Benchmarking Methodology for Network Security Device Performance

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Authors Balamuhunthan Balarajah  , Carsten Rossenhoevel 
Last updated 2019-04-17 (latest revision 2018-10-14)
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This document provides benchmarking terminology and methodology for next-generation network security devices including next-generation firewalls (NGFW), intrusion detection and prevention solutions (IDS/ IPS) and unified threat management (UTM) implementations. The document aims to strongly improve the applicability, reproducibility, and transparency of benchmarks and to align the test methodology with today's increasingly complex layer 7 application use cases. The main areas covered in this document are test terminology, traffic profiles and benchmarking methodology for NGFWs to start with.


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Carsten Rossenhoevel (

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