NSS Labs Tests Reveal Overall Performance and Security Effectiveness of Next Generation Firewalls Lag Behind Dedicated Firewall and Intrusion Prevention Solutions
AUSTIN, TX - NSS Labs today released the final results and analysis from its 2012 Group Test for Next Generation Firewall (NGFW), which evaluated products from 8 leading NGFW vendors. This was the first group test conducted by NSS Labs for NGFW and results show that many products in the market need to mature in order to be ready for effective enterprise deployments.
NGFW Market Must Mature to Fully Meet Large Enterprise Requirements
While the changing threat landscape and ever-growing use of Web 2.0 technologies increasingly challenge traditional firewalls to evolve, NSS Labs concludes that current NGFW features, such as more granular application controls, frequently come with trade-offs. Testing reveals that most of the available NGFW solutions fall short in performance and security effectiveness when compared to combining traditional dedicated legacy firewalls and intrusion prevention systems (IPS).
Commentary: Francisco Artes, Research Director
"Vendors turned in a good first showing, however there is significant room for NGFW technologies as a whole to improve before they are widely deployed in large enterprises," said Francisco Artes, Research Director at NSS Labs. "It's natural for enterprises to consider NGFW technology as their existing firewall and IPS defenses near replacement or renewal. However, until vendors improve overall stability, leakage, performance and security effectiveness, customers will be better served taking an incremental approach to introducing NGFW products to their networks."
The 2012 NGFW Security Value Map™, Comparative Analysis Reports™, and Product Analysis Reports™ for each vendor are currently available to NSS Labs' subscribers at www.nsslabs.com.
The products covered in the 2012 NGFW Group Test are:
NSS Labs did not receive any compensation in return for vendor participation; All testing and research was conducted free of charge.
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