SonicWALL Mobile Connect secure remote access

Friday, 02 March, 2012

The SonicWALL Mobile Connect client app for Google Android smartphones and tablets provides users with network-level access over encrypted SSL VPN connections. With the app installed, mobile users can access these resources across SonicWALL appliances, including SonicWALL Aventail E-Class Secure Remote Access (SRA), SRA for SMB and Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs).

When deployed with, or alongside, an NGFW, the Mobile Connect app creates a clean VPN to decrypt traffic while the NGFW decontaminates threats, viruses and malware from smartphones or tablets over SSL VPN before they can enter the network. SonicWALL Clean VPN delivers dual protection to secure VPN access and traffic by combining SSL VPN and high-performance, next-generation firewalls.

Network administrators can use the application intelligence and control functionality to identify which apps should receive critical bandwidth and to reduce the bandwidth for applications deemed to be unimportant.

As smartphones and tablets enter the internal corporate perimeter and connect via Wi-Fi networks, an NGFW scans traffic to ensure Android devices adhere to organisational security, application control and content filtering policies. With this capability, Android users can now experience enterprise-class security and control outside the corporate network, using Mobile Connect, and inside the network, via SonicWALL Clean Wireless.

A key feature of the Mobile Connect app is End Point Control (EPC), available only on the SonicWALL Aventail E-Class SRA Series. For Android-based smartphones and tablets running Mobile Connect, EPC identifies specific device attributes and enforces that they are met before allowing the device to connect to the network. EPC can also determine if an Android device has been jailbroken, thereby removing Android’s built-in security enforcement, so that connections from compromised devices may be rejected or quarantined.

Users are also protected while travelling and accessing networks from public hotspots or over 3G/4G connections.

The Mobile Connect app is available as a free download via the Android Market or, for iOS iPhone and iPad, via the App Store.

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