Product review: Unified threat management (UTM) devices


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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

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UTM appliances in a head-to-head evaluation: Astaro Internet Security's Astaro Security Gateway 320; Check Point Software's UTM-1 2050; Fortinet's FortiGate-1000A; IBM Internet Security Systems' Proventia Network Multifunction Security MX5010; Juniper Networks' SSG 550 and SonicWALL's SonicWALL Pro 5060c.

This was first published in June 2007

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