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Dell World: CIO PowerBoard launched to offer insight into network and threats

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Dell has announced the launch of the CIO PowerBoard to provide a unified view of a user's environment and stay on top of network security threats.

Saying that it aims to simplify IT challenges for customers with new software for management, security, mobility and data recovery, it combines technology from SonicWall, Quest, AppAssure and Kace to give a unified and open software interface that will allow organisations to maximise visibility and management across their preferred solution suites.

The Dell SonicWall Security Portal includes a threat centre for an up-to-date view into the current landscape of malware, intrusions and application usage information transmitted from sensors around the globe. This allows uses to view data from around the world and create customised graphs to see a variety of telemetry data ranging from country of origin, threat type and top attacks and much more.

The Dell SonicWall Security Portal also contains a 'Security Education' section containing product-neutral materials such as blogs, white papers, webinars, e-books and security-related games.

Speaking to SC Magazine, Daniel Ayoub, product marketing manager for Dell SonicWall, said that every time an attack is blocked the telemetry data is collected and sent to the Threat Centre. “You can see from one day to 60 days and choose a category from malware, intrusions and applications and average figure is created,” he said.

“This gives you an insight into what is going on and it really give you an interface to drill down into but also with an educational context. It is not just statistics, but a learning process too.”

The portal is free to download and it will eventually be integrated into all of Dell's sectors.

Carol Fawcett, CIO of Dell Software, said: “CIOs need to respond to ever changing IT environments while business goes on and orders are being placed and processed. If a system is unresponsive, we need to understand when it started and why, in order to quickly engage the right IT skill in order to resolve the issue. Having an end-to-end view like CIO Powerboard will give CIOs this critical information in a simple and efficient manner to help maintain business continuity.”

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