What is Unified Threat Management, and how does it work? A Unified Threat Management (UTM) device is a firewall that contains a range of network security and protection capabilities.

A UTM allows administrative monitoring and features programs such as the following:

• Anti-virus

• Anti-malware

• Content filtering

• Data loss prevention (DPN)

• Intrusion prevention system (IPS)

A UTM can strengthen network security, which can make company networks less vulnerable to inner and outer threats and attacks.

UTMs work in the following ways:

1) Integrated Packaging
A UTM combines several security applications into a single integrated platform. This can result in reduced complexity, reduced employee training, easy migration, and protection against combined threats.

2) Packet Inspection
Information that passes through networks (including the Internet) is divided into units called packets. UTMs typically use Deep Packet Inspection to scan incoming packets for viruses, malware, and other threats before they enter a network.

3) Automatic Updates
A UTM can automatically update its signatures that detect problems so that manual interventions become infrequent. Therefore, administrators may gain confidence that their security stays up-to-date without effort on their part.

4) Administrative Management
Administrators can easily access and manage a UTM’s continuous configuration functions, such as blocking certain websites in company computers. Additionally, the absence of multiple boxes and operating systems can increase usability and save time and money in the long run.
UTMs can greatly benefit small- to medium-sized businesses, especially those that follow strict regulations and compliance such as HIPAA and CIPA. As the number of malware incidents increase each year, companies become more at risk. With many features and capabilities, UTMs can offer robust network and data protection.