Unifying Your Business’ Security Infrastructure
How many security solutions does your organization have implemented at any given time? Traditionally, businesses have implemented what we call “point solutions,” which are software tools designed to address a specific part of your security infrastructure. While this approach is certainly better than not having security at all, it presents several problems that must also be addressed in order to most effectively protect your organization.
Directive is in the business of equipping companies with great security tools that allow them to go about their day-to-day operations with little to fear from hackers and other cyberthreats. One way we help organizations shore up weaknesses and allow for convenient and consistent management of security tools is through what is called a Unified Threat Management tool. It differs from the traditional method of threat management in one significant way: it provides a single point of reference for your entire security infrastructure. What does this mean for security? Well, a whole lot.
The Greatest Benefit of a UTM
Let’s say that you have a team working on a project. Each of them is responsible for handling one specific task and nothing else. While they might excel at doing one particular task, they struggle while communicating with each other. This is often how network security works when you do not have a centralized security tool controlling the process. Your solutions don’t talk to each other correctly, and since you have multiple security software tools, each of them will have licenses that must be renewed every so often.
Having a centralized security solution like a Unified Threat Management tool is the equivalent of assigning a project manager in the aforementioned comparison. The project manager is the central point of contact that each individual team member reports to and the one responsible for steering the trajectory and overall strategy of the project. The UTM is the centralized hub of your cybersecurity infrastructure, each individual aspect of it serving as one of the spokes that keep it together.
A UTM commonly consists of a comprehensive array of cybersecurity solutions, including antivirus, firewalls, content blocking, and spam filtering solutions, all of which combine to provide considerable protections against most threats out there. Imagine managing all four of these individually—wouldn’t it be easier to just do so from one central location? That’s right, it would, and that’s why the UTM is such a valuable tool.
Get Started with Unified Threat Management Today
Directive wants to help your company overcome the countless challenges that come from securing its network infrastructure. We like to start with a comprehensive network security analysis that gives you a clear picture of the current state of your network’s security. We can then work toward implementing comprehensive measures that are designed with your specific needs in mind.
To learn more about how to keep your business safe, reach out to us at 607.433.2200.
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