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Tuned Detection Success For Sourcefire in NSS Labs Test

Sourcefire : 14 January, 2011  (New Product)
Sourcefireís Intrusion Prevention System undergoes successful testing in NSS Labs independent trials and scoring 100% for anti-evasion
Sourcefire has announced that the Sourcefire Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) protected against 98 percent of all attacks and established a new industry record in NSS Labs’ recent independent tests. The results highlight Sourcefire IPS technology as the industry best - offering the most effective tuned detection of any Intrusion Prevention System tested.

"To combat today's evolving threats, organisations require security solutions that can be tailored to their unique environments and needs, which is why our evaluation process places significant focus and resources on the effectiveness of tuning detection," said Rick Moy, president, NSS Labs, Inc. "The Sourcefire 3D 4500 IPS, tuned by Sourcefire engineers, achieved the highest level of protection for the second year in a row. It should remain one of the top choices for organisations looking to leverage a network IPS."

For the second consecutive year, Sourcefire’s IPS took the top spot in tuned detection of any product tested and, once again, earned NSS Labs’ highest “Recommend” rating. The Sourcefire 3D 4500 Sensor, promoted by Sourcefire as a 2 Gbps IPS, actually achieved 3.2 Gbps of throughput, equating to 161 percent of its vendor-stated performance—the highest percentage of all IPS models tested. Additional highlights of Sourcefire’s test results include:

• Industry best 98 percent tuned security effectiveness

• Industry best 99 percent tuned detection of target-initiated


• Industry best 98 percent tuned coverage for vulnerabilities

reported between 2004 and 2010

• 100 percent anti-evasion coverage

“Focusing on customising and tuning our IPS is one of the critical ways we protect our business from threats that target our applications, systems and users,” said John South, chief security officer at Heartland Payment Systems, one of the nation’s largest payments processors.

“Sourcefire offers a premier IPS solution that enables us to protect against threats to our specific environment through IPS customisation coupled with automated tuning capabilities. NSS Labs’ findings further validate the effectiveness of Sourcefire’s technology.”

“The results of this test from NSS Labs highlight the importance of Intrusion Prevention technology in today’s dynamic enterprise networks. We are proud to lead the industry for a second consecutive year in blocking more attacks than any other IPS vendor,” said Matt Watchinski, Senior Director of Vulnerability Research at Sourcefire. “This year’s test reaffirms the importance of selecting an IPS solution that not only protects against current threats, but has the ability to adapt to new attacks, as well.”

Designed to address the challenges faced by IT professionals in selecting and managing security products, NSS Labs reports offer unbiased, actionable information based on real-world test data. Using its real-world testing methodology, NSS Labs compared 13 enterprise IPS solutions against 1,179 live exploits and six anti-evasion categories representing another 75 tests, in the industry’s most comprehensive test to date. All devices were tested twice, once using default policy settings and then again after being configured and tuned by each vendor’s technical experts. Ratings were then awarded based on the product’s security effectiveness, performance and total cost of ownership (TCO). Each product earned a rating of either “Recommend,” “Neutral,” or “Caution” based on its composite test results. Only the top technical products earned a Recommend rating, regardless of their market share, brand recognition or the company’s size.
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