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July/August 2009

Unified threat management products gaining midmarket, enterprise foothold

If you are responsible for security at a small- to mid-sized business, and your current firewalls aren't unified threat management (UTM) appliances, then your next ones will be. With the possible exception of a few low-end SOHO firewall products, every vendor offers a range of firewall/VPN appliances with options to add gateway antivirus, intrusion prevention, antispam, URL filtering and other security functions on a single box. "The UTM space has essentially replaced the firewall space; at the low end, there are no firewalls that are not UTM," says Joel Snyder, senior partner at consultancy Opus One. "If you talk about what people used to buy for a small business in the $150-to-$1,000 range, I don't think you can find one that doesn't have UTM capabilities." It can get confusing. Businesses are faced with complex choices: Extra security comes at a price, both in ongoing subscriptions and performance, so what do you really need and what are you prepared to pay for? Most vendors offer an extensive line of appliances to ...

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  • Unified threat management products gaining midmarket, enterprise foothold

    Unified threat management (UTM) appliances offer consolidated security services in a single, manageable firewall/VPN appliance. But purchase and use only the security options you need. Otherwise you will pay too much for the appliance and for tools that won't make your business more secure

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