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SonicWall Sweeps Six Industry Awards, Including Grand Trophy, at Network Product Guide 2020 IT World Awards

09/12/2020
by Paul Heritage

On the heels of a banner year, marked by the introduction of the Boundless Cybersecurity model and an unprecedented number of new product launches, SonicWall is pleased to announce it has won six prestigious awards in the 15th annual Network Product Guide’s 2020 IT World Awards event:

  • SonicWall GRAND TROPHY WINNER
  • Enterprise Network Firewalls: GOLD WINNER, NSsp 15700
  • Firewalls: SILVER WINNER, TZ570/TZ670
  • Information Security and Risk Management: BRONZE WINNER, SonicWall Network Security Manager
  • Security Hardware: GOLD WINNER, SonicWall Capture Security appliance 1000
  • Unified or Integrated Security: GOLD WINNER, SonicOSX 7

Based on its demonstration of overall excellence in a range of categories, as well as the quality of its entry submissions and content, SonicWall was awarded the coveted Grand Trophy distinction. This excellence was reflected in the latest SonicWall releases, from SonicOSX7 and the growing lineup of firewalls running it, to improvements in Network Security Manager (NSM) and the introduction of our brand-new Capture Security appliance (CSa) technology.

SonicOSX 7 took home the gold for its revolutionary architecture, which was designed to enable the latest features necessary for modern enterprises. These include Unified Policy, which combines Layer Three through Seven rules into a single rule base for an easier and more intuitive configuration, along with support for a true multi-instance architecture, which allows customers to provide tenants with dedicated resources to enable support for unique configurations and software versions.

The introduction of true multi-instance architecture is essential for our high-end Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) line and helps distinguish it in the enterprise firewall market. This capability, as well as its comparative price/performance, port density and the availability of 100GbE ports are just some of the features that propelled the NSsp 15700 to the top, earning it a Gold award in Enterprise Network Firewalls category.

Our November product launch introduced a full Gen 7 TZ Series refresh — but only the TZ570 and TZ670 were ready to be judged by the submission deadline. With only two models in the line, the Gen 7 TZ line still won a Silver award for Firewalls.

(It’s worth noting that the NSa 2700 NGFW was also part of the November launch, and was released after the window for review. As the natural successor to the NSa 2650 — which was named “Best UTM” in early 2020 by SC Awards Magazine — we expect the NSa 2700 to start winning similar awards in the future.)

To complement our firewalls and help maintain compliance for those who can’t use Capture Advanced Threat Prevention (Capture ATP) for unknown malware detection, we created CSa 1000, which uses the memory-based RTDMI engine and features an improved UI. Network Products Guide was able to review the benefits that the on-premise CSa 1000 brings to compliance-sensitive customers that need advanced threat detection technology, and they proudly awarded it the gold medal for security hardware.

As SonicWall introduced greater and stronger capabilities and a growing number of security options, our customers began requesting a way to improve firewall management across even the largest and most distributed enterprises. The SonicWall NSM 2.0 SaaS was designed to better control, manage and monitor tens of thousands of network security devices — including firewalls, managed switches and secure wireless access points — from anywhere via a simple cloud interface. Network Product Guide recognized SonicWall’s ability to effectively manage this ecosystem by awarding it the Bronze award for Information Security and Risk Management.

If you would like to talk with our team about these solution sets and how they can work together to build a better security ecosystem for you, email our team. In the meantime, if you’d like to see how SonicWall solutions are used in real life, I recommend reading our solution brief, “Securing Smart Cities Over Distributed Networks.”