In the world of cybersecurity, business networks are particularly high-risk targets. Hackers are aware that business networks contain a number of endpoints, all of which can be exploited and which all can be vulnerable. Large business have thousands of employees on the network, hence opening up the possibility that even a single misstep, deliberate or by mistake, can lead to large-scale consequences for the company in question.
Hence, business networks provide the first point of entry for any malicious criminals who are looking for an opportunity to infiltrate or breach a network’s defense. Because of the vast range of networking threats in a business network, a single service is often not enough to secure a business’ network security. Hence that is why most businesses are increasingly looking towards Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution to bolster their cybersecurity defense. According to reports, deployment of UTM has seen a growth of 20.7 percent recently.
A unified solution
It is important to understand what UTM brings to the table and its wide-ranging scope. Unlike a single solution like say a firewall which keeps threats out, Unified Threat Management is a comprehensive solution which offers a range of tools and hence simplifies security requirements. It unifies all threat management tools in one place, allowing for easier usage and tracking. Without this kind of an integrated security solution, a network administrator will have to keep track of different types of solutions, opening up the risk of an error or a mistake.
Seqrite’s Unified Threat Management solution offers ease of use and brings key requirements like network security, management, backup and recovery of data and other critical network services together under a single unified umbrella. Since it is one product which integrates a host of different features, it allows network administrators to replace multiple security programs with just one security solution.
Benefits of UTM
While antivirus, anti-spam, firewall, Web/URL Filter, Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) are just some of the features which UTM offers, there a host of additional features which help administrators secure their network. Some of the major ones are:
- Gateway Mail Protection: This feature scans inbound and outbound email messages along with attachments while the in-built spam filter runs a series of tests on inbound email messages. Malicious entries via attachments are blocked immediately at the point of entry.
- Content Filtering: Nowadays content filtering has become an essential solution for enterprises. The modern take on web content involves scanning the entire domain and breaking down web traffic. The Content Filtering feature in UTM allows organizations to filter web sites and create a whitelist of URLs and domains required. A similar blacklist can also be created. The feature also blocks non-business web traffic which minimizes the load on organizational bandwith.
- Load Balancing: Does the weight of multiple requests threaten to bring your business network to a standstill? UTM’s Load Balancing feature looks to solve that by balancing the load between multiple ISPs. Traffic is balanced based on weight and priority, allowing for proper traffic distribution between servers and also incorporates failovers by assigning secondary servers.
- Virtual Private Network (VPN): Virtual Private Network offers a level of flexibility for network administrators. It sets up remote offices or roaming users with secure communication access to their organization’s network over the Internet. The advantage of this is that users enjoy a level of freedom thanks to remote access, while at the same time, also having the confidence that their communication is secure.
Apart from these four, some other important features of Seqrite’s UTM solution which helps in greater cybersecurity are Bandwidth Management, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), IP Port Forwarding, Logs and Reports, Automatic Link Failover and Policy Based Routing. With all these solutions in one integrated device, network administrators can make their jobs less complex and make their business networks far more secure to withstand the prevailing threats in today’s cybersecurity environment.