Sophos XG Firewall Rated Among Highest Performing Products from NSS Lab

Sophos XG Firewall Rated Among Highest Performing Products from NSS Lab

In the latest 2017 Next Generation Firewall Group Test Report Sophos was among the top performing firewall products:

  • Rated among the top three for security effectiveness*
  • One of the top products for price-performance and value
  • Passed all stability and reliability tests

Complete the form to the right to download the NSS Labs NGFW Test Report for Sophos XG Firewall and the NSS Labs NGFW Security Value Map.

NSS Labs performed an independent test of the Sophos XG-750 Firewall v16.01. The product was subjected to thorough testing at the NSS facility in Austin, Texas, based on the Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) Test Methodology v7.0, which is available at This test was conducted free of charge and NSS did not receive any compensation in return for Sophos’ participation.


While the companion Comparative Reports on security, performance, and total cost of ownership (TCO) will provide information about all tested products, this Test Report provides detailed information not available elsewhere.


NSS research indicates that NGFW devices are typically deployed to protect users rather than data center assets, and that the majority of enterprises will not separately tune intrusion revention system (IPS) modules within their NGFWs.

Using the recommended policy, the XG-750 Firewall blocked 96.19% of attacks. The device failed to protect against the HTML obfuscation evasion technique. The device passed all stability and reliability tests.

The XG-750 Firewall is rated by NSS at 8,628 Mbps, which is lower than the vendor-claimed performance; Sophos rates this device at 11.8 Gbps. NSS-Tested Throughput is calculated as an average of all the “real-world” protocol mixes and the 21 KB HTTP response-based capacity test.