ICSA Labs Launches Quarterly Testing Program for Network Intrusion Prevention Systems

September 22, 2011

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ICSA Labs Launches Quarterly Testing Program for

Network Intrusion Prevention Systems 

Testing Evaluates How Well Products Protect Enterprise Networks From the Latest Attacks   

on ICSA Labs’ Quarterly Network IPS Vulnerability Testing page. 

Each product was tested against several vulnerabilities that were less than three months old.   

The results from the second test showed strong overall improvement over the first test’s results, with an effectiveness rating ranging from 81.3 percent to 90.6 percent and an average score of 86.2 percent. The effectiveness rating in the first test ranged from 59.4 percent to 78.1 percent, and the average score was 69.4 percent.

Quarterly Testing to Enable Vendors to Update and Improve Vulnerability Coverage

For subsequent quarterly tests, two sets of vulnerabilities will be used.  The first set will feature vulnerabilities that are less than three months old.  The second will feature the vulnerabilities that were tested in the previous quarter.  This will enable vendors to update and improve their vulnerability coverage against new and existing threats.

Companies can submit their network IPS products for quarterly testing regardless of whether the products have been certified by ICSA Labs. A full list of certified network IPS products is available here.


About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security products and network-connected devices, such as printers and faxes, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance to many of the world’s top security vendors. Visit http://www.icsalabs.com and http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more information. 

About Verizon

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