Dell unveils cloud-based SonicWALL advanced threat protection service

It looks like Dell is ramping up its security practice.

At the RSA Conference on cybersecurity this week, the company known better for its hardware announced an add-on service to its SonicWALL firewall solution.

The cloud offering, called the SonicWALL Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Service, is meant to improve on existing sandboxing methods by analysing files and traffic for threats using three engines.

These engines are the VMRay third-generation Analyzer, Lastline Breach Detection platform and the Dell SonicWALL Sonic Sandbox. According to Dell, combined, they deliver better protection against the growing prevalence of zero-day attacks.

“Newer threats these days are designed to evade sandboxes,” Jane Wasson, senior product marketing manager at Dell Security told CDN. “Most sandboxing technologies are leveraging a single threat analysis capability.”

She explained that in addition to having multiple analysis engines, the solution has hypervisor-level analysis and full-system emulation.  While she didn’t commit to plans for having widespread integration with third-party APIs, she said that the solution would “adapt over time as new advanced detection techniques emerge.”

The solution works by sending suspicious files to the cloud for analysis. Wasson said that Dell’s solution does not impose a file size limit in its analysis, and also goes after Android and iOS environments in addition to legacy Windows.

Once a threat has been detected, Dell is able to send remediation signatures through its existing solutions.

“By providing blocking malware at the gateway, we’ll provide a much more effective protection of the network,” she said.

The Dell SonicWALL Capture ATP Service solution is currently available as a beta and will be available for purchase “by mid-year 2016.”

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