Is UTM Technology Worth the Spend for Your SMB?

Aug 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

If you’re running a small to mid-sized business (SMB), you may have been too busy to keep up with all that’s going on in cyberspace, so let’s catch you up: Bad guys wreaking havoc on your network is a real risk.

The National Small Business Association noted in its most recent study on cybersecurity that 42 percent of its members said they had been cyber attack victims. Thieves stole credit card numbers in about a third of cases. In addition, 13 percent said the network was compromised, and 10 percent said a bank account was hacked.

Cybersecurity is perplexing for growing SMBs.

Whether you make it your business to understand network security or not, you likely know that most security systems for SMBs are complicated. As a business owner or IT specialist, you also know that security systems can be expensive and unwieldy.

If your business is like many in your sector, it has added wireless from one provider, switching from another, and a firewall from yet another vendor. In the near future, you may be planning to add more servers and laptops, along with new anti-virus programs.

Certainly, your growth will mean more endpoints to secure in the office, on laptops and other devices connected to the network from anywhere, at any time.  Add to these the security needed to provide access to business productivity cloud apps. While SMBs find that cloud solutions are great for accessibility, lowering IT costs and ease-of-use, the downside is the vulnerability of data to compromise.  

Given the frequency and seriousness of cyber attacks, you have to wonder if your security system is really covering all the bases.  shutterstock_110027162.jpg

Since many small business owners are their own IT specialists, security can become the hope-and-pray-what-you-have-will-work part of the enterprise. You wouldn’t build your business plan based on the hope that your market can support your growth. There’s no reason to patch together a security plan that you hope will hold during your growth.

There’s a better way.

Simplify security with Unified Threat Management.

A growing number of SMBs are moving to – or even starting with – Unified Threat Management (UTM) — a flexible, consolidated system that provides more security at a lower cost. UTM has evolved from traditional firewall technology into fully-integrated security that performs multiple security functions from single, simple to manage appliance. When evaluating UTM security, look for these important elements:

  • All-in-one firewall appliances developed with SMBs in mind

  • Processors that are dedicated to security functions, rather than as an add-on for general business purposes

  • SPAM filtering, gateway antivirus protection and intrusion detection or prevention as part of the standard solution set

  • Email filtering, web filtering network intrusion detection, prevention and data loss prevention processes you can manage via a single console.

  • Capabilities that include extensive routing, switching, Wi-Fi, LAN, and WAN capabilities.

  • Performance and reliability validated by independent researchers and test labs. Fortinet’s UTM solution for example, was named a Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for the 8th consecutive year — ranking higher than any competitor in its ability to execute and among the highest in its completeness of vision. The report notes the quality of Fortinet's performance and pricing for SMB customers, its large threat research team and the integration of many products through its Fortinet Security Fabric.

Small businesses like yours can’t afford to be vulnerable to cyber attacks or have a network that doesn’t perform up-to-speed. Istonish , a partner of Fortinet, delivers advanced automated UTM security solutions, including FortiGate UTM solutions, that meet the challenges of today's SMBs. Download our sample security assessment today.

James Mathis

Written by James Mathis

James Mathis is a Systems Administrator at Istonish.

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