Dell Strengthens Security Portfolio

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    At the Dell World 2015 conference today, Dell previewed an advanced persistent threat (APT) protection service that will be delivered through Dell SonicWALL firewalls, while also providing in 2016 the ability to manage Dell switches via the management console it provides IT organizations that deploy those firewalls.

    In addition, Dell announced that version 8.1 of Dell One Identity Cloud Access Manager now supports multifactor authentication via integration with Dell Defender as a Service, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering, and that Dell SonicWALL Email Security now supports Cyren anti-virus software in addition to several other AV offerings from Dell and third-party partners.

    Finally, Dell announced that it is making the encryption capabilities it has developed on both Windows servers as well as PC clients a part of an ongoing effort to make deploying encryption as frictionless as possible.

    In general, Bill Evans, senior director of product marketing at Dell Software, says Dell is moving to make the Global Management System (GMS) that it provides to manage Dell SonicWALL firewalls the management plane through which a variety of security services, residing on premise and in the cloud, are delivered. The end result should not only be an ability to respond more quickly to APTs, but also a lower total cost for securing the enterprise overall, says Evans.


    In fact, Evans says that most IT organizations these days are not just looking to reduce the total cost of security, they want more context about the nature of the attacks that are being launched as it relates to their specific vulnerabilities. The problem is that most of the IT security budget today is consumed by implementing the technologies rather than actually responding to threats, notes Evans.

    Obviously, security is a top of mind issue for most IT organizations right now. The real challenge is finding ways to attain the security without having to break the IT budget in the process.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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