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NSS Labs 2017 NGFW Group Test

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NSS’ 2017 Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) Group Test evaluated 11 market-leading NGFW products on security effectiveness, performance, CAWS, and total cost of ownership (TCO). Seven of the 11 tested products achieved NSS Recommended ratings and 4 received a Caution rating.

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Key findings include:

  • Overall Security Effectiveness ranged from 25.8% to 99.9%, with seven of the 11 tested products achieving a rating greater than 78.5%
  • TCO per Protected Mbps ranged from US$5 to US$105, with most tested products costing less than US$22 per protected Mbps.
  • The average Security Effectiveness rating was 67.3%; seven of the tested products received an above-average Security Effectiveness rating, and four of the tested products received a below-average Security Effectiveness rating.
  • The average TCO per Protected Mbps was US$25.2; eight of the tested products were rated as having above- average value, and three of the tested products were rated as having below-average value.

Tested products:

  • Barracuda NextGen Firewall F600.E20 v7.0.2
  • Check Point Software Technologies 15600 Next Generation Threat Prevention (NGTP) Appliance R77.20
  • Cisco Firepower 4110 v6.1.0.1
  • Forcepoint NGFW 3301 Appliance v6.1.2
  • Fortinet FortiGate 3200D FortiOS v5.4.4 GA Build 1117
  • Fortinet FortiGate 600D FortiOS v5.4.4 GA Build 1117
  • Juniper Networks SRX 4200 v15.1X49-D75.5
  • Palo Alto Networks PA-5250 PAN-OS 8.0.0
  • SonicWall NSA 6600 SonicOS 6.2
  • Sophos XG-750 Firewall v16.01
  • WatchGuard Firebox M4600 v11.10.7

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To see how vendors performed on Security Effectiveness and TCO per Protected CPS, download a free copy of the NGFW SVM graphic using the form to the right. NSS clients can also download the NGFW Comparative Reports on TCO, Performance, SVM, Security, and CAWS here.

As with all NSS Labs group tests, there was no fee for participation. In addition, the test methodology applied is in the public domain to provide transparency and to help enterprises understand the results.

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