CFS 2.0 Brings Increased Productivity and Security to Businesses and Schools with Comprehensive Distributed Database and Unique Caching Architecture
London, UK - June 4, 2003 - SonicWALL, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNWL) a leading provider of comprehensive Internet security solutions, today announced Content Filtering Service (CFS) 2.0, an easy-to-use, subscription-based service delivered through SonicWALL appliances. SonicWALL CFS 2.0 enables businesses to maximize employee productivity and gives schools the ability to protect students from objectionable web content.
SonicWALL CFS 2.0 enforces content filtering policies by combining a virtually unlimited, dynamic URL database with SonicWALL’s unique and innovative rating and caching architecture. A distributed, Internet-based URL database rates questionable or inappropriate web content into 12 categories. The CFS 2.0 policy on the SonicWALL appliance uses this rating information to enforce the desired levels of access for groups and individuals. SonicWALL’s unique architecture then caches the results on the appliance for immediate access in the future.
“SonicWALL CFS 2.0 is ideally suited for today’s content filtering challenges,” said Douglas Brockett, SonicWALL vice president of worldwide marketing. “As an appliance-based subscription service available to existing SonicWALL customers, it offers the total cost of ownership and ease of use advantages that are hallmarks of SonicWALL products. At the same time, it provides a comprehensive database and rating system previously found only in much more expensive, server-based products.”
In the recent FBI 2002 Computer Crime Survey, it was found that nearly 80% of companies have detected employee abuse of Internet privileges at work. This has contributed to the growth of the secure content management market that, according to International Data Corporation (IDC), is now estimated to reach $580 million by 2004.
The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) of 2000 requires schools to protect students from inappropriate web content. One such school, Fergus Falls Public School District in Minnesota, chose SonicWALL CFS 2.0 for a powerful content filtering solution that is also easy to manage. “The new CFS 2.0 does an amazing job of rating site requests against our extensive categories of blocked content, and does so with a high level of accuracy and fast response times,” said Mike Donoho, technology systems manager at Fergus Falls Public School District. “We like that we can control site requests by time of day, category, or individual. SonicWALL CFS 2.0 also applies weekly filter updates automatically, and its intuitive interface makes administration very easy.”
Giving Network Administrators Greater Control and Ease-of-Management
The easy-to-use, web-based management interface in CFS 2.0 provides network administrators with greater control and flexibility, enabling them to conduct content filtering directly over a wired or wireless LAN. Administrators can apply policies to each category of content to enforce acceptable use policies from different locations inside and outside the network. Network administrators can also apply time of day blocking and user level authentication for increased control over Internet access. CFS 2.0 utilizes URL rating information provided by Cerberian, Inc. and also allows administrators to specify a local list of URLs to block.
SonicWALL CFS 2.0 also features integrated management and reporting capabilities. SonicWALL’s Global Management System (GMS) and ViewPoint reporting package can utilize data from CFS 2.0 to provide detailed activity and usage reports to network administrators.
Pricing and Availability
SonicWALL CFS 2.0 subscriptions will be available beginning in mid-June through SonicWALL distribution channels, with solutions ranging from £55 to £509. The SonicWALL CFS 2.0 service will run on the SOHO TZW and all SonicWALL appliances operating on SonicWALL Firmware version 6.5. Current SonicWALL Content Filter List subscribers with an active support contract and appliances able to run Firmware version 6.4 and higher are eligible for a free upgrade to Firmware 6.5 and SonicWALL CFS 2.0. For more information, please visit the SonicWALL web site at www.sonicwall.com/products.
About SonicWALL, Inc.
SonicWALL, Inc. is the leading provider of integrated Internet security appliances offering access security, transaction security and security services for the enterprise, e-commerce, SMB, education and government markets. Core technologies include firewall, VPN, SSL, high availability, anti-virus, strong authentication with digital certificates, vulnerability assessment and content filtering. Together, these products and technologies provide the most comprehensive Distributed Security Architecture available. SonicWALL, Inc. is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. SonicWALL trades on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol SNWL. For more information, contact SonicWALL at +44 (0)1344 668090 or visit the company Web site at http://www.sonicwall.com.
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