Forcepoint Achieves Highest Overall Security Effectiveness Out of 10 Vendors in NSS Labs’ NGFW Test

Virginia Satrom
June 6, 2017, 10:24 am CDT

NSS Labs tests prove that Forcepoint NGFW offers the leading combination of enterprise security and low cost, making it particularly effective for SD-WAN and other modern networking initiatives

AUSTIN, Texas – June 6, 2017 – Global cybersecurity leader Forcepoint announced that its Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) blocked 99.95 percent of exploits in NSS Labs’ 2017 NGFW Test. Forcepoint is the only vendor to block 100 percent of tested exploits run from the NSS Labs static exploit library, and over a continuous live testing period of 31 days, blocked 99.89 percent of “drive-by” exploits that target client applications. NSS Labs is the leading independent, third-party assessment that tests network security products under real-world conditions.

“The security effectiveness of the Forcepoint NGFW 3301 was unsurpassed in the NSS Labs 2017 NGFW test,” said Thomas Skybakmoen, Distinguished Research Director at NSS Labs. “The Forcepoint NGFW should be on every company’s short list.”

Forcepoint’s firewall also blocked all evasions while properly identifying malicious content without any false positives, all at a low total cost of ownership.

As a result of these high enterprise security ratings and demonstrated operational efficiency, Forcepoint NGFW received its fifth consecutive “Recommended” rating since NSS Labs began testing next-generation firewalls.

“With Forcepoint NGFW, we are able to get best-in-class firewall protection and expert management with low upfront investments. The results our users have seen with Forcepoint NGFW have been extraordinary. I’m not surprised to see the Forcepoint NGFW receive the NSS Labs Recommended Rating,” said Hendrik Walter, IT director for Avency in Germany.

“Enterprises and government agencies are looking for more efficient ways to connect their people and data without exposing them to increasingly malicious attacks on their internal or wide area networks,” said Rob Ayoub, research director of Security Products at IDC. “Many organizations use NSS Labs test results as independent validation of security effectiveness and performance when selecting a next generation firewall.”

The Forcepoint NGFW integrates enterprise-class security with scalable, centralized management. It offers interactive visualizations for 360° visibility and rapid incident response throughout distributed networks – from data centers and headquarters to software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN)–enabled remote branches and the cloud.

Organizations are recognizing that a human-centric approach to network security better protects their employees, critical business data and intellectual property. This entails tighter integration of network management and security, which is particularly important for branches and remote offices where SD-WAN technologies provide greater access but require additional levels of cybersecurity. Forcepoint’s groundbreaking NGFW ratings validate that enables enterprises and global governments can have strong security and outstanding manageability in a single system.

“Forcepoint delivers the best combination of price and security among next-generation firewalls,” said Antti Reijonen, vice president and general manager of the Network Security business at Forcepoint. “Our breakthrough architecture uniquely combines centralized management with software-based security that has now been proven to surpass hardware-centric designs in both efficacy and efficiency. These innovations are a key part of Forcepoint’s strategy to protect the human point, where people and data come together.”

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