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Cisco is proud to be the only vendor recognized by SE Labs as Best Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) in their 2021 Annual Report. We’re honored to receive industry recognition for excellence in the network firewall market and for making security less complex, more agile, and better able to defend against today’s and tomorrow’s threats.

I couldn’t be prouder of our Cisco Secure Firewall team and our amazing customers who continue to develop their network security around our firewall, and who have pushed us to match their ambitions with our security portfolio.

The SE Labs NGFW award is further proof that Cisco delivers leading threat defense. Secure Firewall is central to our vision for producing better security outcomes by:

  • Harmonizing network, workload, and application security across hybrid and multi-cloud environments
  • Expanding visibility, while making zero trust posture practical
  • Driving operational efficiency at scale

SE Labs Testing Methodology 

SE Labs performs tests on behalf of customers seeking independent proof-of-value assistance, as well as security vendors. At Cisco, we use third-party evaluations from multiple sources, including SE Labs, to augment our internal testing and drive product improvement.

Winners were determined after months of in-depth testing, based on a combination of continual public testing, private assessments and feedback from corporate clients who use SE Labs to help choose security products and services. The award validates that you can expect consistent threat protection and performance with Cisco Secure Firewall.

SE Labs’ reports use the globally understood MITRE ATT&CK framework. Its testing employs both common “commodity” malware samples as well as sophisticated and targeted attacks. The targeted attack testing often employs the same techniques and tools used by leading adversaries, but with novel malware variants that can’t simply be identified by a hash signature. SE Labs publishes its testing methodologies and is BS EN ISO 9001: 2015 certified for The Provision of IT Security Product Testing.

The firewall is at your security platform’s core

We recognize that firewalling must be part of a complete platform approach to help simplify security and provide greater visibility and efficiency. Platform success requires a security architecture comprised of leading solutions that perform well as control points in their own right and as components of a platform.

Only Secure Firewall includes a license entitlement for Cisco SecureX, our extended detection and response (XDR) tool. It orchestrates security playbooks and provides greater threat context from network, endpoint, and cloud sensors. Only Secure Firewall includes microsegmentation capability, with its tight integration with Cisco Secure Workload. And only Cisco Secure Firewall is backed by threat intelligence from Cisco Talos, the largest private sector threat research team. Secure Firewall customers can access these benefits and integrate further with other Cisco and third-party security tooling.

Cisco Secure Industry Recognition

In addition to the SE Labs Best NGFW award, Secure Firewall and Cisco Security have achieved the following recognition:

  • Forrester Research: one of only two Leaders in the current Forrester Wave for Enterprise Firewalls.
  • Forrester Research: Cisco is the only firewall vendor that is a leader in the current Forrester Wave for Zero Trust, with its tight integration with Cisco Secure Access by Duo, Secure Workload and Cisco Identity Service Engine (ISE).
  • Frost & Sullivan: Cisco was awarded theFrost & Sullivan Market Leadership Award this year for Firewall. Cisco was recognized for the greatest market share in the global network firewall market, due to outstanding performance, products, and services.

Our world-class Secure Firewall team continues to work with our customers to help unlock a more consistent experience that unifies visibility, enables automation, and strengthens security across network, endpoints, cloud, and applications. We’re energized by our firewall momentum and will continue our mission of empowering the world to reach its full potential, securely.

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