NSS Labs Announces Initial Results from Next Generation Firewall Testing

Product Test Reports Available with All New Management Criteria & Analysis

CARLSBAD, Calif., December 14, 2011 - NSS Labs, Inc., the independent test-based analyst firm, today announced updates to its Next Generation Firewall Testing Series, as well as a new Firewall Group Test.

As organizations evaluate replacing and upgrading firewalls, potentially to NGFWs, they need to validate their key requirements are met. NSS is the only source for in-depth, test-based expertise, and is currently running two simultaneous group tests for both NGFWs and traditional firewalls. Our test-based research clients now have access to evaluation criteria, test methodologies, select product test reports, and analyst expertise.

Key findings from the industry’s first NGFW test indicate:

  • Performance, connection dynamics and latency issues are a critical failure point for devices, making them less suitable for large scale deployments
  • Some NGFWs are overlooking basic requirements of traditional firewalls, introducing risk and complexity in large scale deployments
  • Some unexpected contenders are demonstrating they can rise to the challenge of enterprise deployments.
  • Successful NGFW products do more than just add FW, IPS and application control.

All leading network firewall vendors were invited to participate in the test at no cost. All testing is conducted independently and was not paid for by any vendor. Vendor products being tested include:

  • Barracuda
  • Check Point
  • Fortinet
  • Juniper
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • SonicWALL
  • Stonesoft

Vendors who did not have an NGFW ready for market include: Cisco, HP TippingPoint, McAfee, Sourcefire. Individual product test reports will be made available on a rolling basis, with two available immediately: Barracuda and Palo Alto Networks. Clients may access research content here.

NSS Labs is also announcing a new report and analysis structure to benefit clients by tailoring information to specific job roles within the organization, while providing detailed test data as well as comparative analysis and guidance not available anywhere else.

About NSS Labs, Inc.

NSS Labs, Inc. is the leading independent, information security research and testing organization. Its expert analyses provide information technology professionals with the unbiased data they need to select and maintain complex security products for their organizations. Pioneering intrusion detection and prevention system testing with the publication of the first such test criteria in 1999, NSS Labs evaluates firewall, unified threat management, anti-malware, encryption, web application firewall, and other technologies on a regular basis. The firm’s real-world test methodology is the only one to assess security products against live Internet threats. NSS Labs tests are considered the most aggressive in the industry. Founded in 1991, the company has offices in Carlsbad, California and Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.nsslabs.com.