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Top 10 UTM Appliances

Unified threat management tools are an important addition to security teams’ arsenal, but there are many entrants to consider. To help you winnow the list of potential vendors, we analyzed feature sets – as well as company maturity level and financial footing – to identify the top 10 UTM appliances on the market.

With cyber attacks on the increase and IT regulatory requirements becoming ever more burdensome, it is more important than ever for organizations to deploy a comprehensive unified threat management (UTM) product. This report lists 10 UTM appliances that we have identified as market leaders.

So, what is unified threat management? Gartner defines unified threat management as “a converged platform of point security products, particularly suited to small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Typical feature sets fall into three main subsets, all within the UTM: firewall/intrusion prevention system (IPS)/virtual private network, secure Web gateway security (URL filtering, Web antivirus [AV]) and messaging security (anti-spam, mail AV).”

To create this report, we analyzed a few dozen UTM vendors to determine the top 10 market leaders. The 10 vendors that were selected are all established companies that appear to be financially sound. We limited our selections to those that offer an on-premises UTM option such as a physical or virtual appliance. All of the products that we considered offer firewall, IDS/IPS and advanced threat protection capabilities. The vendors also provide centralized management and content filtering capabilities, along with malware protection and various other features. For instance, some of the selected products offer VPN capabilities or provide protection that is based on artificial intelligence.

It is also worth noting that this report limits our discussion of each vendor to a single product line, even though some vendors offer similar capabilities across multiple UTM appliances. For example, we limited our discussion of Palo Alto Networks to its PA-Series appliances, even though the company’s VM-Series offers many of the same capabilities.

With those details out of the way, here are the 10 vendors that we’ve identified as leaders in the UTM market, listed alphabetically (requires registration).



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