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The 2021 Tech Innovator Awards

Kyle Alspach

From among 373 applicants, CRN staff selected products spanning the IT industry—including in cloud, infrastructure, security, software and devices—that offer both strong differentiation and major partner opportunities.

Network Security - SMB


Check Point Quantum Spark

With its Quantum Spark series of gateways for SMBs, Check Point Software Technologies offers protection against advanced attacks on the network along with simplified deployment and management—reducing the need for cybersecurity skills within an SMB organization. Key capabilities for Quantum Spark include automated threat prevention, leveraging Check Point’s SandBlast Zero Day Protection and its more than 60 threat prevention services; rapid set-up through zero-touch provisioning; connectivity options including Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and integrated LTE modems; and management using any browser or via Check Point’s WatchTower mobile app, allowing for threat monitoring and mitigation directly from a mobile device.


Perimeter 81 Cloud Firewall

Perimeter 81 Cloud Firewall offers simplified management for customer networks, network resources and apps through a single point; visibility into granular network access throughout an organization; prevention of vulnerabilities; and an assurance that restricted apps, data and network resources can only be accessed by authorized personnel.

SonicWall SMA 100

SonicWall Secure Mobile Access (SMA) 100 Series offers secure remote access to corporate resources—from any device in any location, at any time—whether those resources are located on-premises or in the cloud. Advanced control options include a granular policy engine, app-level VPN and context-aware authorization capabilities.

Sophos Firewall

Recent updates to Sophos Firewall include the debut of new XGS Series appliances offering enhanced protection against zero-day threats. Among the key capabilities is improved TLS inspection of encrypted traffic—including native TLS 1.3 support—offering a 5X boost on speed.

Untangle Network Security Framework

Untangle’s Network Security Framework offers protection by bringing together the company’s NG Firewall and SD-WAN Router solutions. Untangle’s NG Firewall brings easy-to-configure protection policies and advanced filtering, while the company’s SD-WAN Router solution enables routing of traffic over a software-defined network.

WatchGuard Firebox M4800 and M5800

Aimed at meeting the network security needs of both in-office and at-home workforces, WatchGuard’s Firebox M4800 and M5800 appliances offer scanning engines to secure networks from spyware, malicious apps, botnets and viruses. The appliances provide security for all communications between an organization’s central office, remote employees and other business sites.

Kyle Alspach

Kyle Alspach is a Senior Editor at CRN focused on cybersecurity. His coverage spans news, analysis and deep dives on the cybersecurity industry, with a focus on fast-growing segments such as cloud security, application security and identity security.  He can be reached at

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