarding new office sites or remote users
  • Need to empower the remote workforce, employees with BYODs and work-from-anywhere culture
  • Need to comply with info-sec regulations that mandate data must remain at rest and cannot be moved or captured locally
  • Operates a lean IT department that needs an all-in-one solution (Fast WireGuard tunnel, protection against volumetric DDoS/ Slowloris/ SYN flood/ Wi-Fi hijacking, traffic load balancing, SIEM and modern IdP integrations)

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access that the surveyed company uses:

  • Running the Cloud Edge Secure Access service in a lab environment.
  • Uses SonicEdge APP agent for macOS.
  • Delivers the following apps with the Cloud Edge Secure Access:
    • Remote desktop apps
    • Web apps
    • SSH or VNC-based apps

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access:

  • Agrees that the management portal interface worked seamlessly (“absolutely loved the new UI”).
  • Agrees that the SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access mobile and desktop apps worked seamlessly.
  • Agrees that cloud-native Secure Remote Access (creating rules, objects, and policies) is easier compared to traditional enterprise-class VPN.
  • Cloud Edge Secure Access compared with traditional AWS or Azure-hosted VPNs or on-prem VPN hardware:
    • Better security to protect high-value assets
    • Easier to separate employees from external users
    • Faster performance
    • Faster deployment
    • Greater stability
    • Easier and faster onboarding of new offices and new users
    • Easier management
    • Easier ability to scale
    • Better ease of use
  • Most beneficial features of Cloud Edge Secure Access:
    • Ability to secure distributed enterprises and remote workforce
    • Instant secure access to any sites and resources on hybrid-clouds
    • Zero-Trust policies by networks, applications, user and device profiles
    • Built-in micro-segmentation to prevent unauthorized lateral movements
    • Ability to scale from 100 to thousands of users
    • Ability to allow IT managers to configure in 15 minutes
    • Ability to allow end-user can deploy in 5 minutes
    • No usage and bandwidth limit
    • Public Wi-Fi security
    • High-performance WireGuard encryption
    • Cloud Identity Provider integration
    • Modern SSO and MFA integration
    • Ability to stop DDoS, Slowloris, SYN floods

SonicWall TZ270/370/470 Case Study

Cosus

Introduction

This case study of Cosus is based on an October 2020 survey of SonicWall TZ270/370/470 customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“The firewall is very secure and easy to admin. It has a really nice web interface and cool needed features like being able to add and change objects directly from the rules.”
- Alexander Bertol, IT Professional

Challenges

The business challenges that led the small-business computer services company to evaluate the new SonicWall firewall included:

  • Enforcing a uniform advanced security platform across distributed sites
  • Easing central management of firewalls across distributed sites
  • Consolidating security and networking features in a single solution
  • Optimizing network security performance

Use Case

Bertol first onboarded the SonicWall TZ270/370/470 Series firewall in a beta environment, deployed alongside SonicWall Capture Client.

He reports that the company loves the new user interface and onboarding the firewall with the SonicExpress mobile app.

“They work seamlessly. The new UI is easier to use.”

Results

Cosus reports that the new SonicWall Gen 7 TZ hardware offers the following enhancements compared to previous Gen 6 hardware:

  • Faster performance
  • Greater stability
  • Easier management

Bertol found the most beneficial features of the TZ270/370/470 Series firewall to the company include:

  • TLS 1.3 support
  • 5G/LTE/4G cellular failover support

He agrees that monitoring the firewall or making changes is easier.

SonicWall TZ270/370/470 Case Study

Total Technology Resources

Introduction

This case study of Total Technology Resources is based on an October 2020 survey of SonicWall TZ270/370/470 customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“I prefer the changes and find it intuitive. SonicWall offers reliable products that are always improving, great support, and reseller value.”
- William Press, Project Manager

Challenges

The business challenges that led the small-business computer software company to evaluate and ultimately select SonicWall included:

  • Easing central management of firewalls across distributed sites
  • Lowering total cost of ownership
  • Consolidating security and networking features in a single solution
  • Optimizing network security performance
  • Providing greater scalability for network security

Use Case

Press first onboarded the SonicWall TZ270/370/470 Series firewall in a lab environment.

He reports that he loves the new user interface and onboarding the firewall with the SonicExpress mobile app.

“They work seamlessly. The new UI is easier to use.”

Results

Total Technology Resources reports that the new SonicWall Gen 7 TZ hardware offers the following enhancements compared to previous Gen 6 hardware:

  • Faster performance
  • Easier onboarding
  • Easier management

Press found the most beneficial features of the TZ270/370/470 Series firewall to the company included:

  • Multi-gig or gigabit interfaces
  • Additional storage
  • 5G/LTE/4G cellular failover support

He agrees that monitoring the firewall or making changes is easier.

SonicWall TZ270/370/470 Case Study

Data-Sec

Introduction

This case study of Data-Sec is based on an October 2020 survey of SonicWall TZ270/370/470 customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“The performance of the new TZ firewall was a tremendous increase, which is necessary for DPI-SSL inspection. It has awesome security features like Capture ATP and unified endpoint integration. And the ‘basic’ functions are working as expected. Great job!”
- Daniel Franz, Senior IT Architect

Challenges

The business challenges that led the large-enterprise security products and services company to evaluate and ultimately select SonicWall included:

  • Enforcing a uniform advanced security platform across distributed sites
  • Easing central management of firewalls across distributed sites
  • Consolidating security and networking features in a single solution
  • Optimizing network security performance
  • Receiving satisfactory support and customer service

Use Case

Data-Sec has deployed the SonicWall TZ270/370/470 Series firewall in its production environment, along with SonicWall Switch, Network Security Manager On-Prem, and Analytics 3.0 solutions.

Franz reports that he loved both the new user interface and using the SonicExpress mobile app to onboard the firewall. “It worked seamlessly.”

Results

Franz states that the new SonicWall Gen 7 hardware provided the following enhancements compared to previous Gen 6 hardware:

  • Faster performance
  • Greater stability
  • Easier onboarding
  • Easier management

He finds that monitoring the firewall or making changes is easier.

The company reports that the most beneficial features of the SonicWall TZ270/370/470 Series firewall have been:

  • Multi-gig or gigabit interfaces
  • Zero-Touch Deployment
  • SD-WAN
  • Additional storage
  • TLS 1.3 support



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