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SonicWALL Receives Technology & Learning 2003 Award of Excellence; SOHO TZW Wireless Solution Brings Secure Mobility to Schools.

SonicWALL, Inc. , a leading provider of comprehensive Internet security solutions, today announced that its SOHO TZW Education Edition has won a Technology & Learning Award of Excellence 2003 in the 'Security and Utility Programs' category. This award is granted to the best K-12 education technology products announced over the past year.

In the evaluation process, educator-judges spent hours test-driving the nearly 150 technology products submitted, and rating products on their quality and effectiveness, ease of use, creative use of technology, and suitability for the school environment. Each product also went through three rounds of judging by educators and the Technology & Learning Magazine editorial team.

"The evaluation process was rigorous and involved product testing by more than 30 educators over a period of several weeks," said Technology & Learning editor-in-chief Susan McLester. "The SonicWALL SOHO TZW stood out as a product that addressed the emerging needs for mobility and security in the Education market, in an easy-to-use and uniquely integrated solution."

"We're honored to receive the Technology and Learning Award of Excellence," said Douglas Brockett, SonicWALL vice president of worldwide marketing. "New technologies like wireless networking expand education opportunities for schools, but also expose schools to new security threats. The SOHO TZW, the industry's first secure wireless gateway, provides a safe and productive mobile learning environment."

About the SOHO TZW Education Edition

The SOHO TZW Education Edition combines the SonicWALL SOHO TZW secure wireless gateway with SonicWALL's powerful Content Filtering Service 2.0, giving schools and districts wireless connectivity for mobile learning, and comprehensive Internet access controls to protect students from objectionable Web content.

The SOHO TZW combines secure 802.11b wireless access, firewall, and VPN technologies for both wired and wireless security. The SOHO TZW provides easy to use setup wizards for a variety of deployment scenarios. The appliance can be deployed as a combination firewall, VPN and gateway to provide both LAN and Wireless LAN trusted zones.

SonicWALL Content Filtering Service 2.0 enforces web access policies by combining a virtually unlimited, dynamic URL database with SonicWALL's unique and innovative rating and caching architecture. A distributed, Internet-based URL database rates questionable or inappropriate web content into 12 categories. The SonicWALL Content Filtering policy on the SonicWALL SOHO TZW uses this rating information to enforce the desired levels of access for groups and individuals. SonicWALL's unique architecture then caches the results on the appliance for immediate access in the future.

About TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING

TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING is a national publication for education technology leaders. Published by CMP Media, LLC, San Francisco, it is the magazine that provides K-12 educators with essential resources for managing, teaching, and training with technology. TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING has a circulation of 81,673. For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.techlearning.com/.

CMP Media LLC

CMP Media LLC ( http://www.cmp.com/ ) is a leading integrated media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum -- the builders, sellers and users of technology worldwide. Capitalizing on its editorial strength, CMP is uniquely positioned to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated media solutions tailored to meet their individual needs. Its diverse products and services include newspapers, magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education and training, trade shows and conferences and custom publishing.

About SonicWALL, Inc.

SonicWALL, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated Internet security appliances offering access security, transaction security and security services for the enterprise, e-commerce, SMB, education, healthcare and retail point-of-sale markets. Core technologies include firewall, VPN, content filtering, anti virus, SSL, high availability, and vulnerability assessment. Together, these products and technologies provide the most comprehensive Distributed Security Architecture available.

SonicWALL is a charter member of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that promotes the use of information technologies and the Internet in K-12 education. SonicWALL is a proud sponsor of CoSN's Cyber Security for the Digital District, a leadership initiative designed to provide education technology leaders and policy-makers with strategies and tools they can use to ensure the privacy of data and the safe operation of technology within their school systems.

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA., SonicWALL trades on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol SNWL. For more information, contact SonicWALL at 408-745-9600 or 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 statements that can be identified in some cases by terms such as "may," "will," "could," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "intend," or "continue," the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology. The forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements regarding the ability of the SonicWALL SOHO TZW to address the needs of the educational market, the ease-of-use of SonicWALL's products, and the performance capabilities of our products. 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. These risks include but are not limited to: our reliance on sales to distributors and resellers; general risks associated with international sales; risks associated with the recent changes in our senior management; the risk that the development of our new products will be delayed or that our competitors will develop products similar to ours; and the risk that our recent restructurings will have an adverse effect on our business. 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, 2002 and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended subsequent to December 31, 2002, 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.

CONTACT: Kristin Fabos of SonicWALL, Inc., +1-408-962-7108, or kfabos@sonicwall.com; or Diane Ugolik of SHIFT Communications, +1-415-591-8403, or dugolik@shiftcomm.com, for SonicWALL

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