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Click here a representative list of companies that offer unified threat management appliances. For the most part, these are firewall/VPN appliances that integrate antivirus, antispam, intrusion detection/prevention and URL content filtering, typically as optional modules. Many offer SSL VPN and antispyware capabilities as well. (PDF).
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Indeed, focusing on a rapid incident response and multi-layered defense has served them well--so far. Recent experiences with malware are a good example.

"Spyware is largely a laptop issue now," Marsh says. "And worms and viruses haven't been much of a problem at all. At worst, we may have a 20-machine cleanup to deal with, but we're able to stop it before it gets out of hand."

In the end, Conrad says that a strong intrusion defense program is based on best practices that aren't always tied to spending; it's about having the right user policies and knowing how to make the most of the tools you have.

"It's all about a layered defense--using tools efficiently, training staffers to uncover threats, and hiring and keeping good people," he says. "An organization like ours can't prevent everything. But we can have a quick response that focuses on protecting the high-level, confidential data. That's out focus. I'll put it this way: I'm not losing any sleep," Conrad says.

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Bill Brenner is a news writer with SearchSecurity.com. Send your thoughts on this article to feedback@infosecuritymag.com.

This was first published in June 2006

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