Burger King Secures WLANs

Dolphin Fast Food consolidates wireless networks at its 19 Burger King franchises using a SonicWALL TZ Series and NSA Series Unified Threat Management (UTM) firewalls

September 4, 2009

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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. " September 2, 2009 " SonicWALL, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNWL), a leading secure network infrastructure company, today announced that Minneapolis-based Dolphin Fast Food, Inc., a subsidiary of Dolphin Staffing, has successfully consolidated its wireless networks at its 19 Burger King franchises using a SonicWALL' TZ Series and NSA Series Unified Threat Management (UTM) firewalls.

"SonicWALL helps us comply with both PCI and Burger King corporate policy, while simplifying the whole process of restaurant computer communications and WiFi," said Greg Dolphin, President of Dolphin Fast Food.

As a benefit to its Burger King customers, Dolphin Fast Food provides free-of-charge guest Internet access in each of its franchise dining rooms over a wireless local area network (WLAN). Each site also has a separate, segregated network for both the LAN supporting the point-of-sale (POS) cash register system and secured WLAN supporting the staff wireless. The company's original wireless deployment required the purchase, deployment and maintenance of a separate firewall, wireless access controller and DMZ router device for each location.

Dolphin's Systems Administrator, Adam Gilman, engaged the assistance of Mytech Partners, Inc., a SonicWALL' Gold Medallion Partner, in selecting a better, more consolidated solution. Mytech recommended a SonicWALL TZ series appliance at the distributed locations, and a SonicWALL Network Security Appliance (NSA) 3500 at corporate headquarters. The consolidated SonicWALL solution has eliminated cost and complexity, while enhancing wireless security.

"At each site, we were able to consolidate three separate devices into one SonicWALL TZ 190 Wireless," said Gilman.

The SonicWALL solution enables the company to comply with security requirements of the Burger King Corporation, including the ability to block content inappropriate to family-themed restaurant environments. The solution also enables the company to comply with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI) regulations for retailers conducting credit card transactions, including the ability to segregate the POS LAN from the guest WiFi WLAN.

"We were able to add gateway anti-virus, intrusion prevention, spyware protection and content filtering for our guest and staff WiFi," said Gilman. "We haven't had any major incidents since deployment. Our malware problems are essentially eliminated."

The solution has also improved performance and productivity. Previously, using Netgear firewalls, VPN connectivity for district managers visiting franchise locations was at best inconsistent. Now both customers and visiting management can depend on reliable service levels.

"Our VPN throughput has increased over three-fold, even while providing higher levels of encryption than before," said Gilman.

Gilman is also impressed with how the consolidated SonicWALL solution has simplified security administration.

"I've dealt with Cisco and Watchguard in the past," said Gilman. "The SonicWALL interface is so much easier to use, and the firewall is much more stable."

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 the implementation of the SonicWALL security solution. 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, 2008, 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.

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