Dell SonicWALL Next-Generation Firewall Evaluation

Dell SonicWALL® has met all of the the Next-Generation Firewall evaluation requirements for the the E-Class Network Security Appliance (NSA) Series. The E-Class NSA E5500 and E-Class NSA E7500 were selected from this family for this assessment. The goal of this engagement is to evaluate and determine that the E-Class NSA Series’ Next-Generation Firewall features and capabilities function as documented.

It is worth noting that this evaluation was bulit on the Network Firewall - Enterprise certification that was awarded to Dell SonicWALL. The Network Firewall - Enterprise certification requirements include basic firewall functionality plus IPv6, VoiP, High Availability and NTP/SNTP requirements. You can find a detailed certification report here:

E-Class NSA Series - Network Firewall - Enterprise Certification

Product Overview

The Dell SonicWALL E-Class NSA Series is an industry first—using patented Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection® (RFDPI) technology in combination with multi-core specialized security microprocessors to deliver gateway anti-virus, anti-spyware, intrusion prevention, and application Intelligence and control at high speed—without sacrificing network performance.

For more details on the E-Class NSA Series please take a look at the Dell SonicWALL website.

About Next-Generation Firewalls

Traditional firewalls inspect network communications at the network layer making decisions based on IP addresses, protocols and port numbers. As computer networks have become more sophisticated and applications are being pushed into the cloud, more controlled / granular access policies are needed to monitor and secure today's corporate and enterprise networks. Next-Generation Firewalls provide this extended level of access control by monitoring network communications at the application layer including granular application identification and control and user-based authentication / identification as well as protecting users from modern day threats like botnets and sophisticated malware. These additional features must function properly while still providing the tried and true protection known in traditional firewall products.

Evaluated Features and Capabilities

Testing was performed to evaluate the E-Class NSA Series’ ability to provide:

  • Basic Network Firewall Functionality as outlined in the Network Firewall Enterprise certification
  • Application Identification and Control - 100% achieved
  • User-Based Authentication - 100% of requirements met
  • Malware Protection - 100% coverage achieved
  • User-side Protection - 98.34% coverage achieved
  • Server-Side Protection - 94.6% coverage achieved
  • No False Positives



Dell SonicWALL’s E-Class NSA Series has been awarded ICSA Labs first evaluation logo against the Next-Generation Firewall evaluation requirements. For more details on the evaluation testing please take a look at the detailed evaluation testing report.

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