With roughly 75% of web traffic encrypted, firewalls are increasingly required to decrypt traffic before inspecting for threats.

AUSTIN, Texas – February 18, 2021 – today announced its group product ratings results for Enterprise Firewall Networks + SSL/TLS. is a member organization dedicated to quantifying cyber risk and providing transparency on cybersecurity efficacy through testing and ratings programs.

The firewall market is one of the largest and most mature security technology segments.  Firewalls are used to protect a trusted network from an untrusted network. Firewalls have undergone several stages of development, from early packet filtering and circuit relay firewalls to application layer (proxy-based) and stateful inspection firewalls. With the expanded use of SSL/TLS crisscrossing the modern network, inspection of encrypted content is required.

“A firewall needs to protect against threats without slowing down the network,” said Vikram Phatak, Chairman and CEO at CyberRatings. “Given that over 75 percent of web traffic is encrypted, administrators must enable SSL/TLS capabilities, or their firewalls will miss a lot of attacks.  But doing so will slow down the network.  Therefore, people should plan accordingly.”

Product Ratings are as follows:

wdt_ID Description Technology Category Action Date Rating Notes
15 Barracuda Networks Enterprise Firewall 02/17/2021 A
21 Check Point Enterprise Firewall 02/11/2021 AAA
22 Cisco Enterprise Firewall 02/09/2021 BB
23 Forcepoint Enterprise Firewall 02/17/2021 AAA
24 Fortinet Enterprise Firewall 02/11/2021 AA
25 Juniper Networks Enterprise Firewall 02/10/2021 AA
26 Palo Alto Networks Enterprise Firewall 02/09/2021 AAA
28 Sangfor Enterprise Firewall 02/11/2021 AAA
30 Versa Networks Enterprise Firewall 02/17/2021 AA
31 WatchGuard Enterprise Firewall 02/17/2021 AA

Ratings are expert opinions: forward looking guidance on a product’s ability to meet future commitments to customers and is based on multiple factors including technology and business leadership, employee turnover, customer satisfaction, financial strength, test results, and market conditions. Test results included security effectiveness, performance, SSL/TLS functionality, management, and customer feedback.

Community Members have free access to the 2021 Ratings Chart™ for Enterprise Firewall.  A Personal Membership is required to gain access to the detailed reports.

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