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ManageEngine Unifies Endpoint Management and Network Monitoring for MSPs



ManageEngine has announced the launch of RMM Central, a unified remote monitoring and management solution for managed service providers (MSPs). Available immediately, RMM Central helps discover networks, monitor device performance, detect and manage faults, deploy missing patches, enable remote access and provide a complete overview of all hardware and software inventory.

Service providers need to understand their clients’ IT networks and automate everyday tasks like adhering to specific security policies, meeting client service-level agreements (SLAs), generating specific reports and managing their billing. However, juggling multiple tools to monitor network performance and manage devices is time-consuming. With network management complexities and security threats increasing exponentially, MSPs need a single solution that can offer high scalability, security, quick setup, easy navigation, holistic features, seamless client onboarding and affordable pricing.

“Having worked with the MSP market for more than 10 years, ManageEngine is committed to this market and understands the demand for a unified IT management solution,” said Mathivanan Venkatachalam, vice president of ManageEngine. “To meet this demand, we’ve developed RMM Central by combining the capabilities from different products to offer holistic features, and we plan to launch similar products down the road. Using these solutions, service providers can optimize productivity with operational efficiency and provide exceptional service to their clients.”

“RMM Central is an all-powerful, comprehensive IT management companion for MSPs to manage and monitor multiple client accounts, domains and networks from a unified, easy-to-use console,” said Boobala Krishnan S, solutions delivery manager at Soft Solutions, a ManageEngine partner based in New Zealand with early access to RMM Central.

A Unified Solution for MSP Network Management
With the launch of RMM Central, ManageEngine provides MSPs with a single tool that delivers 360-degree visibility into all managed client networks. RMM Central’s highlights include:

Seamless network performance monitoring: Identify and fix performance issues like faults, alarms and outages before they become significant problems and cause downtime.

Automated, proactive IT security: Detect and deploy missing patches, make fault management foolproof, customize security policies and implement configurations for each client network to fortify them.

Centralized asset management: Manage all hardware and software assets, meter software usage, manage software licenses as well as detect and blacklist malicious applications across all managed devices.

Instant remote troubleshooting: Remotely connect to devices, coordinate with end users on voice and video calls during a troubleshooting session and collaborate with multiple technicians simultaneously to achieve SLAs faster.

RMM Central is available immediately at Pricing starts at $1,195 for 50 devices per year. A fully functional, 30-day trial is also available, as well as a free edition that efficiently manages up to 25 devices.


SonicWall Returning Choice to Customers by Securing Any Mix of Cloud, Hybrid and Traditional Networks



SonicWall is emphasizing the return of customer choice for securing and scaling a mix of cloud, hybrid and traditional environments. “Too many times organizations have been forced to change the way they operate in order to secure access to their networks, data, devices, and people,” said SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner. “We’ve been busy innovating cloud and virtual solutions that help organizations secure complex blends of networks, including virtual, hybrid, cloud, and on-premises deployments.”

Cybersecurity approach to returning deployment choices to the customer while solving real-world use cases faced by SMBs, enterprises, governments, and MSSPs. SonicWall’s core cloud solution offerings:

  • Solve security and connectivity challenges for cloud-native and hybrid environments.
  • Secure access to cloud and on-premises applications and virtualized workloads through modern zero-trust capabilities.
  • Protect increasingly distributed and remote workforces through powerful virtualized security layers and zero-touch capabilities.
  • Simplify threat detection and response by unifying security events and analytics in a single cloud-based dashboard, allowing easy visualization and management of high-risk alerts.

“The modern IT environment is rife with complexity that drives security and connectivity challenges, which can be further complicated when organizations require hybrid environments comprised of physical, virtual, and SaaS offerings, and private and public cloud solutions,” said IDC Research Director Chris Rodriguez. “Cybersecurity vendors that support these deployment options add tremendous financial and operational flexibility for their customers, and are also well suited for organizations that are in different stages of their cloud journey.”

SonicWall’s cloud innovation is driven by the need to solve complex security and connectivity challenges by delivering power, flexibility, and choice to customers and partners. SonicWall has collaborated with organizations worldwide to build some of the most secure and robust hybrid networks.

“The University of Pisa connects and secures a wide and distributed network of systems, users, applications and services to ensure our institution can provide the highest levels of on-campus and remote learning,” said University of Pisa CIO Antonio Cisternino. “It’s imperative that we’re able to use the same trusted security controls, regardless of how we deploy them. Through their growing range of virtual, cloud and hybrid offerings, SonicWall gives us that choice and flexibility without sacrificing the security standards we require to protect and enable students, faculty, and staff.”

SonicWall ensures organizations are able to set their own deployment paths and cloud migration timelines — not forcing them into a rigid vendor-first approach. By providing cloud-based (e.g., virtual firewall and VPN), as-a-service (e.g., ZTNA, FWaaS), and on-premises (e.g., firewalls, VPN) options, SonicWall empower customers to deploy what works for their architecture — and adopt cloud transformation at their pace.

These real-world hybrid environments are secured using a cohesive mix of virtual, cloud, and on-premises offerings, including SonicWall NSv virtual firewalls, Cloud Edge Secure Access zero-trust security, appliance-free SMA virtual private networks (VPN), and Cloud App Security to protect SaaS applications. Organizations are able to further scale and extend distributed environments by simultaneously deploying security across multiple locations — with minimal IT support — using Zero-Touch Deployment capabilities.

With the influx of work-from-home access, companies require a simple and secure way of connecting their workforce to resources they need — wherever they’re located. SonicWall embraces zero-trust security as a tenet of cybersecurity in a perimeter-less, cloud-first reality. SonicWall helps organizations easily and quickly connect remote users to on-premises resources, cloud-hosted applications, branch offices and public clouds.

