Network Security Appliances


Network security is no longer a nice to have for any business, it is a must-have for all businesses -- from the smallest SMB to the most complex Enterprise. When researching network security solutions, organizations are met with a variety of options from point solutions for addressing each individual threat to solutions that combine two or more services into one appliance.

The Blending of Two Concepts

Historically, Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) appliances were designed to deliver a very specific set of security services – firewalling, IPS, and URL filtering. Anything that consolidated more than those services was commonly referred to as a Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliance. Today, however, we see significant blending of these two markets and products. The performance gap has disappeared and solutions marketed as NGFW appliances are being released with the same security services once unique to offerings marketed as UTM appliances.

So, if NGFW and UTM appliances are the same when it comes to security and performance, what is the difference?


The Real Choice: Customization vs. Simplicity

UTM appliances provide out-of-the-box policies, management, and reporting tools designed for ease of deployment and ongoing management while NGFW appliances cater to organizations that wish to customize their security policies and prefer manual reporting and management techniques.

Neither approach is wrong, however, many organizations do not have the time, resources, or security expertise required to manually build security policy and manage a variety of disparate appliances. UTM solutions give those organization the same enterprise-grade security without the extra layer of management. This is particularly useful for small, midsize, or widely distributed organizations that typically don’t have dedicated security or IT teams.

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