Forcepoint Integrates Stonesoft® Next-Generation Firewall With Cloud Security Technologies

Susan Helmick
November 3, 2016, 6:44 am CDT

Forcepoint’s NGFW also receives NSS Labs’ rating of “Recommended” in Intrusion Prevention

AUSTIN, Texas – November 3, 2016 – Global cybersecurity leader Forcepoint today announced the successful integration and continued development of its Stonesoft® technology has led to an enhanced Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) offering, Stonesoft NGFW 6.1. Extending firewall protection to the cloud, NSS Labs “Recommended” Stonesoft NGFW 6.1 gives customers enhanced security, scalability and operational efficiency to centrally and securely deploy and manage devices around the world.

“The innovative technology underlying Stonesoft capabilities represents a key element of Forcepoint’s overall security vision,” said Antti Reijonen, VP of Network Security at Forcepoint. “This new release significantly improves Stonesoft’s security effectiveness, provides additional operation efficiencies, and expands support for evolving infrastructures while easing firewall deployment and administrative burdens on network security and operations staff.”

Stonesoft NGFW 6.1 now utilizes Forcepoint’s ThreatSeeker Intelligence Cloud to continually optimize its defensive capabilities, even against fast moving zero day threats. Customers are able to more efficiently manage networks, maintain high-availability and quickly respond to threats, incidents and opportunities whether on traditional networks or in the cloud.

In addition, Stonesoft NGFW 6.1 now enables virtual firewalls to be deployed in Amazon Web Services (AWS) while still being centrally administered alongside physical firewall appliances. This new capability makes it easier for organizations of all sizes to manage firewalls across campuses, remote offices and the cloud.

Stonesoft 6.1 also makes it possible for organizations to use Forcepoint’s Sidewinder Security Module on its next-generation firewalls. This proxy technology for UDP, TCP, HTTP and SSH delivers an extra level of security for mission-critical services and applications. As the only NGFW to have this technology, Stonesoft offers Sidewinder customers an upgrade path, giving them increased functionality and a single management console to more effectively manage their proxy-based security policies.

The Stonesoft NGFW has been successfully tested against more than 800 million Advanced Evasion Techniques (AETs), exposing rogue traffic via the application of centrally managed security policies and deep packet inspection. NSS Labs recently released its 2016 Next Generation Intrusion Prevention System Comparative Report (NGIPS) in which the Forcepoint Stonesoft NGFW received 99.9% block rate for security effectiveness and was “Recommended” for overall security effectiveness, performance, and total cost of ownership. Highlights from the report include:

  • Forcepoint Stonesoft NGFW blocked 100% of attacks against server applications, 99.8% of attacks against client applications, and 99.9% of attacks overall
  • Proprietary Forcepoint AET defenses proved effective against all attack evasion techniques tested
  • Forcepoint passed all of the stability and reliability tests

For more information on Stonesoft NGFW intrusion protection, scalability and management features visit

About Forcepoint

Forcepoint’s portfolio of products safeguards users, data and networks against the most determined adversaries, from accidental or malicious insider threats to outside attacks, across the entire threat lifecycle. Forcepoint protects data everywhere – in the cloud, on the road, in the office – simplifying compliance and enabling better decision-making and more efficient security. Forcepoint empowers organizations to concentrate on what’s most important to them while automating routine security tasks. More than 20,000 organizations around the world rely on Forcepoint. Based in Austin, Texas, with worldwide sales, service, security laboratories and product development, Forcepoint is a joint venture of Raytheon Company and Vista Equity Partners. For more about Forcepoint, visit and follow us on Twitter at @ForcepointSec.