A Unified Threat Management (UTM) is an approach that allows an IT department to manage the entirety of an organizations network security through a lone console. Having all relevant applications, programs and infrastructure components controllable via a single heads-up display (HUD) makes network monitoring, configuration, and threat response so much easier that a single network administrator might be enough to do the job thus freeing other IT personnel for other tasks.
A UTM is also referred to as USM (Unified Security Management) and is the latest phase in the evolution of the firewall. The management system would be composed of everything an organization may need to maintain adequate security functions. The system was initially designed for Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) who are often tight on the budget and short on manpower. Today, UTM variations for Fortune 500 corporations as well as small and startup enterprises.
The Unified Threat Management console, often referred to as the UTM appliance, should have under its control all apps and components needed to provide the minimum acceptable level of network security.
All-in-one solutions are more affordable and user-friendly compared to getting one solution for each function. This is what makes Unified Threat Management systems so attractive. In the past five years, the UTM industry has steadily grown by more than 40% per annum.
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