Dell Security Wows the Crowds at RSA 2015

“Better Security means Better Business.” 

That is Dell’s message at RSA Conference and Dell was at RSA to prove it. We kicked-off the week with sponsor session titled: “Embrace innovation: Security as a business enabler,” six educational breakout sessions and multiple theatre presentations by our Dell Security executives and experts panelists. We also launched the new Dell Secure Mobile Access 6200 and 7200.

One of the most compelling issues addressed at RSA was the ever growing source and types of security threats. I had the chance to meet with press and analysts who were particularly eager to learn more about the 2015 Dell Security Annual Threat Report. According to the Threat Report, Dell’s sensors blocked 4.2 billion malware. The report identifies seven essential methods we recommend to block 2015 threats:

  • Defend the endpoint vigorously with access and device control technologies
  • Replace traditional firewalls with a Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW)
  • Add a capable intrusion prevention system (IPS)
  • Ensure SSL decryption and inspection feature is turned on
  • Use Application Control and Content Filtering features to reduce the attack surface
  • Layer the network defense with email security for secure email exchange
  • Always keep security services active and up-to-date on NGFW and IPS

In addition to threat intelligence, the conference highlighted the importance of a layered network security architecture that incorporates that intelligence to protect the enterprise. We wowed the crowds with Dell’s Massively Scalable Next-Gen Firewall Sandwich, which provides infinite, ultra high-performance deep packet inspection (DPI) and SSL inspection.

We also demoed newly released Dell Secure Mobile Access solution which increases mobile and remote worker productivity, protects data from threats, integrates with industry leading mobile management solutions and provides the most secure end-to-end mobile management and security solution for managed devices.  With the new SMA 11.2 release, the solution adds secure access to more resources using a standard HTML 5 browser, enabling intuitive access for most smartphones, tablets and laptop users. SMA also reduces reliance on troublesome Java and ActiveX components. In addition to existing support for HTML 5 browser access to RDP published applications and desktops, the release adds HTML 5 browser access to Citrix Xendesktop and Xenapps ICA support. The new SMA 6200 and 7200 appliances also offer increased scalability, with the SMA 6200 entry platform supporting up to 2,000 concurrent users, while the new SMA 7200 mid-range platform supports up to 10,000 concurrent users.

Among the Dell Security Solutions in the expo and theatre presentations for defending against today’s cyber attacks were:

  • The Ultimate Conundrum, Security and Data Analytics, John McClurg, VP and CSO, Dell
  • It is all about Scale Now, by Ixia Corporation
  • Survey Says? Have fun, win prizes and learn top Identity and Access Management challenges facing organizations today
  • Dell Endpoint Security Solutions- Securing &Protecting your Data Wherever It Goes
  • Open Firewall L3 Sandwich Demo – Network Security
  • Dell SonicWALL 2015 Annual Threat Report  – Network Security
  • Mobile Security Checklist: Get ahead of the next wave of access and security challenges
  • Dell SecureWorks

This year at RSA was the best I have attended in a decade. The highlight for me was to meet with our dedicated partners and customers who expressed their continued enthusiasm for our innovative network security, secure mobile access and email security solutions. The next-gen firewall is the heart-soul of the security architecture; we have demonstrated by combining Dell Networking switches and firewalls that we are better together. These achievements were recognized with Dell being presented with a plaque recognizing that the Dell SonicWALL SuperMassive E10800 earned a “recommended” rating from NSS Labs for the third time in their next-generation firewall category.

“Dell SonicWALL and the SuperMassive line have received ‘Recommended’ ratings in NSS tests for both NGFW and IPS over the last three years,” says Vikram Phatak, CEO, NSS Labs. “With their consistent performance in real world testing, Dell SonicWALL has proven that they offer compelling solutions that provide both consistently exceptional levels of security effectiveness and that are highly scalable to support the massive data, capacity and connectivity demands of even the largest enterprises.” 

About the Author: Patrick Sweeney