Following the global launch of its latest security products and solutions, SonicWall leveraged its participation at the third edition of the Middle East Security Awards (MESA) & Conference to present its new range to a targeted audience of C-level security professionals. MESA is an annual conference and awards event for the cybersecurity community that provides a two-way conversation between security vendors and industry experts.
According to Shahnawaz Sheikh, Sales and Channel Director at SonicWall, one of the key new offerings is the SonicWall Web Application Firewall (WAF) that offers capabilities to protect web applications running in private, public or hybrid cloud environments. “WAF was earlier offered to our customers as an added service on the Secure Mobile access device. We are now offering it as an independent solution. In addition to this we have also launched our virtual firewall solution that aims to protect all critical components of private and public cloud environments.”
Another important announcement was the company’s Network Security appliance (NSa) range of next-generation firewalls. “We have not only upgraded the earlier models but with continued focus on enhancing network security we have added new features like higher processing power, higher number of DPI-SSL connections and better SSL decryption, etc. This is a fast moving product for us and we are sure that the market will greatly benefit from the enhancements we have made.”
The company also announced the Capture Client platform that offers endpoint protection capabilities, malware protection and support for visibility into encrypted traffic. This unified client platform has two versions – standard and advanced. “The advanced version comes with ‘One-Click-Rollback’, which is an important endpoint security functionality for organisations. With this option, in the event that the endpoint is infected, our customers have the option to reset their systems to the last know ‘safe’ state and continue without losing business continuity,” explained Sheikh.
Speaking about his experience at the event, Sheikh, said, “The event has been a success for us. I cannot think of any other event where we have had direct interaction with more than a hundred CISOs from the Middle East and Africa region. This event offers the opportunity for vendors like us to present our products and services to niche selection of IT security stakeholders and decision makers.”
Our purpose of being a part of this gathering is to present our products and solutions to industry leaders and start meaningful discussions with CISOs to discuss long term business plans from a strategic investment point of view. As an example, we identified an opportunity at last year’s MESA event that translated into good business, he concluded.