NSS Labs has just completed their latest Next-Gen Firewall (NGFW) group test for 2017, evaluating 11 market-leading NGFW products on security effectiveness, performance, and total cost of ownership.
For those of you unfamiliar with NSS Labs, they are the most respected and recognized independent test house for next-generation firewalls. They submit all vendors to a rigorous and grueling multi-month test cycle that pushes the product to the limit. They thoroughly test the antivirus and IPS engines against a battery of sophisticated real-world attacks and evasion techniques. All the while, they are monitoring detections, false positives, and performance. They also provide an interesting TCO assessment based on price per protected Mbps, which provides a very clear indicator of real-world value.