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June 2007

Product review: Unified threat management (UTM) devices

Is your business ready To roll network security into a single platform? We evaluate six leading UTM appliances to help you push the right buttons. Unified Threat Management is a growing, competitive field, with more than a dozen vendors. The idea is to consolidate your security appliances into a single box and manage an integrated protection profile for your corporate network. While especially appealing for companies with several branch offices without any resident IT or security staff, the implementation isn't perfect for a corporate-wide deployment, primarily because of limits on how you are allowed to administer the component security applications. We asked vendors to deliver a product that could act as a firewall and virtual private network gateway, and protect our test network against attack with a minimum of four defense mechanisms--antivirus, Web content filtering, intrusion prevention and antispam. We reviewed six UTM appliances in a head-to-head evaluation: Astaro Internet Security's Astaro Security Gateway 320; Check ...

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