Making network security purchases solely based on datasheet “speeds and feeds” is a common mistake. Datasheets can include misconceptions and disingenuous advertising, which don’t mesh with real-world requirements and low risk tolerance. Transparency in performance testing and truth in advertising arm you with the most accurate data to ensure you can make the right decisions. This document will aid in guiding you through the firewall purchase, focusing on whether the listed performance holds up in the real world with crucial security features enabled. Gaps in security result in unwarranted risks, higher total cost of ownership (TCO), and impaired business agility.