Forcepoint stonesoft NGFW earns NSS labs’ highest rating

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News Article
4 March 2016

Forcepoint Stonesoft Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) earns NSS Labs’ Top Rating for the Fourth Consecutive Year

• Records perfect score (100%) for blocking all Evasions, incl AETs  • No false positives on non-malicious content 

Global cybersecurity leader Forcepoint™ announced today that the Forcepoint™ Stonesoft® Next Generation Firewall earned NSS Labs’ coveted “Recommended” rating for the 4th consecutive year in the NSS Labs Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) Test – an independent, real-world, third-party assessment. In the tests, Forcepoint Stonesoft NGFW demonstrated a strong combination of security, performance and TCO efficiency, recording a perfect score (100%) for blocking all Evasions and registering no false positives on non-malicious content.

“We are proud of earning the NSS Labs ‘Recommended’ rating for the fourth year,” said Antti Reijonen, Vice President of Network Security at Forcepoint, “Having a trusted third party validate the security efficacy and total cost of ownership of our product  gives our customers valuable insight needed to choose Forcepoint Stonesoft NGFW with confidence.

“Forcepoint was created to empower organizations to drive their business forward by safely embracing transformative technologies such as the cloud, mobile, and the Internet of Things (IoT),” said John McCormack, Forcepoint CEO. “One of our driving goals is to increase efficacy while also boosting the efficiency of scarce security professionals The Forcepoint Stonesoft NGFW, with performance validated by NSS Labs, stops threats, including 100% of advanced evasions, without producing time-wasting false positive alerts. Receiving the coveted ‘Recommended’ designation year after year is a credit to our team, our product architecture and the research needed to keep up with the always-evolving threat landscape.”

The Forcepoint Stonesoft Next Generation Firewall meets demands by integrating application control, “zero-touch” manageability, resilience across multiple layers, strong security capability, and an intrusion prevention system (IPS) into a single solution that is cost-effective and easy to deploy. It has a unique resiliency against advanced evasion techniques (AETs) that evade other devices, and delivers exfiltration protection using both application and endpoint intelligence.

The NSS Labs NGFW test used to benchmark the Forcepoint Stonesoft NGFW utilized a rigorous and thorough testing methodology designed to reflect the challenges faced by IT professionals in detecting previously unknown and often targeted attacks engineered to circumvent conventional endpoint and perimeter security solutions.

For 2016, the testing protocol included NSS Labs’ new Cyber Advanced Warning System™ (CAWS) for the live stack portion of its security effectiveness testing. CAWS is the world’s first and only security as a service (SaaS) solution that pinpoints active exploits, identifies targeted asset types, and measures security product effectiveness against exploits continuously. Given the highly dynamic nature of threats, CAWS’ continuous threat handling insight is a significant improvement in providing purchase and risk mitigation guidance to enterprise security teams.