The Difference between Unified Threat Management and Next-Generation Firewalls

The Difference between UTM and NGFW

Network security within an IT environment is essential. Not only does it protect your company’s most prized asset, its data, but it also protects end-users from potential threats.
Two elements of network security often confused are Unified Threat Management and Next-Generation Firewalls. To understand the difference between unified threat management and next-generation firewalls it is important to fully understand each concept individually.

What is Unified Threat Management?

Aiming to protect your business from security threats, Unified Threat Management (UTM) is a system type of network hardware appliance, virtual appliance or cloud service. Combining and integrating multiple security services and features UTM is able to protect business data through a secure network.
An important element of UTM is that it includes server network security technologies. These network security technologies include antispam services, application control as well as intrusion detection. In addition to this, UTM also offers Virtual Private Network functions along with web filtering for content and URL capabilities.

What is a Next-Generation Firewall?

Different from traditional firewalls, Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW) combine traditional firewall principals with other network device filtering functionalities. These functionalities include application awareness, integrated intrusion prevention systems, identity awareness and group control, bridged and routed modes as well as the ability to use external intelligence sources.
As well as offering a “low-cost” option for companies looking to improve basic device security NGFWs also offer other benefits. These benefits include the blocking of malware as well as addressing persistent threats.

The Difference between UTM and NGFW

While some may consider the terms interchangeable. There are some key differences between Unified Threat Management and Next-Generation Firewalls.
Next-Generation Firewalls are typically defined as firewalls with enhanced intrusion prevention and application intelligence. Unified Threat Management, on the other hand, includes those features as well as others such as email security, wireless security, web application firewalls and virtual private networks.
In this view, UTM systems include NGFW as components.

How Triple4 Can Help

Lack of network security within an IT environment has the potential to lead to exposure allowing for attack and compromise of important business data.
Within the network security sub-stream, Triple4 offers the management of firewalls. In an effort to ensure the health of your network is well maintained, Triple4 also offers a variety of discussions around vulnerability assessments in order to ensure that your network traffic is clean, risk-free and encrypted. By implementing Care 4 Network within your IT environment Triple4 offers monitoring and management in terms of who is allowed in, out, when, to where and why. Contact us about how Care 4 Network can optimise your IT environment.

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