Dell has released a suite of SonicWall security products aimed at providing small to medium businesses with integrated WiFi and firewall protection from cyber attacks.
The update to the TZ Firewall series, which combines 802.11ac wireless technology with ‘enterprise grade' security, comprises the TZ300, TZ400 and TZ500.
The TZ300, the cheapest option at just over £400 has 1GB of memory, anti-malware inspection throughput of 100Mbps and a 2x800MHz processor.
The TZ400 costs roughly £606 and contains 1GB of memory, 300Mbps of anti-malware inspection throughput and a 4x800 MHz processor.
The high-end TZ500 (pictured above), which costs roughly £800, contains 1GB of memory, anti-malware inspection throughput of 400Mbps and a 4x1GHz processor.
Every model has full mobile integration, VPN features and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) services built in.
The latest TZ Firewall security works by scanning wireless traffic coming in and out of a network and analysing any possible network threats.
The series includes DPI to analyse traffic using an array of SSL decryption and inspection, application control and content filtering technology.
Another feature aimed towards SMBs can separate guest users and employees on a single network.
The TZ300, 400 and 500 are available now, while another model, the Soho Wireless-N solution, will be available in August.
Patrick Sweeney, executive director of Dell Security, explained that the new firewall range is designed to prevent increasingly sophisticated attacks.
"We observed a 100 percent increase in the use of HTTPS traffic to obfuscate content. Whether that is wired or wireless traffic, it's a problem for security," he said.
“Attacks against all networks – including wireless networks – are becoming more sophisticated, and require a solution that ensures the highest level of security without compromising performance or bandwidth."
Meanwhile, Florian Malecki, head of Dell SonicWall's EMEA marketing team, told V3 that cyber attacks have largely stayed the same over the years but are becoming more targeted.
He explained that phishing and malware attacks are still the most common, but mobile and Internet of Things attacks are on the rise.
"SMEs need to be educated on the risks. Many businesses are compromised and don't even know," he warned.
A recent cyber attack on Ashley Madison demonstrated the dangers of a business installing weak cyber security. Hackers were able to breach the network and steal up to 37 million customer records, maps of internal servers and company bank account details.
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