Unified Threat Management or Firewall + Web security software

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Unified Threat Management
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Web security
I wish to know that, whether deployment of a single UTM box will do a better job then combination of both firewall & web security software in place together?

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One major consideration: single point of failure. If this device were to fail for some reason, it would take down all the protective services it offers. That being said, it is nice to have one consolidated system to manage and configure. You have to decide on the risks for your organization and what the best solution for it would be.

Try a Google search on UTM buyers guide. This will bring up some resources that should answer many of your questions.

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  • TheRealRaven
    Maybe it will, and may be it won't. No way we can tell for your environment. It's hard enough to decide for our own environments where we have practically all relevant info.

    The basic concept is the difference between many integrated components from a single source vs. many separate components from multiple sources.

    The "integrated" aspect can be important for many sites. But it's unlikely that the individual components are all the "best" in their classes because a diverse company has difficulty attracting and keeping the best developers of products.

    Smaller, focused companies may have innovative approaches that fuel their progress. Developers even from bigger companies may choose to set off on their own for personal goals. The "best" in each type of component can easily surpass the "best" of integrated components.

    It's very hard for one organization to remain at the top in all competitive categories (if it ever happens).

    So, it all depends on what's "best" for you. If you have good integration experience and you can use good components with appropriate resources, UTM might not be "best" for you. If UTM supplies those for you, then it's probably a good way to go.
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