Network Security Manager SaaS Getting Started Guide

Overview

SonicWall’s Network Security Manager is a web-based application that centralizes management for the SonicWall family of network security appliances.

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About NSM

SonicWallNetwork Security Manager (NSM) is the next generation firewall management application that provides a holistic approach to security management. The approach is grounded in the principles of simplifying and automating various tasks to achieve better security operation and decision-making, while reducing the complexity and time required. NSM gives you everything you need for firewall management; it provides comprehensive visibility, granular control and the capacity to govern the entire SonicWall network security operations with greater clarity, precision and speed. This is all managed from a single, function-packed interface that can be accessed from any location using a browser-enable device. Firewalls can be centrally managed to provision all of the network security services with a single-pane-of-glass experience.

NSM offers many salient features:

  • On-boarding hundreds of devices with Zero-Touch Deployment easily
  • Group devices based on geographic location, business functions or customers with Device Groups
  • Enforce consistent security across all your devices with Device Templates
  • Make informed decision and policy actions to any threat, quickly and in real time, with detailed reporting and powerful analytics

System Requirements

Your infrastructure must meet certain minimum requirements for the following:

Browsers Levels

NSM is a cloud service that can be accessed over the internet by using one of these supported browsers:

Browser SupportedNotes
Google Chrome

Latest version

This is the preferred browser for the real-time graphics display on the Dashboard.

Apple SafariLatest version
Microsoft Edge Latest version
Mozilla FirefoxLatest version

Firewall Types and Firmware

The following firewall models can be managed by the Network Security Manager services.

ManagementReportingAnalytics
Entry Level Firewalls

SOHO W

TZ Series

NSv 10-100

SOHO W

TZ Series

NSv 10-100

SOHO W

TZ Series

NSv 10-100

Mid Range Firewalls

NSa 2500-6600

NSa 2650-6650

NSv 200-400

NSa 2500-6600

NSa 2650-6650

NSv 200-400

NSa 2500-6600

NSa 2650-6650

NSv 200-400

High-End Firewalls

SuperMassive 9000

12K Series

NSa 9250-9650

NSv 800-1600

NSM On-Premises can store the logs locally and with management in CSC-MA.NSM On-Premises can store the logs locally and with management in CSC-MA.
Zero Touch Deployment

SOHO-W with firmware 6.5.2 or later

TZ Series, NSA Series, NSa Series with firmware 6.5.1.1 or later

Not supported for SOHO, NSv Series or SuperMassive Series

Additional requirements include:

  • Each firewall needs to be licensed with the Comprehensive/Advanced Gateway Security Suite (CGSS/AGSS).
  • The firewalls in the configuration must be a part of a tenant.
  • Each firewall must have HTTPS management enabled.

For manually added firewalls, if a firewall is behind a NAT device, the HTTPS management port must be opened to communicate with the firewall. This does not apply to firewalls that use Zero Touch Deployment.

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