The firewall is your company's defence system, protecting vulnerable applications from outsiders. This defence system is clever, it allows in friends and keeps out enemies. Security testing of your firewalls is a vital aspect to your business security.
Our Security Testing services offer the most robust security tests on the firewalls market.
Performance is just one aspect of the quality assurance work that must take place on a new or upgraded firewall. It is important that the firewall performs under load and during sustained security attacks. An inefficient or slow firewall can delay friends and hurt your business.
There are a number of considerations when planning a Performance Test and Security Test of your firewall.
- The maximum number of TCP connections created per second
- The maximum number of concurrent users that could be connected
- The maximum http (hits per second) rate that can be achieved
- The maximum bandwidth utilisation that can be serviced
A tool will need to be chosen. While tools such as Loadrunner, Silk Performer and QAload are very good at generating large workloads and simulating hundreds or thousands of users, they tend to do this well for http type message protocols.
Rather than record a single user session, Avalanche can be used to generate realistic network traffic consisting of multiple message protocols and types. Avalanche is not a tool that can be installed,t i comes on a pre-configured box that can be slotted straight into your data centre all ready to go. Avalanche can be complimented by Spirent’s Threatex product which can be used to generate actual attacks against your defences. As little as 5 days are required to execute a Security Test that combines a Performance Test against your firewall.
Spirent’s Avalanche can be used to test the performance of network components other than the firewall including your load balancers, routers and switches.
Your network implementation can be subjected to performance validation. Quality of Service (QoS) can be tested to ensure that your most important message types are not impacted by users browsing the internet. Fail-over testing and redundancy to ensure continuous service under high workloads can be validated.
Our Firewall testing service is a one of the key offerings of our Security Testing Service.