WatchGuard Technologies Earns “Recommended” Rating from NSS labs for Next Generation Firewall Appliances

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

SEATTLE, Washington – September 24, 2014 – WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in multi-function firewalls, today announced its XTM 1525 is one of the top-rated Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW) based on a real-world comparative analysis by NSS Labs. Designed for the 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.

Understanding the real-world performance and security effectiveness of next generation firewalls is vital for organizations that are looking to invest in these technologies to protect their business,” said Mr 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 Mr 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.

According to the report, the XTM 1525 blocked 96.7% of attacks against server applications, 98.7% 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.

nss-2014 WatchGuardThe WatchGuard XTM 1525 is a leading combination of security and value in the industry

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 instantly isolate and distill key network security threats, issues and trends. For complete information on the 1500 Series, click here.

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About WatchGuard Technologies

WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader of business security solutions that intelligently combine industry standard hardware, Best-in-Class security features, and policy-based management tools. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use but enterprise-powerful protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. The WatchGuard family of Smart Firewalls provides smart security through seamless integration of multiple security services; smart management by providing a single console for deploying and maintaining services; and smart unified threat management performance to ensure that customers of all sizes can securely operate at the pace of business.

WatchGuard products are backed by WatchGuardLiveSecurity® 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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