Organizations face cyber threats on multiple fronts. There is a threat of virus and malware that can corrupt the data on individual machines and servers, malware that can damage the systems and programs, network intrusions to steal the information from the company’s network, DDoS attacks and internal data theft using plug-in devices amongst many others. The market is full of solutions to address these threats individually. Traditionally, organizations need to have these different security solutions layered to protect themselves. However, managing all these layers becomes a challenge in itself. It is here that an integrated security solution such as Seqrite Terminator helps organizations manage all threat avenues using a single, integrated solution that works via a single console and provides comprehensive cyber security to the company.
What is Unified Threat Management? (UTM)
Unified Threat Management is an integrated platform that implements an easy to use approach towards security management. It helps monitor and manage a variety of security related applications and infrastructure from a single console. It consolidates a broad range of security features in one single application that protects users from multiple cyber threats. It is a security solution that typically includes various security technologies such as antivirus, Firewall, VPN, Content Filtering, Intrusion prevention system, all in one easy to manage the network device. The device is usually installed at a gateway that connects the organization’s network to the outside work so that it monitors all the traffic flowing on the network as well as controls all the devices inside the network.
Advantages of Unified Threat Management (UTM)
There are multiple benefits of using a UTM solution. Some of the key ones are:
1. Ease of administration
UTM device is one integrated solution for all cyber security needs. Thus, the administration of various functions such as enabling/disabling a port, access to a particular website, managing firewall, running a virus check etc., can be done from one single console for all devices on the network. Most UTM devices provide a browser-based interface so that they can also be accessed remotely thereby saving time and money for the organization.
2. Prevents intrusion
The integrated Intrusion prevention system identifies and blocks the possible intrusion attacks. This ensures that network is always up and available for regular business traffic.
3. Block risky communication
Many UTM solutions can scan Peer-to-Peer (P2P) and Instant Messaging (IM) communications. They can quickly identify hazardous or counterproductive communication. This increases the network security and the employee productivity.
4. Email and Web Protection
UTM can scan the incoming and outgoing email traffic for a variety of threats including viruses, spam, spyware and phishing attacks. It can also check for incoming email’s address and IPs to ensure it is not coming from a malign IP address. Additionally, UTM can filter URLs and web content, preventing the employee from accessing dangerous and inappropriate web content thus protecting the organization from threats and potential legal liabilities.
5. Remote Access Security
UTM solution provides additional VPN security for remote access to the network by mobile employees. The inbuilt authentication system also ensures that user’s identities are confirmed before they are able to access the organization’s network.
Seqrite Terminator- More than just UTM
The Seqrite Terminator combines all the above-mentioned capability in one easy to deploy and manage device. Apart from the Antivirus and spam protection, a secure firewall, a web/URL filter, a robust intrusion prevention system, email security and VPN; the Seqrite Terminator also provides following features:
- Bandwidth Management: To dynamically control the bandwidth allocation between various groups or individuals and machines.
- DHCP Server: For dynamic allocation of IP addresses.
- Load Balancing: To allow balancing of traffic between multiple ISPs for most efficient usage.
- Automatic Link Failover: To switch over the ISP when one of the links fails.
- Application classification and control: To allow or block the access to applications based on business rules.
Unified Threat Management is the need of the hour. With the number of threats and avenues of threats increasing at rapid speed, there is a need for organizations to have a strong defense mechanism against cyber attacks. However, business organizations need to rationalize the expenditure on cyber security as they protect their assets from multiple risks. The UTM solutions such as Seqrite Terminator address this need by providing a comprehensive security with minimal resource requirements.