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Gateway Anti-Virus and Intrusion Prevention expanded and now available across entire appliance product line


London, UK. – February 14, 2005 – SonicWALL, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNWL), a leading provider of integrated security, productivity and mobility solutions, today added dynamic spyware detection and elimination capabilities to its gateway threat protection product. The technology will be delivered within SonicWALL’s Gateway Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware and Intrusion Prevention subscription service, enabling businesses of all sizes to maintain secure and productive networks. Spyware is considered one of today’s most pressing and time-consuming network issues. Sources such as Webroot and Earthlink Spy Audit programs estimate that 90% of all computers contain some form of spyware.

The SonicWALL technology uses a deep packet inspection engine that delivers virus protection, intrusion prevention and anti-spyware capabilities directly on the security gateway. This is the first solution on the market utilising a per packet scanning engine, making SonicWALL’s solution unique in its ability to handle unlimited file sizes and unlimited concurrent downloads, offering ultimate scalability and performance for today’s networked environment. Additional anti-spyware features allow SonicWALL to disrupt background communications from spyware already present on the desktop and prevent e-mailed threats by scanning and then blocking Spyware infected e-mails.

"With the addition of anti-spyware features to its gateway anti-virus and intrusion prevention offering, SonicWALL has created a comprehensive level of capability for its entire product set," said Brian Burke, research manager at IDC. “Coupled with the price-performance features, this confirms SonicWALL a compelling player in the emerging United Threat Management security appliance market.”

“Our goal is to keep businesses of all sizes productive and in control of their proprietary information,” said Douglas Brockett, general manager and vice president at SonicWALL. “Solving spyware, intrusion prevention and virus problems at the gateway provides an important line of defense and frees up network administrators’ time. Our enhanced service gives our channel partners an even more compelling proposition for their customers, with new levels of affordability and price-performance.”

The Gateway Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware and Intrusion Prevention subscription service from SonicWALL will be available in Q1, 2005. Pricing of the enhanced service, starting at £125 per annum, will be unchanged, and current subscribers to the Gateway Anti-Virus/Intrusion Prevention service will receive the anti-spyware component through an automatic download at no additional cost. The service is available on the entire range of SonicWALL’s latest TZ and PRO series devices running SonicWALL’s SonicOS 3.1 operating system.

Key features of SonicWALL’s anti-spyware protection include:
• Blocks spyware delivered through auto-installed ActiveX components, the most common vehicle for distributing malicious spyware programs
• Scans and logs spyware threats transmitted through the network and alerts administrators when new spyware is detected and/or blocked
• Stops existing spyware programs from communicating in the background with hackers and servers on the Internet, preventing the transfer of confidential information
• Provides granular control over networked applications by enabling administrators to selectively permit or deny the installation of individual spyware programs
• Prevents e-mailed spyware threats by scanning and then blocking infected e-mails transmitted either through SMTP, IMAP or Web-based e-mail

Features of SonicWALL’s Gateway Anti-virus protection include:
• real-time anti-virus scanning
• a reassembly-free deep packet inspection engine
• concurrent scanning of unlimited numbers of files of unlimited size for viruses, support for a variety of protocol types
a constantly updated database.

Features of SonicWALL’s Intrusion Prevention protection include:
• a constantly-updated signatures database (more than 2,000 signatures)
• deep packet inspection engine
• protection against buffer overflows, worms, Trojans and backdoor exploits
• prevention of IM and P2P applications
• protection from threats originating in the internal as well as the external network



About SonicWALL, Inc.
SonicWALL, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated network security, mobility, and productivity solutions for the SMB, enterprise, e-commerce, education, healthcare, retail/point-of-sale, and government markets. Core technologies include firewall, VPN, wireless, gateway anti-virus/intrusion detection and prevention/spyware, SSL, desktop anti-virus, and content filtering, along with award-winning security management solutions. Together, these products and technologies provide the most comprehensive distributed enforcement 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.

For Additional Information Contact:

Katy Sutcliffe
Marketing Manager
SonicWALL UK, Middle East & Africa
Tel: +44 (0)1344 668090
Email: ksutcliffe@sonicwall.com

Paul Shlackman
Write Angle Communications
Tel: +44 (0)1276 683228
Mobile: +44 (0)7775 655363
Email: paul.shlackman@writeanglecomm.com



Safe Harbor Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements regarding our ability to bring new business opportunities to channel partners, our ability to secure businesses against Internet or inter-network threats, or our ability to deliver gateway anti-virus services at a lower price than our competitors. These forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the time the statements are made and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. In addition, please see the "Risk Factors" described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003 and Form 10-Q for subsequent periods, for a more detailed description of the risks facing our business. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to SonicWALL as of the date of the release, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement.

NOTE: SonicWALL is a registered trademark of SonicWALL, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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