SonicWall capture ATP aces latest ICSA Lab test, finds more malware

Bill Conner of SonicWall

After 35 days of testing and the completion of 1,741 total tests, the multi-engine SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) sandbox service, with Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI), received a perfect score in the latest ICSA Labs Advanced Threat Defense test for Q1 2021.

“It is a milestone moment to see our technology reach this level and to receive such a wonderful score when tested against some of the most unknown and rigorous threats today,” says SonicWall president and CEO Bill Conner.

“These third-party, real-world tests play a vital role in ensuring that we continue to strive for and deliver excellent products and services to organisations that often feel bombarded and overwhelmed during the buying process.”

The ICSA Labs report states, “SonicWall Capture ATP did remarkably well during this test cycle detecting 100% of previously unknown threats while having zero false positives” in ICSA’s test environment. Standard ICSA Labs Advanced Threat Defense (ATD) testing targets vendor solutions designed to identify new threats that other traditional security products do not detect. Test focus on how effectively vendor ATD solutions detect these unknown and little-known threats while minimising false positives.

First unveiled in 2018, RTDMI has also been awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The proprietary machine learning-based memory inspection technology is included as part of the multi-engine SonicWall ATP sandbox service.

As detailed in the latest 2021 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, RTDMI technology discovered 268,362 ‘never-before-seen’ malware variants in 2020, a 74% year-over-year increase. RTDMI is proven to proactively detect and block unknown mass-market malware, including malicious Office and PDF file types.

“Armed with more than a decade of machine-learning experience, RTDMI plays an essential role in quickly identifying destructive malware strands not detected by traditional sandboxing technology,” says SonicWall SVP and chief technology officer John Gmuender.

John Gmuender

“As cyberattacks continue to strengthen and escalate, so must technology and the creative thinking of researchers who work around the clock to ensure that organisations in all industries can advance their reliance on the digital and connected world.”

SonicWall customers determined to stay ahead of today’s complex threats have become increasingly reliant on Capture ATP with RTDMI technology, as seen by an increased attach rate from 27% to almost 60% since the technology was unveiled in 2016. Recognised by customers for its threat protection and value, Capture ATP is requested by more than 70% of customers using enterprise-grade SonicWall NS_a_ firewalls in their deployments.

SonicWall next-generation firewalls have also earned ICSA labs Enterprise Firewall certification, the high level of firewall certification and is based on comprehensive and robust performance testing. ICSA Labs, an independent Verizon test lab, conducts testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability, and performance for most of the technology vendors.

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