Combatting enterprise-grade threats, without the resources to deploy enterprise-grade solutions, is a key security challenge for today’s midsize businesses. It often results in a piecemeal approach to network security and a complex, disjointed strategy that leaves significant gaps in protection.
To help overcome these challenges, we’ve teamed up with Frost & Sullivan to release a new eBook titled, “Fulfilling the Promise of Unified Threat Management (UTM): Unlocking Full UTM-Enabled Network Protection.”
The eBook is broken into four main sections and explores: the challenges facing midsized enterprises; UTM adoption fears for business; WatchGuard’s approach to delivering UTM protection; and three simple steps to future-proof your UTM strategy.
To quote Chris Rodriguez, senior industry analyst for network security at Frost & Sullivan and author of the executive brief that the eBook is based on, “While businesses claim that security considerations drive network planning, the reality is that any security technology that hampers network performance is simply switched off.” This underscores the importance of properly evaluating UTM technologies to ensure these security appliances can deliver the performance you need today, coupled with the flexibility you’ll need tomorrow.
To get you started, here’s a sampling of the three steps that can help future-proof your network security strategy, but for complete tips, checklist and more, download the eBook today:
1. Focus on UTM performance instead of firewall performance. Most vendors promote the performance of the product when used as a stateful firewall. Look for performance with UTM features enabled.
2. Carefully analyze third-party testing data. These tests often compare UTM capabilities when deployed as IPS or in other dedicated security roles, even though UTM products are not designed for a single-function capacity.
3. Consider UTM features for maximum security. These solutions are designed for modularity so that new security features can be added with minimal impact on network performance. Look at features like clustering, which can help future-proof your investment.