UTM has gone far beyond its origins for companies seeking comprehensive security

Róisín Kiberd on UTM or "unified threat management" and how it has evolved with advances in IT security

5th November, 2017
Michael Conway, founding director of Renaissance Contingency Services Picture: Maura Hickey

Technically speaking, UTM stands for ‘unified threat management’, a term which originally referred to hardware appliances designed to combine security measures including a firewall, intrusion detection and anti-virus software, all housed within a single box.

Today, however, UTM goes beyond the box. Unified threat management has evolved into a largely virtual cluster of functionalities, including anti-spyware, anti-spam, content filtering, leak prevention, intrusion prevention and more.

“Firewalls are not going anywhere, they’re just evolving,”...

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