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Integrated device unites deep inspection security and 24-port secure switch in affordable, flexible small network solution


London, UK. – March 8, 2004 – SonicWALL, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNWL) today introduced the 24-port PRO 1260 Enhanced secure LAN switch, which enables each of the 24 ports to be independently and easily configured into custom security zones, or virtual firewalls. Combining exceptional ease of use and value into a flexible solution, the appliance allows small businesses to deploy a single device, rather than a switch plus multiple firewalls, to securely segment their internal networks.

The PRO 1260 Enhanced is designed for small networks such as multi-tenant offices, hospitality or education establishments, that need to apply varying security policies depending on the user or workgroup, and wish to secure communications both from external sources and internally from zone to zone. The appliance can be configured to secure any combination of internal workgroups, public servers, wide area networks, and even wireless access using SonicWALL’s Secure Wireless solution.

The PRO 1260 Enhanced is an intelligent LAN switching platform, managed through the powerful SonicWALL® PortShield (PortShield) architecture enabled in the SonicOS Enhanced operating system. PortShield goes beyond legacy ACL enabled Layer 3 switches to provide granular security policy and Unified Threat Management on all 24 ports. PortShield allows the PRO 1260 to be easily configured into custom security zones, each with its own “virtual firewall” capability thereby securing ports not only from the Internet, but also from other devices without the complexity of deploying complicated virtual local area network (VLAN) architectures.

The PRO 1260 Enhanced includes many ease-of-use features that simplify management for IT administrators of all levels. A streamlined Web interface and suite of configuration and management wizards make the PRO 1260 easy to use in any network environment. This appliance also integrates support for SonicWALL’s gateway anti-virus, anti-spyware, intrusion prevention, anti-spam and content filtering to enable comprehensive, multi-layered security.

“Price-performance, ease of use and convenience are key requirements for customers with smaller networks,” said Matt Medeiros, president and CEO at SonicWALL. “In the PRO 1260, we have combined an exceptional level of convenience, value and multi-layered security in a single device. The PRO 1260 Enhanced incorporates VLAN functionality used in our enterprise-class PRO 4060 and PRO 5060 firewalls, and provides an excellent example of our value innovation strategy of making state of the art security technology affordable and accessible to a broad market.”

The PRO 1260 Enhanced Bundle ships with SonicWALL’s newly released SonicOS 3.1 Enhanced, adding significant features such as DDNS, a streamlined Web GUI and a comprehensive suite of easy-to-use configuration and management wizards. Every PRO 1260 is delivered with 30 days’ free trial of SonicWALL’s Gateway Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware/Intrusion Prevention Service, Network Anti-Virus and Content Filtering Service, VoIP, and Anti-Spam for true multi-layered security. The SonicWALL PRO 1260 Enhanced Bundle is priced at £1239.

Features of the SonicWALL PRO 1260 Enhanced include:

• Unique PortShield architecture: provides the flexibility to configure all 24 LAN switch ports into separate security zones, providing protection not only from the WAN and DMZ, but also between devices inside the LAN. Each security zone is effectively protected by a dedicated deep content inspection firewall
• Easy-to-use wizards
• Integrated gateway anti-virus, anti-spyware and intrusion prevention support
• Advanced security and networking features available in SonicOS Enhanced include WAN/WAN failover, secure wireless support, zone and object-based management, policy-based routing and NAT, anti-spam and more
• Built-in 24-port managed switch: allows computers and printers to network together at wire-speed. Utilizing SonicOS Enhanced, it becomes an intelligent managed switch with configurability for port speed/duplex, granular 64 Kbps rate limiting, as well as support for basic traffic monitoring and statistics
• Optional port: can be configured as a demilitarized zone (DMZ) for public facing servers or Internet resources, as a wireless LAN, or as an additional WAN, for WAN/WAN failover
• IPSec VPN: supporting DES, 3DES and advanced AES encryption to secure traffic traveling between the network, from site to site, and from remote users using SonicWALL’s Global VPN Client software


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, intrusion detection and prevention, SSL, 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 SonicWALL’s ability to integrate LAN switching and security in a single appliance, our ability to create custom security zones between switch points, our ability to secure a combination of internal workgroups, public servers, wide area networks and wireless access, the ability to protect individual users through port-level security policies, and our ability to enable 24 virtual firewalls on a single device. 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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