Small and medium-sized business (SMBs  are increasingly aware of the fact that they are targets of cybercrime as much as large enterprises. And this fact reinforces the adoption of Unified Threat Management (UTM) platforms to protect their environments. According to Gartner, in the next 5 years the UTM market will be mobilized by the following trends1:

 

  • 30% of SMBs will select firewalls with mature endpoint correlation capabilities;
  • 50% of new firewall purchases in distributed enterprises will utilize SD-WAN features;
  • 10% of new distributed branch offices firewall deployment will switch to firewall as a service.

 

Do you know why UTM is the perfect technology for the security of SMB networks?

Cost-benefit.

UTM fits the needs of SMBs: it increases the protection of network environments by unifying different technologies (firewall, IPS – intrusion prevention system, VPN – virtual private networks, ATP – advanced threat protection, SWG – Secure web gateway) that are able to correctly address various types of digital threats.

Since no company is free from cyber risk, SMBs need to invest in information security technology. At this point UTM makes the investment smarter, as the company is able to acquire advanced technologies in a single, device at a cost more adjusted to their reality.

In addition, UTM solves the challenge of the lack of specialized security teams in SMEs. The tool facilitates the management of network environments with predefined settings, which reduces misconfiguration and non-conformities.

 

Want to know more about UTM? Keep reading:

How SMBs can benefit from a network security product

 

 

1 Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management (SMB Multifunction Firewalls)