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100% Protection Against Advanced Evasion Techniques

Stonesoft Networks : 14 January, 2011  (New Product)
The StoneGate IPS-1205 and 3205 IPS appliances have been tested by NSS Labs reporting complete protection from Advanced Evasion Techniques

Stonesoft has announced its StoneGate IPS-1205 and IPS-3205 intrusion prevention system (IPS) appliances were rated excellent in value purchase according to the latest Network Intrusion Prevention System Comparative Test Report from NSS Labs. Both appliances ranked in the top three in their respective performance categories for best price per Mbps protected and total cost of ownership (TCO) per real world throughput.


NSS Labs issues summary product guidance based on evaluation criteria that is important to information security professionals. Ratings were awarded based on the product’s security effectiveness, resistance to evasion, simplicity of management and value, i.e. low TCO and high effectiveness and performance rankings. Published on 31 December 2010, this report includes the results of extensive evaluations of 13 Network IPS products from 11 vendors. Stonesoft IPS appliances received Neutral rating from NSS Labs, indicating that they performed reasonably well and should continue to be used if it is the incumbent within an organisation. Products that earn a Neutral rating from NSS Labs deserve consideration during the purchasing process.


Stonesoft’s StoneGate IPS-1205 and IPS-3205 appliances were rated excellent in value purchase.


“It can be seen from the NSS Labs test results that StoneGate IPS appliances IPS-1205 and IPS-3205 ranked in the top-3 in both in the best price per Mbps-protected and TCO per real-world throughput in their respective performance categories”, said Tomi Kononow, IPS Product Manager at Stonesoft.


According to the NSS Labs test report, in the sub-gigabit category, the StoneGate IPS-1205 provided the best price per Mbps-protected:


"At only $133 per Protected-Megabit, the Stonesoft 1205 provides the best price per Mbps-protected in the sub-gigabit category and is an excellent value purchase for enterprises looking to protect DMZs and datacentres.“


In the high-end appliance category, the StoneGate IPS-3205 had the 2nd lowest 3-year TCO:


"At only $62 per Protected-Megabit, the Stonesoft 3205 is an excellent value purchase for enterprises looking to protect DMZs and datacenters."


Stonesoft’s appliances were also recognised for their extremely intuitive and easy to use management centres:


“Stonesoft‘s Management Centre builds on its firewall management and is extremely intuitive and easy to use. Deploying Stonesoft‘s pre-defined policies is simple and efficient. It took almost no time to setup, configure and tune.”



On the heels of Stonesoft’s recent discovery of advanced evasion techniques (AETs), evasion detection and prevention has become a major area of research and development at Stonesoft. While NSS Labs did not test against AETs, the StoneGate IPS-1205 and IPS-3205 successfully handled 100 percent of NSS Labs’ traditional evasion attempts without error.


During Q3 2010, NSS Labs tested leading IPS solutions as an update to their Q4 2009 test. The test included a total of 1,179 unique exploits, whereas NSS Labs retired 92 attacks and added 112 new exploits as compared with the 2009 IPS Group Test. In addition, the test included a new and increasingly important evasion category: HTML evasions. According to the test report, HTML evasions represent the fastest growing threat to enterprises.


"We are proud of the good results delivered by our StoneGate IPS appliance and look forward to further improvements in 2011. We also expect NSS Labs to further raise the bar in the 2011 test by incorporating the AET tools in their testing suite. This ensures that all vendors are truly capable of performing traffic normalisation for the protocols themselves regardless of the evasion technique used", comments Antti Kuvaja, Director, Product Management, at Stonesoft.”

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