The RSA Conference 2015 wraps up on Friday, but before all those security gurus, vendors, analysts, cybercriminals and cybercops escape, Dell has announced the latest additions to its Secure Mobile Access lineup, formerly known as SonicWALL SMA. The SMA OS 11.2, which adds secure access to more resources using a standard HTML 5 browser, enabling ‘intuitive access’ for most smartphones, tablets and laptop users and reduces reliance on Java and ActiveX components, is now generally available, and the SMA 6200 (supporting up to 2,000 concurrent users) and 7200 (up to 10,000 concurrent users) appliances will be available next month.
Dell says ‘security is a non-negotiable’, but according to RSA (EMC’s security arm) president Amit Yoran, we’re still in the “Dark Ages of Information Security.” Last year was yet another reminder that “we are losing”, he said in this week’s keynote. “The adversaries are out-maneuvering the industry, out-gunning the industry, and winning by every measure.”
Jumping the gun on RSA and the plethora of ‘doom-and-gloom’ cybersecurity reports, surveys and whitepapers that preceded and accompanied it, Dell released its own annual threats report to shed light on emerging security risks. Among the highlights:
-a rise in point-of-sale (POS) malware variants and attacks against payment card infrastructures targeting retail organizations;
-more companies were exposed to attackers hiding in plain sight as a result of SSL/TLS encrypted traffic; and,
-a 100% increase in attacks against industrial control (SCADA) systems.
Dell’s numbers are just the tip of the cybercrime iceberg:
-security compromises increased 64% in 2014;
-54% of breaches remain undiscovered for months;
-60% of data is stolen in hours; and,
-100% of companies connect to domains that host malicious files or services.
Dell isn’t saying it’s fixed cybersecurity, but it is doing what it can to make security easier, more affordable and more scalable, said Matt Dieckman, Product Line Manager, Secure Remote Access Solutions, Dell. He told IT Trends & Analysis that they’ve been seeing the number of devices increase, so the new appliances offer increased capacity, with 6200 jumping from support for 250 users to 2,000 users, and the 7200 has doubled, from 5,000 to now supporting 10,000 concurrent users.
Dieckman said customers don’t want to rely on Java and ActiveX legacy technologies. The new OS, SMA 11.2, adds secure access to more resources using a standard HTML 5 browser, including access to Citrix Xendesktop and Xenapps ICA support.
At RSA Dell also showcased what it called the industry’s first demonstration of a highly-resilient, scalable, “Open Firewall Sandwich” layer 3 architecture (in collaboration with Array Networks and Spirent Communication), a solution which overcomes the challenges posed by the dramatic increase in secure web-based content and applications. It also demonstrated, together with Ixia, a network-based model for scaling a NGFW that enables organizations to scale above 100 Gbps of deep packet inspection (DPI) performance while gaining network simplicity, highest security efficacy and N+1 resiliency.
Dell said this “Firewall Sandwich” architecture will solve an enterprise’s most complex and demanding data center operations, all at a considerably low cost. The Dell SonicWALL Firewall Sandwich architecture is now available.