What is Unified Threat Management, and how can small businesses benefit from it?

What is Unified Threat Management, and how can small businesses benefit from it?

Nowadays, the cybersecurity landscape is more complicated than ever. Business leaders and their employees constantly juggle multiple disconnected security solutions to do their jobs while trying to keep corporate data safe. When it comes to cybersecurity, many companies use a wide variety of systems and processes, such as firewalls, antivirus software, and intrusion detection and prevention.

Unfortunately, implementing and maintaining multiple security systems don’t come easy, especially when you factor in the increasing prevalence of mobile devices and decentralized computing systems. That’s why you need a way to reduce complexity, increase efficiency, and maximize security all without unnecessary financial burden or decreased productivity.

Simplifying Cybersecurity with Unified Threat Management (UTM)

The purpose of UTM is to bring everything together under one hood; a single admin dashboard that provides complete control and visibility into all your systems and lets you easily manage access rights and other security policies. For smaller businesses, this is also a far more affordable solution because it requires less maintenance while reducing, or even eliminating, the need to run multiple security services.

UTM solutions should include seven main features, all of which are critical elements in any corporate cybersecurity strategy. These include antivirus software, intrusion protection, antimalware, firewalls, virtual private networking (VPN), URL filtering, and data loss prevention. Some solutions may include additional features designed for organizations with specific needs, such as those subject to compliance regulations.

Although there’s some overlap between cybersecurity solutions of different types, the unified approach serves as an entire security roadmap providing multiple levels of protection from external monitoring to antivirus and antimalware software installed on workplace machines. Because each of the seven layers serves a different purpose, a UTM solution is critical for locking down your entire corporate network.

But What about Having a Single Point of Failure?

It’s often said that the greatest advantage of UTM is also its greatest weakness. After all, one would assume that relying on one solution for your entire cybersecurity strategy translates into having a single point of failure. In theory, that means one security gap could immediately compromise each of those seven layers of protection.

Fortunately, that’s not necessarily the case. Today’s UTM solutions are distributed across the network and typically managed by an external service provider that will have access to best-in-class technology as well as the expertise required to operate it optimally. And because UTM simplifies your cybersecurity architecture, it also makes configuration easier while providing complete visibility into your data and the status of your network. On top of that, any reputable service provider should also have redundant systems in place should the primary fail.

It’s also worth noting that UTM is really only ‘unified’ from the perspective of the end user, such as your chief information officer. This means administration is easier, while the underlying technology consists of seven independent layers of protection all working together to keep your corporate IT infrastructure under lock and key. With fail-safe methods built in, there’s simply no more efficient way to protect your data.

At PC Lan Techs, we pride ourselves on helping businesses in Palm Beach County with a complete range of managed services from cybersecurity to cloud computing to IT consultancy. Give us a call today to get your free network assessment.

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