The Reality Behind Network Security

Huge numbers of businesses that we’ve spoken to have claimed that their networks are planned based on security issues. This issue ostensibly forms the framework on which the...

Huge numbers of businesses that we’ve spoken to have claimed that their networks are planned based on security issues. This issue ostensibly forms the framework on which the rest of the network is developed and implemented. In reality though, security technology that is absorbing too many resources (or is in some way having a detrimental effect on network performance) just gets turned off by people whose main role is to keep the system running smoothly. Unified Threat Management (UTM) systems therefore have to do their job without hampering the rest of the network’s performance.

Mid-sized businesses face a new threat of having to battle with enterprise-grade threats, but without enterprise-range defences. This challenge is addressed in an ebook from WatchGuard Technologies and Frost & Sullivan, called “Fulfilling the Promise of Unified Threat Management (UTM): Unlocking Full UTM-Enabled Network Protection”. The ebook covers some of the problems and fears encountered by mid-size businesses, as well as explaining the value of UTM and how to implement it correctly.

The ebook also explains how, in three straightforward steps, small and medium-sized business can future-proof their UTM strategy:

  1. UTM performance – focus on this rather than the performance of the firewall. Performance without UTM enabled isn’t useful.
  2. Scrutinise third-party test results – it’s easy for UTM capabilities to be tested when the UTM is assigned a single-function role, such as an intrusion prevention function. UTM systems are not designed for such uses.
  3. Look at UTM features for maximum security – UTM systems are designed to be modular, with highly-effective bolt-on components that can be added with little impact on network performance.

For too long the IT security community has struggled with below-par products and inaccurate testing. “These solutions have struggled to deliver on the performance promise,” says Chris Rodriguez, senior industry analyst for network security at Frost & Sullivan (and author of the executive brief that inspired the ebook). “But new advances from vendors like WatchGuard deliver total system performance, meaning organisations can future-proof their UTM security challenge.

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