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Zyxel Ships Advanced Security Gateway for Midsize Businesses

The ZyWALL ATP800 Security Gateway comes with a “Cloud Query” service designed to protect networks from zero-day attacks that can go undetected by conventional security solutions. By ChannelPro

Zyxel Communications has launched an advanced threat protection firewall for midsize businesses equipped with a “Cloud Query” service designed to protect networks from zero-day attacks that can go undetected by conventional security solutions.

Called the ZyWALL ATP800 Security Gateway, the rack-mountable device seeks to protect against a rapidly evolving array of known and unknown cyberthreats using a multi-source cloud database that is regularly updated by third-party sources and data from other Zyxel ATP firewalls nationwide.

The new device offers additional protections as well aimed at supporting multi-layered defensive strategies. They include content and botnet filters, app and email security, intrusion detection and prevention, geo-blocking, a managed AP service, and cloud-based security monitoring and analysis software.

Other key features of the ZyWALL ATP800 include:

  • Self-evolving cloud intelligence: Unknown files or user patterns from Zyxel ATP firewalls are added to the cloud threat database, and top-ranked threat intelligence is pushed to all ATP firewalls to defend shield against unknown threats. The continuously growing, self-evolving security defense ecosystem adapts to external attacks and keeps all ATP firewalls synchronized.
  • Sandboxing: Unknown files are sent to an isolated cloud environment where they are emulated to identify whether they are malicious or not. Packet behavior is inspected in isolation to keep potential threats from entering the network and prevent against zero-day attacks.
  • High performance: The ZyWALL ATP800 is designed to support up to 500 users with 8,000 Mbps of throughput, up to 2,000,000 concurrent TCP sessions, and up to 1,000 concurrent IPSec VPN tunnels. Users with a Gold Security Pack subscription can also manage up to 130 access points.
  • Cloud-based analytics and threat reporting: Zyxel Cloud CNM SecuReporter provides a centralized view of user activities and threat statistics across the network. The analysis and reporting suite tracks security services, security events, application usage, website and traffic usage, VPN status, device health status, and more.

“The AV-TEST Institute reports that they are registering more than 350,000 new malicious programs and potentially unwanted applications every day,” said Tri Nguyen, market development manager at Zyxel, in prepared remarks. “Our ATP firewalls are self-evolving security solutions that take network protection to the next level. The incorporation of cloud intelligence to the comprehensive suite of security capabilities is key to identifying and tackling unknown threats before they enter the network.”

The ZyWALL ATP800 is a 12-port device with two SFP ports. Street pricing starts at $1,999.99.

Other members of the Zyxel ZyWALL family of ATP firewalls include the ZyWALL ATP500, a seven-port Gigabit Ethernet ATP Firewall with one SFP port priced at $849.99, and the ZyWALL ATP200, a four-Port Gigabit Ethernet ATP Firewall with one SFP Port and a $599.99 MSRP.

Cloud management is a core part of Zyxel’s strategy to help channel pros discourage customers from buying networking gear on their own via Amazon. Nebula, the company’s cloud-based management platform, is designed to help technicians deploy, configure, and administer network devices remotely via a multitenant, single-pane-of-glass control panel equipped with built-in analytics functionality. Zyxel added two new tri-mode access points, a security gateway, and extended cloud management features to Nebula last month.

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