Versa Networks Security Achieves Highest Rating by in Industry’s First-of-its-Kind Cloud Network Firewall Comparative Test

Versa Achieves Leading Value Spot with Top “AAA” Rating and Lowest Price Per Mbps Score Over Competitive Field

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--()--Versa Networks, the recognized leader of single-vendor Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), today announced it has achieved the highest possible rating of “AAA” in the industry’s first-of-its-kind Cloud Network Firewall comparative test. The evaluation was conducted by, a non-profit member organization that provides transparency and expert guidance on cybersecurity risks through research and objective product testing. Versa was also recognized for having the lowest price per Mbps value over the competitive field tested.

CyberRatings tested eight Cloud Network Firewall products for this industry’s first-ever comparative evaluation report. It performed an independent test of the Versa Networks Cloud Network Firewall (CNFW) Versa-FlexVNF-21.2.3 on Amazon Web Services. The Instance used for this test was c5.9xlarge (36 vCPU, 72 GB memory, and 10+ Gbps network Bandwidth). Versa achieved top scores across all tested categories:

  • AAA in Management and Reporting Capabilities
  • AAA in Routing and Policy Enforcement
  • AAA in SSL/TLS Functionality
  • AAA in Threat Prevention
  • AAA in Performance

The CyberRatings results noted that, “Threat Protection was excellent; Versa blocked 35 out of 35 evasion techniques and 977 out of 977 exploits. The device passed all stability and reliability tests. The HTTP Rated Throughput was 1,000 Mbps; TLS/HTTPS Rated Throughput was 929 Mbps, giving Versa an excellent combined Rated Throughput of 965 Mbps. With excellent security and performance, this product is a strong offering and should be considered by enterprises.”

A complimentary copy of the CyberRatings Cloud Network Firewall Comparative report and the Versa Networks report are available from the Versa website at

“Versa is a proven leader in Cloud Network Firewall, and we are proud of this achievement and validation by this CyberRatings evaluation – the first-of-its-kind competitive comparison in the industry,” said Kelly Ahuja, Chief Executive Officer of Versa Networks. “Our Versa Cloud Network Firewall not only scored a top ‘AAA’ rating in all categories tested, it also proved to be the industry’s best price per Mbps over all seven other competitors evaluated. Companies often claim leadership, but it’s important validation from organizations such as CyberRatings which is so important in proving who really leads the pack. With the acceleration to cloud, Cloud Network Firewalls are essential for enterprises to connect their users/devices to their applications/workloads while protecting their users, devices, data, workloads, and applications. This report shows that enterprise can rely on a market-leading Cloud Network Firewall from Versa.”

Versa received the highest rating in CyberRatings’ UDP throughput test, which determined how each vendor performed using 512-byte frames. For the evaluation, CyberRatings tested the maximum rate the firewall could process raw packets of various sizes (64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 1280 and 1518), the associated latency, and the number of dropped packets. Versa was also evaluated to have the lowest Price, lowest Normalized Price, and highest Value. According to CyberRatings, “The price should be viewed within the context of ‘how effective is the security?’ After all, an inexpensive device that only blocks 10 percent of attacks is not serving the purpose for which it was purchased; there is no value – similarly, performance matters, but not at the expense of security. Therefore, calculating a security device’s value requires considering the relationship between price, performance, manageability, and security.”

“As a non-profit, our mission is to provide the market with reliable testing and objective results, so organizations have validated results to help them select the right security solutions for their environments,” said Vikram Phatak, CEO of “Versa Networks’ security and performance were excellent, and it is clear from the results that the Versa team has built a high-performing and reliable Cloud Network Firewall solution.”

Phatak continued, “Over 80 percent of web traffic is now encrypted with TLS 1.3, accounting for over 2/3 of that traffic. A product that does not properly decrypt will be unable to inspect traffic for attacks, leaving the firewall largely blind. Test results show that Versa customers can transition from HTTP to HTTPS without fear of performance degradation.”

“We are proud to receive a top ‘AAA’ CyberRatings evaluation across all test categories of threat prevention, SSL/TLS functionalities, performance, routing, and policy enforcement,” said Apurva Mehta, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Versa Networks. “At the same time, we are not surprised. Ninety percent of our customers already use our security capabilities, a testament to our rating. This is possible due to our monumental ground-up design of the platform from day one focusing on security and performance.”

Versa’s single-vendor SASE platform delivers organically developed best-of-breed functions that tightly integrate and deliver services via the cloud, on-premises, or as a blended combination of both, managed through a single pane of glass. Versa delivers SASE services such as Secure SD-WAN, Next-Generation Firewall, Next-Generation Firewall as a Service, Cloud Network Firewall, Unified Threat Management (UTM) including Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), Secure Web Gateway (SWG), Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Remote Browser Isolation (RBI), and User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA). Versa’s single-vendor SASE platform goes above and beyond management console automation integration by providing the ability to integrate networks, points of presence, policy definitions, application definitions, agent logic, and data lakes.

As the leader in SASE, the fastest growing security and networking category, Versa is the only solution proven to deliver the industry’s leading and differentiated SASE architecture for high performance and security. Dell’Oro Group listed Versa as the 2021 SASE market share leader with 84-percent market share for the unified category in its 4Q21 Network Security Quarterly Report; and Frost and Sullivan ranks Versa as the #2 worldwide market share leader in SASE. Gartner has identified Versa SASE as having the most SASE components out of all 56 vendors Gartner evaluated. Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) also found that Versa SASE has the most SASE supported functions, as published in its industry report.

About Versa Networks

Versa Networks, the leader in single-vendor SASE platforms, delivers AI/ML-powered SSE and SD-WAN solutions. The platform provides networking and security with true multitenancy, and sophisticated analytics via the cloud, on-premises, or as a blended combination of both to meet SASE requirements for small to extremely large enterprises and Service Providers. Thousands of customers globally with hundreds of thousands of sites and millions of users trust Versa with their mission critical networks and security. Versa Networks is privately held and funded by Sequoia Capital, Mayfield, Artis Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Comcast Ventures, BlackRock Inc., Silicon Valley Bank, Liberty Global Ventures, Princeville Capital, RPS Ventures and Triangle Peak Partners. For more information, visit or follow Versa Networks on Twitter @versanetworks.

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