Benefits of the UTM Appliance

By: Alice Brooks

The unified threat management appliance or the UTM appliance was initially intended to assist in safeguarding the networks of small and medium sized businesses, but today you find that they are being used as UTM firewalls in corporate networks too. The UTM appliance actually consists of network firewalls that have several features all in one box. Basically it is a good way of ensuring not only your application security but also your network security.

The UTM appliance comes with features like a spam filter which separates your good emails from the bad, an intrusion prevention system, and anti-virus to get rid of all the viruses that get to your network, an internet filter to block certain sites from being accessed and the functions a conventional firewall provides you. All this will come in a single box rather than you having to buy two or more boxes to ensure your network security and application security.

The benefits of having a single UTM appliance is that you have all the functions that you need in a single box so that the system becomes less complex and also saves your business a considerable amount of money as well as time. There is no need to spend time learning how each of the various security devices work and how they will work in collaboration with each other. You just have to understand how the single device works and that is all you need to know about how application security will be provided to your organization. And since you have to buy only one unit, the cost you have to incur on the network security system comes down drastically.

Preserving application security can sometimes turn out to be a complicated and perplexing task but when all the features in security are put together in one system, it is a lot easier to see how the various functions are integrated and work together. Besides, since it is only one system that you buy from one vendor, the training will be provided by one vendor only vis--vis getting training from several vendors if you were to buy individual appliances one for each function. Hence if you buy the multi-function UTM appliance you will have to get in touch with only one vendor if the system fails.

You can be sure that the UTM appliance will not only save you time and money but will also make life a lot easier and you can sleep in peace not having to worry whether your network is secure enough or your application security is still to be taken care of. Hence it is definitely worthwhile if you invest in a unified threat management appliance. After having it installed make sure you employ penetration testing or ethical hacking which will find any loopholes in your application and network security which you can then plug in.

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So what are you waiting for? Get that UTM appliance now and make sure that you have the best application security and network security for your organization.

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