In as few as 15 minutes, SonicWall Cloud Edge Secure Access — the company’s zero-trust network access (ZTNA) offering — quickly scales security beyond the perimeter through modern zero-trust principles. This results in logical trust zones that authenticate every user, device and location for secure access to only the specific services and resources they require.

New in SonicWall Capture Security Center 3.0, Unified Insights brings analytics from across SonicWall products, including physical and virtual firewalls, wireless access points, switches and endpoint security products into a single, customizable dashboard. This provides a central, easy-to-use location for monitoring environments and troubleshooting incidents, eliminating the need to multi-task across different consoles.

Paired with SonicWall Analytics, Capture Security Center 3.0 can transform large volumes of data (spanning tens of thousands of firewall nodes) into actionable insights and defensive actions against hidden risks across networks, applications and users — all with the visibility, precision, speed and scale of the cloud.

Regardless of deployment strategy, SonicWall ensures organizations can identify and block both known and unknown cyberattacks across traditional networks, public and private cloud infrastructure, and virtual environments by seamlessly integrating SonicWall physical and virtual firewalls when and where it makes sense for your business. The foundation of this ecosystem integrates with SonicWall’s cloud-based Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) multi-engine sandbox service to stop advanced cyberattacks, including never-before-seen malware and ransomware.

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SonicWall Expands Next-Generation Firewall Lineup with New Enterprise-Grade Appliance



SonicWall has announced the expansion of its threat protection offerings with the NSa 3700, a multi-gigabit security appliance designed to thwart attacks targeting government agencies, retail, K-12, higher education and enterprises. The company also introduced several product updates, including closed-network threat protection, next-generation analytics, enhanced cloud-native security management and a rebranded Wireless Network Manager.

“Governments and other large enterprises are more challenged to defend large-scale networks against rapidly evolving and increasingly sophisticated threats amid the COVID-19 crisis,” said SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner. “These new and enhanced solutions offer organizations an elastic and scalable cloud model to enable leaders to close critical security gaps with robust, enterprise-grade threat protection using next-generation technology. As the cyber arms race continues to escalate, SonicWall looks to equip organizations with proven security at a low total cost of ownership and high-security efficacy.”

Powered by SonicOS 7.0, the new SonicWall NSa 3700 firewall delivers a modern UX/UI, advanced security controls, plus critical networking and management capabilities to increase visibility and help defend against today’s increasingly targeted attacks. With the new NSa 3700, organizations gain much needed multi-gigabit protection and enterprise-grade threat performance with one of the lowest total costs of ownership in its class. Offering 22,500 connections per second, supporting up to 750,000 concurrent DPI connections and up to 3,000 site-to-site VPN tunnels, the NSa 3700 ensures security is scalable across the largest environments.

“Designed to deliver three times the performance and scalability compared to the previous generation while reducing the TCO, the NSa 3700 is well positioned to provide safety and productivity to organizations that have experienced exponential growth in such a short time span,” said SonicWall Senior Vice President of Engineering and COO Atul Dhablania. “Daily business operations should go unhindered by the ever-growing number of VPN connections in the new normal, where working form home has exponentially increased the demand and scalability requirements as employees simultaneously try to connect remotely to the corporate infrastructure. The NSa 3700, running the new SonicOS 7, delivers the technology to boost security throughout fast-moving organizations while inspecting more connections per appliance to reduce costs.”

As reported in the 2021 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, the government sector saw a 21% increase in ransomware attacks last year, making it a rising target for cybercriminals as work environments adapted to changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using the new CSa 1.2, the award-winning SonicWall Capture Security appliance (CSa) 1000 can now be deployed without the need to connect to external resources, which is important for organizations operating air-gapped networks.

The CSa 1000 allows government and compliance-conscious organizations to deploy the
SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service and patented Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI) on-prem. With RTDMI, CSa 1000 discovers and stops thousands of previously unseen malware samples each day. The CSa product line is currently in the process of receiving final approval for Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS-140-2) certification, a standard accepted widely by governments and regulated industries around the world.

To help business and security stakeholders mitigate hidden risks across networks, applications and users, SonicWall Next-Generation Analytics 3.0 transforms and delivers threat data from its global network of over 1.1 million sensors into actionable guidance via an information-rich executive dashboard. Analytics 3.0 allows organizations to mitigate suspicious behavior upon discovery and find threats quickly with a 25% faster response time. New enhancements to Analytics enable it to take advantage of cloud elasticity to scale on-demand, delivering fast response times to changing workloads. This new and enhanced cloud-native architecture provides enhanced reliability and redundancy.

To easily adhere to the latest security standards, SonicWall cloud-native security management has been updated to provide more visibility and control than ever before. With the updated SonicWall Network Security Manager (NSM) 2.2, administrators have a centralized location for configuring policies at the device or template level, making it easy to provision Layer 3-7 controls via a single rule for every firewall.

NSM also helps simplify certificate management across the full firewall population and streamline rollbacks. It also allows users to choose their preferred two-factor authentication method (app or email) for receiving their authentication code. As networks rapidly expand, so does the need for consolidation, cost savings and streamlined security management. SonicWall Wireless Network Manager (WNM) 3.5 unifies visibility and management by including SonicWall network switches and SonicWave wireless access points into a single solution.

With SonicWall Switches now available in the WNM network hierarchy, it is easier than ever to securely monitor and manage both access points and switches from a single interface to streamline processes and reduce the potential for misconfiguration.

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Defining Hybrid Networks and How to Secure it



Written by John Madisson, EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet


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