How we tested firewall management products

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We focused on practical and usability characteristics of the products, specifically installation and ease of use, configuration, compatibility and interoperability. The evaluation was conducted with firewalls from Cisco, Check Point, Juniper and SonicWall.

We used the Mu Test Suite to perform security audits on the firewall, while being monitored and managed by the different firewall management products under test.

In addition, the security policy assessments were conducted with Ixia's IxDefend and Ixload. Ixia's IxDefend is a security assessment tool that can quickly find quality, resiliency, and security exposures across an array of applications. We used Ixia's IxLoad to generate HTTP and FTP traffic to the firewall.

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