NSS Labs Shows Lastline’s Exceptional Value for Breach Detection

NSS Labs Shows Lastline’s Exceptional Value for Breach Detection

Lastline Has Lowest TCO of Products with 100% Security Effectiveness in Breach Detection

NSS Report Lastline Low TCO

When selecting a breach detection system, determining the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a critical yet challenging task. Fortunately, NSS Labs tested the TCO of seven leading breach detection systems, including Lastline, and released the results in their 2017 NSS Labs Breach Detection Comparative Report. This objective report from the world’s largest security testing lab is a big boost to decision makers trying to select the best breach detection solution for their organization.

Lastline Excels with unbeatable combination of low TCO and outstanding Security Effectiveness

When selecting a breach detection system, determining the overall value of the product is a challenging, yet critically important task. It’s insufficient and shortsighted to base a decision largely on purchase price, or even Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Many buyers regret purchasing low-cost products that fail to deliver the protection they need, or have high, unexpected costs in later years. Determining the value of a product requires understanding the TCO plus how effective it is at detecting breaches before they can cause significant damage.

For breach detection systems, NSS Labs has removed the guesswork about value.

In its recent Breach Detection Systems Group Test, NSS Labs tested seven breach detection systems from six leading vendors, including Lastline Enterprise. Perhaps the most helpful aspect of the report is how it calculates both the effectiveness of each product at detecting evasive malware – what NSS Labs calls Security Effectiveness – and TCO. The combination of the two tells a complete value story about each product that was tested.

Here are some of the highlights of the NSS Labs test to illustrate how Lastline achieved the highest possible Security Effectiveness score as well as a very low TCO, making Lastline’s overall value unbeatable.

Calculating an Accurate TCO for Breach Detection Systems

NSS Labs calculated the TCO of each product based on a multi-year purchase and deployment scenario to accurately reflect typical enterprise buying cycles. NSS Labs considered the following factors:

  • Acquisition costs for sensors and related equipment
  • Acquisition costs for a central management system
  • Labor costs for installation, maintenance, and upkeep
  • Ongoing annual fees for maintenance, support, and signature updates

To calculate the TCO, NSS Labs included all costs over a three-year period, as shown by the following figure from the report.

3-Year Cost Calculation

But the test took TCO a step farther by also considering security effectiveness, false positives, and throughput of each product as part of the total cost, resulting in “TCO per protected Mbps.” Adding effectiveness and throughput to the mix enables value-based comparisons of the different breach detection products, and as the report states, provides “clear guidance as to whether a product’s price is higher or lower than the majority of its competitors”.

NSS Labs used the following formula to put it all together:

3-year TCO

NSS Labs TCO Test Results

The following chart from the report shows the TCO results for the seven products evaluated. The two key columns are the TCO per Protected Mbps column (the lower the costs the better), and the Security Effectiveness column (the higher the percentage the better).

The tests show that the values in both of these key columns vary dramatically, with costs ranging from a low of $16 dollars per protected Mbps to a high of $128 dollars. Likewise, the Security Effectiveness scores vary by nearly 20%.

TCO per Protected Mbps

The results show that Lastline offers the preferred combination of perfect security effectiveness with a low TCO per Protected Mbps (shown graphically in the chart below, from the report).

  • Lastline is the only product tested that doesn’t charge annual maintenance fees, which over time, decreases Lastline’s TCO.  Over the 3-year period for which TCO was calculated, Lastline has the lowest total TCO of all products evaluated.
  • Lastline’s TCO per protected Mbps is half the average cost of the products tested. The average 3-year TCO for the 7 products tested is $49 per protected Mbps, whereas this figure for Lastline is only $25.
  • This is the second year in a row for Lastline to score a perfect 100% Security Effectiveness with a low TCO, and the third year that it has earned a Recommended rating from NSS Labs.

NSS Labs 2017 SVM

 Report Shows Lastline’s Exceptional Overall Value

The NSS Labs test also established the Security Effectiveness Value for each product.  As stated in the report, “A product with a Security Effectiveness Value that is higher than its purchase price can be considered good value.”

As shown in the report’s Purchase Price vs. Security Effectiveness Value chart inserted below, Lastline had the highest total Security Effectiveness Value at $712,323 dollars. And, at 144% higher than the product purchase price, Lastline had the highest delta (in dollars) among all products tested.

Purchase Price vs. Security Effectiveness Value


Get A Copy of the NSS Labs Breach Detection Reports

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Brian Laing

Brian Laing

For more than 20 years, Brian Laing has shared his strategic business vision and technical leadership with a range of start-ups and established companies in various executive level roles. The author of “APT for Dummies,” he was previously vice president of AhnLab, where he directed the US operations of the internationally known security and software leader. Brian previously founded Hive Media where he served as CEO. He co-founded RedSeal Systems, where he conceived the overall design and features of the product and was granted two patents related to network security. He was also founder and CEO of self-funded Blade Software, who released the industry’s first commercial IPS/FW testing tool.
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