Sophos XG Fire­wall among high­est per­form­ing prod­ucts by NSS Labs

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

Sophos, a global leader in net­work and end­point se­cu­rity yes­ter­day an­nounced that NSS Labs has rated the Sophos XG Fire­wall as one of the high­est per­form­ing fire­walls in the in­dus­try in its most re­cent Next-Gen­er­a­tion Fire­wall Group Test Re­port. The XG Fire­wall was “Recommended” as one of the top three prod­ucts for se­cu­rity ef­fec­tive­ness. It passed all sta­bil­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity tests, of­fer­ing some of the high­est levels of protection and per­for­mance at great value. The NSS Labs eval­u­a­tion in­cluded 11 mar­ket lead­ing next-gen­er­a­tion fire­walls which were rated for se­cu­rity ef­fec­tive­ness, per­for­mance, sta­bil­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity, and to­tal cost of own­er­ship (TCO). The Sophos XG Fire­wall out-per­formed many other mar­ket-lead­ing prod­ucts across the strin­gent test cri­te­ria, plac­ing it amongst the top-ranks of the seven prod­ucts that also earned the NSS Labs ‘Recommended’ rat­ing.

Vi­tal tool

“Trusted, in­de­pen­dent test­ing is a vi­tal tool for any or­ga­ni­za­tion as­sess­ing its se­cu­rity needs. NSS Labs plays a crit­i­cal role in de­ter­min­ing which prod­ucts de­serve their place on the IT se­cu­rity short­list,” com­mented Dan Schi­appa, se­nior vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of the En­duser and Net­work Se­cu­rity groups at Sophos. “Sophos is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing the most ef­fec­tive and easy to man­age se­cu­rity prod­ucts for or­ga­ni­za­tions of all sizes. We are proud that this NSS Labs test val­i­dates the XG Fire­wall as a leader in the in­dus­try for protection, per­for­mance, and value. We con­tinue to in­vest heav­ily in our next-gen­er­a­tion fire­wall plat­form as we en­hance our syn­chro­nized se­cu­rity strat­egy. As proven by the re­cent Wan­naCry out­break, ef­fec­tive net­work protection pre­vents the spread of so­phis­ti­cated, fast mov­ing at­tacks and will re­main a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of any com­pre­hen­sive se­cu­rity strat­egy for years to come.”

Thomas Sky­bak­moen, dis­tin­guished re­search direc­tor from NSS Labs com­mented, “We con­tinue to de­velop and main­tain rig­or­ous test­ing stan­dards to re­flect en­ter­prise de­fenses that are con­stantly be­ing chal­lenged by at­tack­ers and adopt­ing new eva­sion tech­niques at a record pace. The Sophos XG Fire­wall has ex­e­cuted well in this eval­u­a­tion with high levels of se­cu­rity ef­fec­tive­ness and zero false pos­i­tives.”

A copy of the NSS Labs Next-Gen­er­a­tion Fire­wall Test Re­port for the Sophos XG-750 Fire­wall and the as­so­ci­ated Se­cu­rity Value Map (SVM) graphic, which plots all ven­dors in­cluded in the eval­u­a­tion are avail­able from the Sophos web­site, here.

Re­leased in De­cem­ber 2016, the lat­est ver­sion of the next-gen­er­a­tion Sophos XG Fire­wall added sig­nif­i­cant new fea­tures in­clud­ing: 1. Sophos Sand­storm - Blocks eva­sive zero-day threats like ran­somware, dis­guised as ex­e­cuta­bles, PDFs and Mi­crosoft Of­fice doc­u­ments - send­ing them to its cloud-sand­box to be det­o­nated and ob­served in a safe en­vi­ron­ment. 2. Syn­chro­nized Se­cu­rity - Ex­tends Se­cu­rity Heart­beat by adding miss­ing heart­beat de­tec­tion and des­ti­na­tion Heart­beat protection. Con­trol ac­cess to end­points and servers based on the sta­tus of their heart­beat, re­strict­ing po­ten­tially com­pro­mised sys­tems un­til they are com­pletely safe. In ad­di­tion, the XG Fire­wall can de­ter­mine the ap­pli­ca­tion re­spon­si­ble for gen­er­at­ing un­known traf­fic on your net­work. 3. En­ter­prise-Grade Se­cure Web Gate­way (SWG) - New in­her­i­tance-based pol­icy build­ing tool en­ables mul­ti­ple user and group based web con­trol poli­cies. Plug a full web pol­icy into a sin­gle fire­wall rule for en­force­ment - dra­mat­i­cally re­duc­ing rule count. 4. Mi­crosoft Azure Sup­port - Avail­able as a pre­con­fig­ured vir­tual ma­chine within the Azure Mar­ket­place, IT man­agers can de­ploy seam­lessly us­ing Azure Re­source Man­ager tem­plates or cus­tom­ize de­ploy­ment ac­cord­ing to their needs. Sophos XG Fire­wall pro­vides de­tailed, out-of-the-box re­ports that are gen­er­ated and stored lo­cally, giv­ing them a view of ex­actly what their users are do­ing. 5. Stream­lined User Ex­pe­ri­ence - XG Fire­wall makes man­ag­ing net­work se­cu­rity eas­ier than ever with all-new nav­i­ga­tion with a log­i­cally or­ga­nized menu and tabs for click ac­cess to any­where. Stream­lined fire­wall rule screen makes it eas­ier and more in­tu­itive to build so­phis­ti­cated rules. The Sophos XG Fire­wall is avail­able on­premise as a hard­ware ap­pli­ance or for all the ma­jor vir­tu­al­iza­tion plat­forms as well as through the Mi­crosoft Azure mar­ket­place for se­cur­ing in­fras­truc­ture-as-a-ser­vice de­ploy­ments in the cloud. Avail­able mod­els range from a desk­top ap­pli­ance with in­te­grated Wi-Fi to rack-mount ap­pli­ances pur­pose built for the data cen­ter. Pric­ing is avail­able from au­tho­rized Sophos part­ners world­wide.

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