Unified Threat Management: What's In, What's Next, and Why?

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Derek E. Brink, VP & Research Fellow for IT Security, Aberdeen Group

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In the current market, selecting a Unified Threat Management solution is like a box of chocolates … you never know what you're going to get. Baseline UTM functionality is generally agreed to include network firewall, anti-virus, intrusion detection / prevention, and virtual private network, i.e., core capabilities for securing your IT infrastructure. Aberdeen's research shows that buyer attention for new UTM functionality is clearly turning to capabilities that will help them address the many "channels" (including email, web, instant messaging, peer-to-peer file sharing, and voice over IP) for the potential loss or exposure of their sensitive data. Organizations should look past any confusion about names for the UTM solution category, to the tangible benefits that Best-in-Class companies are realizing from adopting the UTM approach: year-over-year reduction in actual threat / vulnerability related incidents, audit deficiencies, unscheduled downtime, and total associated staff.

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