WatchGuard Technologies Delivers a Leading Combination of Security and Value in NSS Labs' Analysis of Next Gen Firewall Appliances

WatchGuard XTM 1525 blocks 97.8 percent of all tested attacks and proves effective against all evasion techniques

24 September 2014 – WatchGuard® Technologies’ XTM 1525 is one of the top-rated Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW) based on a real-world comparative analysis by NSS Labs. Designed forthe enterprise, the XTM 1525 delivers a leading combination of security effectiveness and value in terms of both the cost per protected Mbps and security effectiveness.

According to the report, the XTM 1525 blocked 96.7 percent of attacks against server applications, 98.7 percent of attacks against client applications and 97.8 percent overall. It proved effective against all evasion techniques tested and passed all the stability and reliability tests.

“Understanding the real-world performance and security effectiveness of next generation firewalls is vital for organisations that are looking to invest in these technologies to protect their business,” said Vikram Phatak, chief executive officer at NSS Labs. “The WatchGuard 1525 maintained consistent evasion and protection capability throughout the testing process.”

“Our team is dedicated to continuing to deliver world class network security solutions and the NSS Labs results highlight how effective our platform is at blocking attacks with one of the industry’s most powerful combinations of cost and performance,” said Dave R. Taylor, vice president of corporate strategy and product management at WatchGuard Technologies. “This kind of third party validation is critical to our customers in instilling confidence they are choosing market leading solutions.”

In the report, NSS also confirmed that the WatchGuard device successfully passed the NSS Application Control tests. “Our testing found that the WatchGuard Technologies XTM 1525 v11.8 correctly enforced complex outbound and inbound policies consisting of multiple rules, objects and applications. NSS engineers verified that the device successfully determined the correct application and took the appropriate action based upon the policy.”

WatchGuard’s XTM 1500 Series delivers up to 25 Gbps firewall throughput and 10 Gbps VPN throughput. Like all WatchGuard NGFW and Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances, the 1500 Series includes WatchGuard Dimension, the award-winning security visibility tool that helps to instantly isolate and distill key network security threats, issues and trends.


About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader of integrated, multi-function business security solutions that intelligently combine industry standard hardware, best-of-breed security features, and policy-based management tools. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use, but enterprise-powerful protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. WatchGuard products are backed by WatchGuard LiveSecurity® Service, an innovative support program. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit

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