NSS Labs announced today that it has launched the Security Update Monitor (SUM) program for IPS, and is inviting all the major vendors to participate. SUM provides for ongoing monthly testing and quarterly reporting of results.
Once a year testing does not provide users with adequate insight into a product’s capabilities. SUM provides information security professionals with timely data on the effectiveness of a product they may be evaluating for purchase or are currently managing.
In addition, NSS Labs reports the associated throughput of a given security effectiveness score, acknowledging the balance between security and performance.
A new rating system is also being formalized with SUM by which the coveted NSS Labs Gold and Approved awards can be achieved after successful certification and one quarter of SUM testing. Gold will be awarded for accuracy above 95%, Approved above 70% and Tested for all other results.