Dell has released a SuperMassive 9800 next-generation firewall aimed at mid-sized firms which it claims offers enterprise-level security against bugs such as Shellshock and Heartbleed.
The SuperMassive 9800 is listed as the most powerful model in the firm's SuperMassive 9000 range, and is designed to offer a variety of services.
These include advanced Deep Packet Inspection with up to 20Gbps speeds, and Dell's patented Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) single-pass threat prevention engine.
RFDPI is a custom technology designed to scan multiple application types and protocols to spot internal and external attacks and application vulnerabilities.
The SuperMassive 9800 is also bundled with Dell's Global Management System (GMS) 8.0.
GMS is a tool designed to manage systems and offer real-time event monitoring, analytics and reporting from a single centralised dashboard. Dell claims that this makes it easier to meet compliance regulations while managing and monitoring network security processes.
Patrick Sweeney, executive director of Dell Security, claimed that the SuperMassive 9800 provides 97.9 percent "security effectiveness" and helps to protect customers from Shellshock and Heartbleed-level vulnerabilities.
"The recent disclosures of the ShellShock and HeartBleed industry-wide vulnerabilities demonstrate that organisations are literally a few well-formed packets away from infrastructure disaster, proving the need for instant and automated security scaled to meet the needs of the network," he said.
"The SuperMassive 9800 provides that level of instant security on a flexible, feature-rich platform."
Shellshock is a bug in the Bash code used by Unix and Unix-like systems discovered in September. Heartbleed is a vulnerability in the openSSL implementation of the transport layer security protocol used by millions of web servers around the world.
Florian Malecki, product director for Dell networking security, highlighted the vast scope of the vulnerabilities as proof of the need for next-generation firewall technologies in mid-sized businesses.
"With Heartbleed and Shellshock it showed a business can be affected regardless of size," he told V3.
"A lot of customers have or could have been affected, but any of our firewall customers were not affected by either vulnerability. That's important.
"For any size company, SMB or otherwise, these vulnerabilities are on your network and prove that the ability to protect yourself with a next-generation firewall is a cost-effective investment."
The Dell SuperMassive 9800 is available now starting at £55,000.
Dell is one of many security providers looking to bolster its next-generation threat defence portfolio. FireEye unveiled advanced threat intelligence and security-as-a-service solutions on 18 September.
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