Ramp Up Network Security With UTM [Unified Threat Management]

| August 8, 2014

network_securityToday, businesses face a wide variety of threats to network security and company data. With new threats appearing daily, it’s an uphill battle to keep up with these challenges. Traditionally, companies have added stand-alone security technologies to maintain security. However, the cost is high, and each new product doesn’t always integrate with the existing ones. The end result is that blind spots are created, and potential threats may go undetected.

The latest and most effective solution is Unified Threat Management. UTM is the evolution of a traditional firewall into an all-inclusive security plan, which offers businesses the opportunity to ramp up network security while reducing costs. A UTM carries a variety of security capabilities, including firewall, gateway anti-virus, anti-spam, content filtering, and centralized reporting.

New Security Challenges and Solutions from B.Y.O.D.
Many companies allow employees to use their own computers and mobile devices for company business – which presents a serious (albeit unintentional) threats to network and data security. These “Bring Your Own Device” [B.Y.O.D.] offers an easy way for spyware to steal company data. Even the transmittal of company data in the cloud is an easy target for both malware and spyware. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can also be used for spear-phishing attacks to attain proprietary company information.

With UTM, security modules integrate security policies for specific employees and groups with directory integration. Businesses can get real-time visibility into what’s happening in the network at every level and stop traffic from dangerous sources. In addition, Virtual Private Networking (VPN) is available with enhanced encryption to secure connections from employee mobile users and branch offices. With UTM security products, employers get granular control over social networking applications to ensure social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are being used for work and not play. Employers can select and get time-stamped reports on application usage by individual users and groups.

Other Security Technologies in UTM
In addition to application control and VPN, UTM offers other security features, such as firewall protection and an intrusion prevention system. An IPS system ramps up security by protecting the internal network from threats both inside and outside of the network perimeter. It’s an important component of the firewall. With it, you can get custom signature entries from new or unknown attacks. With the ever-changing landscape of security threats, many layers of security are needed to ward off attacks.

For both small and large businesses that require well-rounded protection from daily threats, experts recommend purchasing a UTM solution that has the following features:

  • Firewall
  • Application control with VPN, IPS, web filtering, anti-spam, malware protection and data loss protection
  • Bandwidth control
  • IPv6 native support

Today, no network security system is complete without UTM. By implementing UTM into network security, businesses will have unparalleled protection from known, unknown and emerging threats. Businesses without UTM are leaving themselves open to fines, lawsuits and liability.

Network security has become essential in business, and the sobering data security statistics back up the need for UTM. One out of every six businesses will incur a data breach within the next two years; and more than 65 percent of those businesses will close within one year of a security breach. Altogether, about 98 percent of data breaches are linked to organized crime. The best security systems will look to stay current and stay ahead.

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Edward Podowski is the President of digiGENICS Business Solutions, an IT company offering a comprehensive suite of managed support services designed for the needs of small and mid-sized businesses. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Baltimore. He describes his job as being the “Chief Client Solutions Specialist” and focusing on the management of varied business solutions in network infrastructure, accounting and business management and internet services.