crn5000-inc2015 BPTW logo
Contact us today!
(918) 770-8738

Integrated Business Technologies Blog

Integrated Business Technologies has been serving the Broken Arrow area since 2007, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

How Does a UTM Firewall Protect Your Business?

Every time you pick up a personal computer from a vendor, chances are that it will have an extremely basic firewall pre-installed. These consumer-grade firewalls leave much to be desired, especially in the business environment. You’ll want to make sure that your organization is equipped with enterprise-level solutions designed to protect on both a fundamental level and an advanced level. To do this, you want to take advantage of a Unified Threat Management solution.

Often times, businesses are aware that they need protection, but don’t necessarily know what they are protecting from. We’ll explain what a UTM firewall does, and specifically how it protects your business.

What UTMs Accomplish

  • Intrusion detection and prevention: A UTM firewall can monitor network traffic to detect threats or violations of policy. If the firewall detects anything out of the ordinary, it can block the activity from proceeding and notify the administrator.
  • Deployment of anti-malware tools: Malware is troublesome at best, so your organization needs to take proactive measures to keep your systems secure. This includes updating your security solutions with the latest threat definitions, which a UTM can automatically accomplish as needed.
  • Application awareness: With application awareness, your organization can monitor application and resource usage in real time. This helps you notice when something is out of the ordinary regarding the behaviors of your infrastructure and loadouts. This extra layer of security can help alert administrators to problems that might otherwise slip through.
  • Load balancing: When you have multiple servers, load balancing allows them to distribute traffic in a way which keeps them from getting hit with too many requests at one time. This includes failovers, so if a server fails, any traffic destined for the server will be redirected to the secondary one. For example, if your email server were to experience troubles, the load balancer would redistribute the traffic so that it’s balanced between them. If one server is completely taken down, all of the traffic is redirected.
  • Delivery of secure virtual private networks: Data is often vulnerable while it is in transit, so VPNs take advantage of encryption to protect traffic and data traveling into and out of your network, even when accessing it remotely. Even if hackers do manage to steal data, it will be so difficult to decipher that it won’t be worth their effort.
  • Complete ID access control: You can easily allow access to your network on an IP or MAC address basis. This helps you limit your infrastructure access to only devices that have been approved by IT. All you need to do is whitelist the MAC addresses of approved devices, and provide the password to the connection.
  • Content and spam filtering: If you are using a UTM, you’ll also have access to content filtering and spam blocking--both of which are extremely important for enterprise-level security. You can block access to dangerous or wasteful websites, or keep annoying spam messages out of your inbox in the first place.
  • Traffic monitoring: Traffic monitoring lets your infrastructure determine priority, based on what the traffic is. For example, VoIP generally needs high priority to ensure that calls aren’t dropped. If you notice that these problems happen more often than you’d prefer, consider reaching out to your ISP about upping your bandwidth.

To take advantage of an enterprise-level UTM solution, reach out to Integrated Business Technologies at (918) 770-8738.



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Saturday, 21 October 2017
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

  • First Name *
  • Last Name *

      Free Consultation

      Sign up today for a
      FREE Network Consultation

      How secure is your IT infrastructure?
      Let us evaluate it for free!

      Sign up Now!


      Tag Cloud

      Security Technology Privacy Managed Service Provider Business Management Tip of the Week Microsoft Internet Saving Money Cloud Productivity Business Computing Workplace Tips Backup Best Practices IT Services Hackers Hosted Solutions IT Support Network Mobile Devices Hardware Business Email Malware Software Small Business Data Communication Smartphones Upgrade Windows Server Business Continuity Mobile Device Management Microsoft Office VoIP Virtualization Disaster Recovery Google Efficiency Computer Miscellaneous Mobile Office Gadgets Vendor Management Innovation Social Media Quick Tips User Tips Mobile Computing Holiday WiFi Windows 10 Passwords BYOD Smartphone Best Practice Bring Your Own Device Remote Monitoring Wireless Technology Trending Operating System Apple Users Spam Alert Browser Going Green The Internet of Things Content Filtering Internet of Things Remote Computing Android History Big Data Managed IT services Office Data Management Network Security IT Solutions Save Money Lithium-ion Battery Current Events IT Consultant Information Technology Firewall Unified Threat Management Windows 8 Printer Tech Support Humor Analytics Facebook Ransomware Saving Time Avoiding Downtime Gmail Hard Drives App Customer Relationship Management Marketing Collaboration Excel Phone System Office Tips Retail Phishing Managed IT Data Backup Apps IT service Application Virus Antivirus Business Growth Maintenance Fax Server Outsourced IT Artificial Intelligence Outlook Customer Service Hacking Health Computers Presentation Router iPhone Inbound Marketing Budget Automation Administration Recovery Running Cable Proactive IT Computer Repair Training User Error Social Digital Payment Employer-Employee Relationship Mobile Device Co-Managed IT VPN PowerPoint Risk Management Password Competition Display Network Congestion Tablet Downtime Encryption Project Management Two-factor Authentication Search Intranet Virtual Desktop USB Cybersecurity Business Intelligence Business Owner Mobility Hacker User Programming Hosted Solution Augmented Reality Analyitcs Money Data storage Piracy Education Robot Safety Sports Settings Licensing Printing Chrome End of Support Point of Sale Wireless Mouse Cybercrime Save Time LiFi Help Desk Document Management Hiring/Firing Files Net Neutrality Tip of the week IBM Website Data Recovery Statistics File Sharing Social Networking Adminstration CIO Fun Solid State Drive Alerts Word PC Care 3D Sync Redundancy Legal Value Public Speaking eBay eWaste Compliance Cortana Alt Codes Remote Support Leadership Mobile Device Managment Skype Streaming Media New Additions Text Messaging Environment Regulations Scam YouTube Print Server Knowledge Typing Work Station Networking Samsung Scheduling Google Drive LinkedIn Congratulations Video Surveillance Troubleshooting Debate How To Bandwidth Law Firm IT Experience Cryptocurrency Windows 8.1 Update Recycling Heating/Cooling Data Security Crowdfunding Google Docs Best Available Consumers Flexibility Bitcoin Software Tips Techology IP Address Bluetooth communications Hacks Online Currency Refrigeration Disaster Specifications Disaster Resistance Computer Accessories SaaS Unified Communications Macro Cost Management Digital Signature Managed IT Services IT Consulting Memory Laptop Telephony Computing Company Culture Twitter Data loss Documents Data Breach Monitors Wi-Fi Halloween Touchscreen Entrepreneur Gaming Console Deep Learning Google Wallet Undo PDF Technology Laws People Writing 5G Scary Stories Private Cloud Drones Unified Threat Management Social Engineering Buisness Office 365 Wearable Technology Public Cloud Identities Virtual Private Network Backups Conferencing Domains

      Top Blog

      Basically, any machine that uses fans and vents to cool itself can overheat if airflow is restricted. If you have used a laptop on your lap for an extended session, then you know what we are talking about when the computer becomes hot to the touch. Every portable device is designed a little diffe...