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Financial Medical Standardizes on SonicWALL Technology for Its Network Security Infrastructure

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SonicWALL, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNWL), a leading secure network infrastructure company, today announced that Financial Medical Systems (FMS), a full-service billing and receivables management provider based in Hauppauge, New York, has deployed a comprehensive integrated security solution featuring SonicWALL E-Class NSA E6500, E-Class SonicWALL Aventail EX-1600 SSL VPN and Email Security 300 appliances to enhance the company's compliance with PCI and HIPAA regulations.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — SonicWALL, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNWL), a leading secure network infrastructure company, today announced that Financial Medical Systems (FMS), a full-service billing and receivables management provider based in Hauppauge, New York, has deployed a comprehensive integrated security solution featuring SonicWALL E-Class NSA E6500, E-Class SonicWALL Aventail EX-1600 SSL VPN and Email Security 300 appliances to enhance the company's compliance with PCI and HIPAA regulations.

"When you add up the security, the excellent graphical interface, the ease of integrating a full solution-one-stop-shopping with SonicWALL was the best thing we could have done," said Ralph Marra, Chief Information Officer for FMS. "I didn't want to worry about either outside-in or inside-out security. Cisco presented an expensive and complex solution, but I didn't see it offering us anything more than SonicWALL. SonicWALL was the most cost effective, and the best fit for us."

"Recently, a client insisted they were sending us files, but we weren't getting them," said Marra. "We found out the new E6500 had blocked the files because they were all infected with viruses." Combining multi-core processor technology and a re-assembly free deep packet inspection engine, the E-Class NSA E6500 appliances provide FMS with high-speed intrusion prevention, anti-virus, anti-spyware and appliance firewall, with application-level control. "With the E6500, I get firewall management and network management without having to buy extra boxes."

"We now have about 40 people remotely accessing both Windows and UNIX resources over the SSL VPN," said Marra. "They get authorized on before they even go through the E6500." By integrating the E6500's Unified Threat Management technology with the EX-1600 SSL VPN, Marra has effectively deployed a SonicWALL Clean VPN(TM) that enforces granular application-layer access policies as it inspects all traffic at the gateway, while also correlating event information to streamline and enhance security efficiencies.

"The beauty of it is we can see who logged in when to access what specific resources. It's a great reporting tool." The award-winning EX-1600 allows FMS to detect the identity and security state of remote devices, protect against unauthorized access by enforcing granular policy, and connect users seamlessly to mission-critical enterprise resources, giving FMS an optimal return on its technology investment. Nine months prior to installing the EX-1600, remote access to FMS went down for two days. "Let's just say the conversations with our clients weren't very pleasant," said Marra. "With the EX-1600 in high availability mode, I don't worry about redundancy anymore."

"Our productivity on the email side has gone up dramatically," said Marra. "The spam solution is phenomenal. Now nobody worries about it." The SonicWALL ES 300 provides FMS with powerful protection against inbound spam, phishing, viruses, Denial-of-Service, Directory Harvest and Zombie attacks, while protecting against outbound leaks of confidential information and violations of regulatory compliance laws. "We were able to set up rule-based blacklists to automatically reroute inappropriate outbound emails to management."

For assistance with implementing his SonicWALL solution, Marra turned to Deepak Thadani of SysIntegrators, LLC, a business technology solutions provider and SonicWALL Gold Medallion Partner based in Woodside, New York. "We wanted to work with the best, so we hired SysIntegrators, LLC, a trusted name in SonicWALL Service and Support," said Marra. "As expected, Deepak's team did a fantastic job and had us up and running in no time."

"SonicWALL offered a depth and breadth of products that FMS was in need of," said Thadani. He had the entire solution configured and running over a weekend. "SonicWALL engineered the E-Class Series to integrate seamlessly," said Thadani. "Once we had their E6500 firewall in place, it was easy to integrate their secure remote access and anti-spam."

"Using the ES 300, we were able to activate email traffic monitoring in both directions," said Thadani. "The ES 300 easily enforces policies for outbound mail, which isn't spam, but could be outside of company policy."

"Working with Mr. Marra has been a pleasure," said Thadani. "It makes it easy to deploy a solution when the CIO actually gets it and understands the benefits to his company immediately."

To manage FMS's solution, SysIntegrators deployed the SonicWALL(R) Global Management System(TM) (GMS). "We've been monitoring customers with SonicWALL GMS for years, and we use it to monitor Internet access, track connection drops, and produce reports for management-everything from where people browse to on the Web, to the amount of various types of data that use up their Internet bandwidth, there's just no other tool with the capability that GMS provides us, it simply rocks." said Thadani.

"Users, vendors, and customers of FMS have much quicker remote access, are much more secure, and are able to access just those resources that they have permission to," said Thadani. "I would say that FMS has increased security by over 50%, and has seen spam drops of 96%."

FMS has plans for expansion, and Marra is looking to SonicWALL and SysIntegrators to support his new initiatives. "Looking ahead, we're solid for any third-party audit," said Marra.

About SonicWALL, Inc.

SonicWALL is committed to improving the performance and productivity of businesses of all sizes by engineering the cost and complexity out of running a secure network. Over one million SonicWALL appliances have been shipped through its global network of ten thousand channel partners to keep tens of millions of worldwide business computer users safe and in control of their data. SonicWALL's award-winning solutions include network security, secure remote access, content security, backup and recovery, and policy and management technology. For more information, visit the company web site at http://www.sonicwall.com/.

About SysIntegrators, LLC.

SysIntegrators, LLC is one of SonicWALL's top Gold Medallion Partners in the New York City tri-state area. A service and solution oriented partner, SysIntegrators, LLC has focused on selling and deploying SonicWALL solutions since 2000 and has won the SonicWALL Partner of the Year, Eastern Region. Deepak Thadani, President of SysIntegrators, LLC serves as the President of SonicWALL's VAR Advisory Council, and as Ingram Micro's Venture Tech Network SonicWALL Champion for North America. For more information, visit the company website at http://www.sysintegrators.com/.

Safe Harbor Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements regarding the benefits associated with the SonicWALL E6500, EX-1600 and ES 300 devices. These forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the time the statements are made and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. In addition, please see the "Risk Factors" described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, for a more detailed description of the risks facing our business. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to SonicWALL as of the date of the release, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement.

NOTE: SonicWALL is a registered trademark of SonicWALL, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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