Granular application control, intelligence and real-time visualization
It can be a real challenge for IT administrators to efficiently deliver critical corporate solutions while also contending with employee use of wasteful and often dangerous applications. Critical applications need bandwidth prioritization while social media and gaming applications need to be bandwidth throttled or completely blocked. Stateful packet inspection firewalls used in many organizations rely on port and protocol, they cannot solve the problem because they are not able to identify applications. Boiling it down, stateful packet inspection firewalls cannot sort out the good from the bad.
Scanning every byte of every packet of all network traffic, SonicWALL® provides complete application intelligence and control, regardless of port or protocol, by determining exactly what applications are being used and who is using them. SonicWALL Next-Generation Firewalls leverage a continuously expanding threat signature database that recognizes thousands of applications and detects millions of pieces of malware to protect the network automatically and seamlessly. The solution detects and eliminates malware, intrusions, data leakage and policy violations before they cause harm to a company’s network or its users.
SonicWALL Application Intelligence and Control puts power back into the hands of IT administrators with new levels of management and ease-of-use, allowing them to maintain granular control of applications and users. Administrators can easily create bandwidth management policies based on logical pre-defined categories (such as social media or gaming), individual applications, or even users and groups. As new applications are created, new signatures are pushed to the firewalls and the appropriate policies are automatically updated without IT spending costly time and effort to update rules and application objects. Administrators must also be able to visualize application traffic to properly control network use and to adjust network policy based on critical observations. The SonicWALL Application Flow Monitor provides real-time graphs of application activity allowing administrators to modify policies to increase network productivity.