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Dell has announced its entry into the sandbox security sector. The Dell SonicWALL Capture Advanced Threat Protection Service will offer a three-pronged, multi-engine sandboxing service. Dell’s cloud-based service, which is currently in the final beta stages, is scheduled for general release in July this year.

Being late to market has its advantages

Dell will be a late entrant to the already mature sandboxing sector when its Capture Advanced Threat Protection Sandbox service goes live in July. The initial release, which will be an additional component to the company’s next-generation firewall (NGFW) facilities, will be available as a cloud-based service. A further release, covering file and attachment protection for email, is expected toward the end of the year.

The drivers for Dell focus on the addition of extra layers of protection to its existing NGFW inspection facilities. The increasing use of encryption is a factor. In 2015, about 65% of enterprise traffic was encrypted, and while malware can be hidden in both encrypted and unencrypted files, encryption makes it harder to detect.

Coming late to the sandboxing market may not be seen as the best approach, but it does have its advantages. Dell has been able to consider what does and doesn’t work, and will be looking to address these issues from day one. For example, today’s advanced threats are designed to evade sandbox analysis and detection. Dell’s response is to offer a three-pronged approach, consisting of three sandbox engines running in parallel to detect malware, with a view to making detection faster and more inclusive. The Dell SonicWall sandbox will be supported by best-of-breed offerings from Lastline and VMRay, all of which have the ability present themselves as physical hardware to fool sandbox-evading malware.

The theory is that malware that can get past one sandbox is likely to be found by one of the others. Suspicious files will be held at the gateway until given a clean bill of health by the sandbox function, and rejection will generate remediation signatures for rapid distribution (within 48 hours) to the Dell Security client network.


Further reading

Lastline Inc - Advanced malware protection from the cloud or on-premise, IT0022-000219 (October 2014)

“Cybercrime and Fraud - Online life facilitates criminal subterfuge”, IT0022-000581 (January 2016)


Andrew Kellett, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions

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