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Tuesday, 27 October 2009 11:15

Netgear ProSafe UTMs score in third-party tests

Netgear is bragging that its ProSecure UTM (unified threat management) appliances for SMEs outperformed similar devices from other vendors in third-party testing of their ability to block malware and spam.

UTM appliances are intended as a one-box solution for anti-malware, web filtering, firewalling and other security functions.

Netgear arranged for The Tolly Group and AV-Test to test the anti-malware effectiveness of its ProSecure UTM10 against the Fortinet FortiGate-60B, SonicWall TZ 100, SonicWall TZ 210, and WatchGuard Firebox Edge X55e.

The UTMs were tested for their ability to block the WildList Organisation's list of malware (released in August 2009) as well as a collection of 60,000 other malware samples collected by AV-Test ('zoo malware').

Web (HTTP) and email (POP3 and SMTP) traffic containing the various pieces of malware was run through each of the UTMs.

The ProSecure product blocked 90% of zoo malware, regardless of protocol. The TZ 210 took second place (63% via HTTP and 70% via the email protocols), followed by its sibling (35% HTTP, 49% email). The Fortigate blocked 29% of samples regardless of protocol, while the WatchGuard X55e stopped a mere 21% via HTTP and 19% via email.

As for the WildList, the UTM10 was the only product tested to block 100% of samples. The TZ 210 and TZ 100 managed 90% qnd 87% respectively, the FortiGate stopped 81%, and again the Firebox trailed on 31%.

All products were tested in their default configuration with the most recent updates available on the day of testing.

Tolly's report can be found here (registration required).

Please read on for Netgear's comments, along with news of another successful third-party test for Netgear's ProSafe line.

"While the WildList results speak for themselves, the zoo malware results are particularly important as such older malware is still circulating the globe, wreaking havoc on out-of-date and unprotected computers," said Jason Leung, Netgear's senior product line manager for SMB security.

"Vendors often sacrifice zoo malware catch rates in order to meet growing-business price points. Yet, mass botnet infestations often employ zoo-malware to infect its targets. At ProSecure, we have found a way to deliver security effectiveness and performance at a price point that is attractive to growing businesses and our channel partners alike," he added.

Furthermore, Netgear's ProSecure STM600 did well in tests carried out by independent test centre Miercom to evaluate various appliances' ability to block mail-borne threats including spam, worms and Trojans.

While full results won't be published until November, Netgear claims that the preliminary findings show that the ProSecure appliances are able to stop up to 50% more threats than a competing product from Barracuda.

That 50% apparently applies only to traffic using web protocols, and is therefore broadly in line with the Tolly/AV-Group findings.

Anti-spam testing showed products from all three vendors (Barracuda, Cisco and Netgear) were on a par, stopping almost all spam, while the ProSecure outperformed Barracuda in an email threat test by a margin of 20%.

"The test results speak for themselves," said Leung.

"ProSecure is serious about security.  The fact that we can beat the established players at their own game shows that we bring performance, effectiveness, and value to the medium business space."

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