Want to conduct a proof-of-concept or comparative product test not covered by existing NSS Labs research? Take advantage of NSS Labs Private Testing services.



Leverage World-Class Expertise

NSS Labs has assembled a unique team of world-class security analysts who know how to push security products to their limits. This team of specialists has years of experience and knowledge that cannot be learned in a class or from a book. The team's hacker mindset, combined with a quality assurance discipline, is why NSS Labs uncovers flaws that others miss.  And our findings are confidential. We work for you.

Reduce Costs

For many organizations, testing correctly is cost-prohibitive. Not every organization has the time, expertise or resources to perform their own testing. There is no single, "push-and-play" test tool requiring little effort to run. Multiple systems and experienced personnel are needed. These resources can take a great deal of time and money to obtain.  That’s where we come in.

NSS Labs Testing Services leverages the experienced personnel and high-end equipment already in place at the firm's research facility in Austin, Texas to help clients drive better outcomes with their testing projects

Reduce Stress

NSS Labs can do the testing for you.  We augment the work your team is already doing, so that your overtaxed resources can do things that otherwise might not get done.  We provide confidential testing services, standard or custom test plans, and the expertise on how to set up and run a test. Our custom testing can include security effectiveness, performance, manageability, as well as financial and risk analysis for the products you are considering.  

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  • Security effectiveness against malware, phishing, exploits, etc.

  • Throughput and performance measurement. What can the product realistically achieve?

  • Usability and management assessment of critical features.

  • Stability and reliability.

Private testing services costs are based upon the number of use cases and time involved configuring the environment and products, executing the appropriate tests, and analyzing the results. Testing is anticipated to leverage existing NSS Labs methodologies and shall include relevant content from our attack libraries, as well as vulnerable target machines that correspond to client asset deployments.

NSS Labs utilizes best-of-breed testing tools; proprietary, commercial and open source.


Proof of Concept Testing

After short-listing several products, now you’re ready to see if they’ll perform as needed under your live network conditions. But it’s risky to put the products in production without further testing. Real-world proof of concept testing leverages a replica of your network environment to safely evaluate the candidate products.

Continuous Testing / Continuous Security Validation

Vendors release updates to products continually. History has shown that these updates can dramatically affect the security effectiveness of the product. Remove the risk by testing updates before deploying them. 

Product Stability & Reliability

This testing regimen evaluates the integrity of a product and its ability to withstand attack. Methodology details vary based on the technology, but generally include mutation, fuzzing and advanced exploitation techniques.

User-defined test criteria

Contact us to create a custom test plan to meet your organization’s needs.

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How do you know how effective your security is?  How do your defenses stack up against the current threats? NSS Labs can help you assess risk. From next generation firewalls to breach detection systems, advanced endpoint protection, secure web gateways, intrusion prevention systems and more – both physical and virtual – our team possesses an unmatched breadth and depth of knowledge needed to properly measure security technologies.

Our engineers, analysts, and specialists work with clients every day to solve top solution priorities and determine life cycle costs of the products they are considering.


NSS Labs is the only cybersecurity company in the world capable of extending rigorous security effectiveness testing into continuous product monitoring.  In real time, we track adversaries' active exploit, malware, and phishing campaigns, as well as the capabilities of vendor solutions to defend against those attacks.  We continuously test the effectiveness of specific security products' protective measures and can even continuous validate the effectiveness of your security solutions with your policies and configurations.