Restaurant Group Provides Secure Wi-Fi With SonicWALL Technology

SonicWALL Inc., provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today announced that BRAVO BRIO Restaurant Group Inc., has selected the SonicWALL Clean Wireless solution to provide network security and data protection solutions for its 85 high-volume, full-service restaurants in the U.S., including the upscale affordable BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and Brio Tuscan Grille.

BRAVO BRIO Restaurant Group realized it could differentiate itself in the upscale affordable dining segment by providing wireless access for its guests. To offer this service and ensure PCI compliance for its distributed network across all locations in 29 states, the restaurant group selected the SonicWALL Clean Wireless solution, consisting of SonicWALL TZ 210 Wireless-N firewalls and SonicPoint-Ni wireless access points at each site.

A key component of every SonicWALL firewall is the secure wireless switch and controller, which automatically detects and configures SonicWALL SonicPoint wireless access points and reduces administrative overhead. In addition, the TZ 210 Wireless-N provides firewall protection, application control, intrusion prevention and Internet content filtering for all wireless traffic.

By adding managed SonicPoint access points, BRAVO BRIO was able to not only extend its high-speed wireless network with the same security as its wired network, but also offer secure Wi-Fi access for customers. The SonicPoint access points will also allow BRAVO BRIO to pilot innovative mobility initiatives in the future.

"We offer our customers an outstanding culinary experience, and offering easy access to Wi-Fi represents our understanding of extended customer service. But protecting the data of our customers is absolutely critical," said Kathleen Chugh, vice president of information technology at Bravo Brio Restaurant Group. "SonicWALL's Clean Wireless solution provides all the security features we need right at the perimeter. Wi-Fi access helps us differentiate our offerings and drives banquet business revenue and profitability."

Cerdant, one of the largest SonicWALL Medallion Gold partners in North America, managed the roll-out and is responsible for the ongoing management of the devices.

"SonicWALL Clean Wireless was a very good fit for BRAVO BRIO. They needed an experienced partner to manage their network, provide them with a Wi-Fi solution for their guests and address many of their PCI requirements such as security monitoring and rogue access point detection," said Mike Johnson, president and CEO at Cerdant.

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