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Leading-Edge UTM: What C-level execs need to know

Earl Follis and Ed Tittel | May 14, 2014
Network and boundary security are more important than ever for organizations of all sizes. A variety of security specialist firms now offer leading-edge virtual and physical devices for Unified Threat Management (UTM) to raise the security bar ever higher and respond proactively to zero-day threats.

Some UTM Tools Also Cover Device Management

In addition to dealing with UTM threats, some UTM appliances and software also offer device management options such as software asset management, hardware inventory, application performance monitoring and Web filtering. Once again, you can include them in your criteria when evaluating UTM tools. Licensing costs, infrastructure platforms and administrative overhead will all be lower if you can find a single platform that meets all such requirements.

Top-rated UTM solutions include UTM products from Sophos, Cisco, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, Smoothwall, Dell SonicWall and WatchGuard. Some of these companies have been in the threat management business for many years; others are relative newcomers. Develop a requirements list for your UTM evaluation and perform an objective analysis of each vendor under consideration.

Once you conduct an initial evaluation of tools that meet your criteria, you can then create an officially sponsored project to bring each solution into your development or test environment for further examination and verification. Only then should you start considering one particular tool.


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