Networking vendor Netgear has expanded its ProSecure range with a new unified threat management (UTM) offering designed to boost reliability and performance while reducing management overheads.
The UTM 150 is aimed specifically at smaller organisations, protecting firms with around 150 users from threats such as viruses, malware, spam, phishing and denial-of-service attacks and malicious embedded code.
The product can also help IT managers enforce acceptable use policies and therefore help boost overall staff productivity, said the firm.
The UTM 150 has been engineered to provide an easy-to-configure product which offers smaller firms the same levels of advanced security protection that they would normally only find in an enterprise-grade product, said Netgear.
New features include improved graphical reporting capabilities and automatic software and malware signature updates which could help make the life of the network administrator much easier. IT professionals can replace an existing VPN/firewall or router with a UTM in less than 30 minutes, said Netgear.
"Today, with many UTM vendors offering products that seem similar on the surface, it becomes even more important for customers to focus on how effective these solutions actually are at protecting mid-sized enterprise networks," said Lawrence Pingree, research director for datacentre transformation and cloud security at Gartner.
"IT decision-makers should also consider speed, capacity, reliability and ease of use when evaluating UTM devices."
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