Unified Threat Management

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What Does Unified Threat Management Mean?

Unified threat management (UTM) refers to a specific kind of IT product that combines several key elements of network security to offer a comprehensive security package to buyers. A unified threat management solution involves combining the utility of a firewall with other guards against unauthorized network traffic along with various filters and network maintenance tools, such as anti-virus programs.

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Techopedia Explains Unified Threat Management

The emergence of unified threat management is a relatively new phenomenon, because the various aspects that make up these products used to be sold separately. However, by selecting a UTM solution, businesses and organization can deal with just one vendor, which may be more efficient. Unified threat management solutions may also promote easier installation and updates for security systems, although others contend that a single point of access and security can be a liability in some cases.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.