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Nanette Lepore Standardizes on SonicWALL Technology For Its Network Security Infrastructure
Jul 16, 2008 (08:07 AM EDT)


SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SonicWALL, Inc. , a leading secure network infrastructure company, today announced that internationally-known haute couture designer Nanette Lepore has selected SonicWALL technology to provide secure access to its distributed network and protect its Point of Sale system for all credit card transactions. Since implementing the SonicWALL infrastructure in 2007, Nanette Lepore has streamlined the network security infrastructure as well as protected both customers and employees from sophisticated and damaging security threats and credit card fraud.

"Unless a company is looking to implement a full blown IT staff, they have to look for a way and means of being able to manage the network with a very small staff and implement the best technology that requires minimal support," said Jose Cruz, Network Specialist for Nanette Lepore. "SonicWALL helps streamline IT while maintaining an effective IT presence within the company."

Nanette Lepore's Implementation:

Nanette Lepore is a haute couture fashion designer who works with high end clientele. In addition to having 10 boutiques in the states, one in London and one in Tokyo, her clothes can be found in premier retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Because of the distributed nature of Nanette Lepore's business, the company hired two full-time employees, including Cruz, to help manage and maintain each store's technology, POS, and inventory at the retail warehouse.

On Saturday, October 20, 2007, the FBI notified Nanette Lepore that hackers had compromised 1,300 credit and debit cards. Hackers had penetrated a supposedly secure network environment, changed the configuration file for the Netopia router, compromised its point of sale system, taken screen captures of customers' credit card purchases and then sold these stolen IDs to a buyer in Spain. Nanette Lepore was forced to shut down stores in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York, for 1-2 days, losing approximately $1-$1.5 million worth of business. Cruz immediately called Nanette Lepore's systems integrator, Webistix, asking for a review to create PCI compliant network security. Webistix analyzed the situation that very weekend and, based on their recommendation, Nanette Lepore selected SonicWALL for its network security.

"Webistix recommended SonicWALL to secure our network environment after reviewing PCI compliant Spec sheets," said Cruz. "We then engaged a PCI Auditor to target the Las Vegas store and attempt to breach the security. We passed with flying colors. From that point on, I installed SonicWALL TZ 180s in all of our stores."

Using SonicWALL, Nanette Lepore went from having a demonstrably vulnerable security system to being locked down to a point where the service company could not access the network for maintenance. All visitors -- whether it be network maintenance or investors -- have a temporary account with a timer on it. Nanette Lepore uses seven of SonicWALL's security solutions to protect its distributed network across the stores and its main warehouse, Point of Sales system, inventory management and business applications. Products used include the PRO 3060, the TZ 180, the SSL-VPN 2000, CDP 4440i and SES 300.

With SonicWALL's SSL-VPN, Nanette Employees can securely and remotely access their retail and inventory databases from a wide range of devices (a Mac, Powerbook, iPhone or a pocketPC) on multiple platforms (Mac or PC). With SonicWALL's CDP, Nanette Lepore is able to plug-and-play external hard drives and backup scripts instead of manually backing up tapes in the drives. The E- mail security and spam blocking solution blocks up to 25,000 spam emails per day.

Cruz has gone from spending an entire day trying to trouble shoot a down network and server to having no security problems at all. Now most of Cruz's time is spent reengineering the desktops and trying to think of new ways for the workflow of the design staff to go from the creative end to the finished product. Future uses include upgrading the TZ 180s and implementing WiFi in all of Nanette's conference rooms.

"Nanette Lepore has a reputation for being on time with all of our deliveries because of the way we do things. We're known as a leader and innovator in the industry," said Cruz. "After using SonicWALL, we have been able to enhance the value of this company. Our success has opened the eyes of a lot of people."

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/ .

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 deployment of SonicWALL solutions. 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.

CONTACT: Colleen Nichols, +1-408-962-6131, cnichols@sonicwall.com, orSarah London, +1-408-962-6163, , both of SonicWALL,Inc.

Web site: http://www.sonicwall.com/