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NVIDIA Firewall Certified by ICSA Labs


Leading Information Security Lab Tests Platform for Security, Vulnerability, and Functionality

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NVIDIA Corporation
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SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 5, 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced NVIDIA Firewall, the Company’s new hardware-optimized personal firewall solution integrated into new NVIDIA nForce™ media and communication processors (MCPs), including the NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb MCP, has now been tested and certified by ICSA Labs®, the industry’s leading independent security testing firm, and a division of TruSecure Corporation®.

To earn ICSA Labs’ coveted certification, NVIDIA submitted nForce-based motherboards incorporating NVIDIA Personal Firewall to ICSA Labs who tested the operability, functionality, and vulnerability of the NVIDIA personal firewall solution. The extensive testing program, entirety created and controlled by the Lab Services Program within ICSA Labs, was designed to evaluate security and administrative functionality, and rate the overall effectiveness of NVIDIA Firewall in a litany of different scenarios, including Denial of Service (DoS), Trojan attacks, and application hijacking. The criteria established are based on specific requirements generated through market segment research, security product classification and available features of the security device to be evaluated. A full copy of the report, detailing the testing methodology, can be found at: //

“Given the proliferation of hackers, viruses, and worms populating the World Wide Web, security should be a concern for every PC user. Our Lab Services testing process was designed to test the functional and platform security of NVIDIA Firewall in a realistic deployment scenario,” said George Japak, Vice President of ICSA Labs. “We congratulate NVIDIA on developing a solution that offers consumers a solution for enhancing personal security and reducing overall vulnerability levels.”

ICSA Labs tested NVIDIA Firewall in a number of key areas, including:

  • Platform Security—Tests were conducted to verify that NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller-based personal firewall provided a reasonable level of protection from commonly available attacks and exploits.
  • Vulnerability and Administrative Access Testing—Testing methodology ensured the protection of sensitive configuration data from being enumerated through remote administrative channels. 
  • Logging Capabilities—ICSA Labs tested NVIDIA Firewall to ensure it provides users the ability to properly audit security-related system and network events. In addition, ICSA Labs mandates that captured log data, including precision of date and time, provides administrators enough information to monitor events that may impact the security or integrity of the NVIDIA personal firewall solution, and the PC platform.

Optimized for the advanced AMD Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, AMD Opteron™ 64-bit Processor families, NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb MCPs integrate hardware and software technologies that expand PC desktop, gaming, and digital media functionality. By providing the industry’s only high-speed, native Gigabit Ethernet solution, fault tolerant and high performance RAID storage functionality, and integrated security features, including NVIDIA Firewall, the NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb MCP delivers accelerated performance, advanced scalability, and unmatched system stability for multiple computing environments, including professional, consumer, and mobile PC platforms.

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About ICSA Labs
ICSA Labs, an independent division of TruSecure Corporation, offers vendor-agnostic testing and certification of security products. Hundreds of the world’s top security vendors submit their products for testing and certification at ICSA Labs. The end-users of security technologies rely on ICSA Labs to authoritatively set and apply objective testing and certification criteria for measuring product compliance and reliability. The organization tests products in key technology categories such as anti-virus, firewall, IPSec VPN, cryptography, intrusion detection, PC firewall, content security, SSL-VPN and Wireless LAN.

NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms. Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer digital-media PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, notebook PCs, military navigation systems and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,800 people worldwide.  For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at
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