Reducing TCO In Enterprise IT Security

Published: 5 Apr 2011

The Rise of Integrated Security Management in Enterprise Networks

After many years of having different security solutions embedded in the network, organizations are now beginning to view security as an issue that ideally needs to be integrated and managed by one main security platform. This trend has sparked Security Vendors to supply products that integrate different sub-solutions under the names of Unified Threat Management (UTM), Next Generation Firewall, Application Firewall, IDS/IPS, etc.

These solutions were initially offered as integrated, easy-to-manage security solutions to Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) that had a need for security measures but could not afford the best of breed solutions in the market. After successfully selling to SMBs, these vendors are positioning their integrated solutions to Enterprises under the premise that an integrated solution can be more cost effective in handling the different security threats facing today's enterprises.

While this statement might be true, there are several challenges that make Enterprise-size organizations a hard sale for these solutions.

What is a UTM and is This Solution Worth the Cost?

The most representative solution in this trend of Integrated Security Management is the Unified Threat Management (UTM). UTM is a class of products which combine Firewall, VPN, Intrusion Prevention, Antivirus, URL Filtering and Anti-spam into a single network appliance, and provides all these functions at a much lower cost than if these components were purchased separately. Similar approaches are also used by Next Generation Firewall, and IDS/IPS devices.

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