Top Intrusion Prevention System Appliance: A 9-Vendor Battle


Check Point 13500

Check Point claims its 13500 next-generation firewall appliance gets up to 23.61 Gbps of firewall throughput and 5.71 Gbps of IPS. It was rated very highly in NSS Labs' recent testing, earning a 94.4 percent security effectiveness rating. NSS Labs engineers calculated the total cost of ownership at $23.55 per protected Mbps.

NSS Labs engineers warned that the appliance it tested was prone to causing some false positive alerts in live corporate networks. The Smart-1 management tools may be complicated for some networking pros to learn, but they provide robust capabilities, NSS Labs said. The appliance received a "Recommended" rating from NSS Labs.