Dell Achieves Prestigious Department of Defense UC APL Certification for Dell SonicWALL Next-Generation Firewalls

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The FINANCIAL — Dell on December 15 announced that Dell Security has achieved significant Department of Defense (DoD) certification for Dell SonicWALL next-generation firewalls (NGFWs).

The DoD Unified Capabilities Approved Products List (UC APL) certification qualifies Dell SonicWALL firewalls for usage, implementation or deployment to military departments and DoD agencies based on stringent Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) testing, a standardized methodology for the secure installation and maintenance of computer software and hardware. This critical UC APL certification helps Dell to better serve Department of Defense existing and future customers with industry-leading cybersecurity throughout the federal government. It also enables both public and private sector organizations using Dell SonicWALL firewalls to have the highest level of confidence in network security that is both effective and provides a lower total cost of ownership versus competitive solutions, according to Dell.

Maintaining national security with Dell’s UC APL-certified next-generation firewalls

In today’s hyper-connected world, where threats continue to increase in breadth and sophistication, the ability to acquire the technology necessary to empower national security professionals and maintain national security is critical.The APL is the only approved equipment list from which DoD agencies can fulfill their system needs. With Dell SonicWALL next-generation firewalls, their networks will be protected by:

Highly-effective anti-malware protection, intrusion prevention, content and URL filtering, application control, and secure mobile access for laptops, smartphones and tablets

Patented reassembly-free deep packet inspection engine that allows Dell NGFWs to scan every byte of every packet on all ports and protocols, with almost zero latency, eliminating bottlenecks

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The federal government, especially the DoD, requires the ability to quickly and easily acquire the private sector technology necessary to improve mission outcomes. Recent initiatives have been enacted to improve the DoD’s ability to engage Silicon Valley in its acquisition process, and ensure that the U.S. is able to maintain military superiority. In line with this goal, Dell Security is committed to ensuring that its most innovative cybersecurity products are available to DoD agencies through inclusion on the APLITS (Approved Products List Integrated Tracking System) website.

Supporting Quotes:

Patrick Sweeney, vice president of product marketing and management, Dell Security

“This certification is one of the strongest security certifications worldwide, and we are thrilled that our solutions have earned it. This achievement validates the robust capabilities of our next-generation firewalls to address the unique needs of the agencies within the Department of Defense. We believe our industry-leading solutions will provide the critical abilities necessary to ensure DoD Agencies have the highest level of protection from today’s evolving threat landscape.

Larry Wagner, senior director, engineering, Dell Security

“Achieving the UC APL certification is a significant milestone for our engineering organization. Our team worked diligently to ensure our industry-leading next-generation firewalls met the stringent requirements of the Department of Defense and could stand-up to the unique and difficult conditions defense organizations face. We are honored and proud that our firewalls play an integral role in homeland security.”

Ryan Latreille, CTO, Three Wire Systems

“One of our main drivers for positioning Dell best-in-class solutions is their commitment to DoD standards and investments in pursuing the required Information Assurance accreditations. By adding the Dell SonicWALL Next-generation Firewall components to the approved products lists, our teams at Three Wire Systems can deliver innovative, disruptive, and accredited Dell solutions into the hands of our customers. These capabilities are critical to operating in the contested cyberspace market by providing visibility and mission assurance to mission systems.”

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