Dell Survey Indicates Businesses Bracing For Security and Productivity Impact on Cyber Monday

  Dell Survey Indicates Businesses Bracing For Security and Productivity
  Impact on Cyber Monday

  *68 percent of all businesses reported that employees cannot identify
    fraudulent attacks on the corporate network
  *59 percent of businesses are more concerned with loss of productivity than
    network threats during work hours this holiday shopping season

Business Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- November 20, 2012

Dell SonicWALL today released the findings of a survey about the anticipated
impact to business as a result of Cyber Monday, the largest online shopping
day of the year. The survey found that most employees are not able to
recognize online threats against the corporate network and companies are most
concerned that online shopping could open the network to potential new threat
vectors. The survey also revealed that 63 percent of businesses expect a
greater decrease in productivity due to Cyber Monday compared with last year.
Dell SonicWALL solutions help companies drive employee productivity and
network efficiency by eliminating the non-business-critical use of bandwidth
and applications and by protecting the corporate network against threats.

As people return to work on Nov. 26 after the long Thanksgiving weekend and
boot up their computers to take advantage of special offers from retailers,
they’ll be taking part in a holiday tradition: Cyber Monday. Peak hours, when
Internet bandwidth will be most impacted by online shopping, will occur in the
afternoon. This year, social media is expected to add to the impact on
corporate networks as shoppers visit Facebook and other social media outlets
for information about Cyber Monday sales.

The survey found 59 percent of businesses were more concerned about loss of
employee productivity from online shopping on Cyber Monday than they were
worried about potential network threats. Companies ranging in size from
500-999 employees anticipate the greatest impact on productivity, at 83
percent. Overall, 55 percent of businesses of all sizes predict their
employees will spend two to four hours a week shopping online during the
holiday buying season.

Business can protect itself from cyber threats and assure productivity through
next-generation firewalls that provide advanced features such as content
filtering and application intelligence and control. This allows companies to
determine what applications or websites employees can access on the corporate

Dell SonicWALL Next-Generation Firewalls with integrated URL/web filtering
help organizations enforce their protection policies, drive productivity and
block unproductive, inappropriate and illegal web content. This feature can
keep businesses productive even while employees shop online, as it protects
the corporate network from malicious attacks from phishing, cyber scams and
threats from fraudulent emails, websites and malware. Application intelligence
and control functionality also helps protect the corporate network from the
internal harm employees render when they use bandwidth to shop online, share
gift lists, watch videos and send holiday greetings.

In addition, the Dell SonicWALL email security platform deployed either as a
service on the firewall or through a dedicated solution stops phishing and
zombie attacks, spam, and viruses with more than 99 percent effectiveness. It
uses multiple established, patented techniques including reputation checks
that verify not only a message’s sender IP reputation, but also the reputation
of its content, structure, links, images, and attachments.


Patrick Sweeney, Executive Director, Product Management, Dell SonicWALL:
“Cyber Monday raises productivity issues and potentially opens corporate
networks to possible threats. Our survey results show that businesses are more
concerned with productivity and bandwidth issues than malicious attacks, but
Dell SonicWALL has solutions to address risks and keep networks secure. In
conjunction with our award-winning next-generation firewalls, the Dell
SonicWALL Email Security solution is ideal for the 68 percent of businesses
who fear their employees can’t correctly identify a spear phishing attack or
other network threats.”

With solutions for security, systems management, business intelligence and
application management software, Dell companies like KACE, SecureWorks,
SonicWALL and Quest Software assist their customers in protecting their
corporate networks, as well as their employees’ and clients’ personal
information during the holidays and all year long:

  *Dell KACE offers advice on how systems management can help retailers
    securely manage back-end processing tasks as well as provide controls at
    the point of sale to ensure systems are ready anytime while meeting
    compliance standards. Dell KACE offers helpful advice for retailers.
  *Dell Quest makes security and compliance simple and efficient with Quest
    One Identity Solutions. With a modular, yet integrated, approach to
    identity and access management, Quest One addresses both immediate
    concerns and future business needs with solutions that reduce risks and
    the costs of audit, and empower IT to govern the access needed to operate
    an agile and effective business today. Dell Quest offers best practices to
    protect the enterprise.
  *Dell SecureWorks provides world-class information security services to
    help organizations of all sizes protect their IT assets, comply with
    regulations and reduce security costs. Dell SecureWorks protects some of
    the largest retailers worldwide, and every year during the holidays sees
    the hacker attacks and scams targeting retailers and their customers
    increase substantially. Here is a list of security tips to protect both
    groups during this busy season.

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Dell SonicWALL
Jock Breitwieser, 408-800-5625
Bond PR
Michele Nachum, 415-349-7434
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