Secure Remote Working With SonicWall VPN

SonicWall VPN

SonicWall VPN stands out as a premier provider of firewalls and security technology, boasting an array of features designed to protect remote working practices for businesses. Their SSL and IPSec VPN models offer strong protection, central management with Netextender tools and specialist phishing protection via the Security Center.

MiniOrange RADIUS Server supports two-factor authentication for SonicWall systems using its two-factor authentication feature. Users will be challenged by miniOrange to respond through either hardware or mobile, in order to successfully authenticate themselves to gain entry to the system.

Secure Remote Access

SonicWall VPN’s secure remote access feature enables employees to securely connect to their company network from any location without the need for transportation, which helps reduce travel costs while increasing talent pool diversity. NetExtender is easy to setup and use while also offering high levels of protection by encrypting communication between user computers and VPN gateways for enhanced data breach prevention as well as protecting personal devices against malware infections that could compromise them.

No matter the size or nature of your organization, Dell SonicWALL offers secure portal and client-based or mobile remote access solutions that meet them. From SSL VPN appliances and IPSec VPN appliances that ensure secure connectivity via broadband, wireless or dial-up connections; to the Global VPN Client and NetExtender thin clients which allow remote connections using a Web browser without manual software installations from an administrator; for added reliability the Dell SonicWALL IPSec VPN appliances support redundant Dell SonicWALL network security gateways to ensure mission critical access even in case of primary gateway failure.

Dell SonicWALL E-Class SRA Series appliances enable organizations to maximize productivity while lowering IT costs by decreasing installation and maintenance times for endpoint access applications. Through a Web-based Virtual Office portal, end users can securely access authorized intranet, file, desktop, terminal resources from home PCs, kiosks or unmanaged mobile devices over wired or wireless networks – as well as corporate applications such as SharePoint Server 2010/2007/2000 servers via application offloading technology such as NetExtender technology.

The SRA Series comes equipped with an optional SonicWALL Web Application Firewall (WAF), offering protection from web-based vulnerabilities like cross-site scripting and injection attacks that compromise critical web applications and expose sensitive information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, login credentials and credit card details. This protection is available across all endpoints including PCs running Windows as well as smartphones running iOS, Android and Linux operating systems and tablets.

Encrypted Communication

SonicWall VPN allows users to securely access networks over broadband, wireless and dial-up connections; as well as mobile devices and remote workers who require secure connectivity with the corporate network. Depending on which model is chosen, SonicWall UTM firewalls offer SSL or IPSec VPN connectivity while NetExtender offers thin client connectivity through web browsing whereas Dell Global VPN Client provides more traditional desktop-based client experience.

Both types of VPNs provide encryption that prevents unauthorized people from viewing data or intercepting communication, limiting simultaneous user connections in order to reduce network congestion, and only authorized individuals using devices. SonicWall VPN also offers advanced security features like deep packet inspection that protect against threats to remote connectivity.

SonicWall VPN stands out as another advantageous service because of its compatibility with popular operating systems, including Windows, Mac and iOS. This makes remote workers’ lives simpler by eliminating the need to install multiple applications or programs just to access SonicWall VPN – saving both money and hassle.

SonicWall UTM firewalls can be configured for enhanced security by requiring two-factor authentication for end users seeking access to VPN. This can be accomplished by adding SecureAuth IdP to an Authentication Proxy server and importing users from existing directories (like Microsoft Active Directory, OpenLDAP, Ping Identity or AWS Cognito), 2FA vendors like Okta Shibboleth OneLogin etc).

SonicWall VPN also comes equipped with network access control features to ensure only safe devices can access the network, including monitoring antivirus and antispyware software, jailbroken or rooted mobile devices, verifying domain membership and OS version, as well as recognizing digital certificates.

SonicWall VPN is easy to manage, with an effortless setup process that can be completed in minutes using our free SonicWALL Configuration Guide for VPN Tracker 365. Our quick start guide has been optimized for use with SonicWALL’s current user interface and supports Simple Client Provisioning to make setting up VPN easy – creating one with just a few clicks is an amazing feat of engineering!

Enhanced Mobility

SonicWall VPN offers mobile users a simple, straightforward method for connecting to corporate networks via broadband, wireless or dial-up connections. Once connected, they can gain access to resources, files and applications as if directly connected. When they establish their connection, Global VPN Client software automatically downloads its configuration policy to ensure maximum security and performance.

SonicWall VPN supports multiple wireless devices and operating systems, making connection simple for employees requiring only access to an internet connection and computer or smart device to the corporate network. Once configured with a SonicWall Global VPN Client, employees can securely access this network from anywhere around the globe.

Setting up and configuring the SonicWall VPN gateway can be done through either an online web interface or graphical management console, making setup and management of multiple VPN tunnels simple, as well as setting up settings such as NAT, IPSec, and SSL tunneling with ease. Furthermore, user experience is excellent with an accessible, simple user interface accessible even by non-technical users.

SonicWall VPN’s advanced page provides users with various VPN tunnel settings that they can customize, such as:

Enabling IKE Dead Peer Detection – To enable this option on a SonicWall and prevent it from retrying packets dropped due to dead peers, simply turn this feature off.

Allow IKE Authentication using Preshared Secret – With this option, you can specify a preshared secret that should be used for authentication of XAUTH clients connected to this SA.

Require VPN Client Authentication via XAUTH – This option requires that all inbound traffic on this SA must be authenticated using XAUTH, to prevent unauthenticated traffic from entering the tunnel. An external OCSP service may be specified to validate SSL certificate validation for added protection.

Apply NAT Policies to VPN Tunnels – Select this option if you wish for the SonicWALL to translate either local, remote, or both networks connected through this tunnel.

Management via this SA – To use the tunnel for management of the SonicWALL appliance. User login via this SA – Allow remote users accessing SonicWALL through VPN tunnel. Tunnel Interface – Select this option to specify what interface this VPN Policy will apply on (defaults to WAN).

Easy Management

SonicWall VPN’s clientless connectivity feature makes providing remote employees secure access to a company network both flexible and straightforward, eliminating the need for pre-installed ‘fat’ VPN clients on users’ devices and making connection a simple process. This ease of management significantly lowers overall implementation costs as opposed to installing and configuring more involved IPSec or Netextender-based SSL VPN clients which require extensive setup processes on endpoints.

Dell (also known as SonicWALL) firewalls provide robust security and flexible connectivity solutions for networks of all sizes. From protecting PC applications on mobile devices through PC login credentials to safeguarding confidential communications between remote workers, these solutions help businesses of all kinds protect private communications and data while working remotely.

Setting up a SonicWall VPN on your firewall is extremely straightforward thanks to SonicWall’s Simple Client Provisioning, making the setup a quick process even for non-technical administrators. Log into your SonicWall and navigate to SSL VPN | Server Settings page where you’ll be able to configure GVC settings (4.10.7 was the latest release at time of writing).

Once you have configured your SonicWall VPN, clients can then access it by entering its WAN IP address and Ppassword into GVC software on their client computer. After this connection has been made, users are presented with a two-factor authentication challenge to authenticate themselves; miniOrange’s RADIUS server then checks whether this was successful before granting or denying access depending on its success.

By pairing Dell SonicWALL Clean VPN solution with an active Gateway Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware and Intrusion Prevention subscription on your network security appliance, enhanced layered security is possible. This offers powerful deep packet inspection that detects viruses, worms, Trojans and spyware present within VPN traffic.

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