Unified threat management (UTM): Which solution is best?

IT Central Station users review the highest reviewed solutions in the unified threat management (UTM) market.


The cyber-threat landscape is constantly changing, and with attackers rapidly evolving their tactics, it is now clear that traditional approaches to security are inadequate. To meet the advanced threats of today, businesses need to implement unified threat management strategies that can protect their operations across all verticals simultaneously.

Over 388,000 professionals have used IT Central Station research to inform their purchasing decisions. Their latest paper looks at the highest rated UTM vendors, profiling each and examining what they can offer enterprise.

Here’s a breakdown of the key players currently active in the market:

Juniper SRX

Average Rating: 7.7

Top Comparison: Fortinet FortiGate

Overview: High-performance security with advanced, integrated threat intelligence, delivered on the industry's most scalable and resilient platform.

Juniper vSRX

Average Rating: 8.2

Top Comparison: Juniper SRX

Overview: Protects against the lateral spread of advanced threats between virtual machines within enterprise network borders, provides scalable application security for dynamic workloads and protects mission-critical workloads.

Meraki MX

Average Rating: 8.3

Top Comparison: Fortinet FortiGate

Overview: Gives administrators complete control over the users, content, and applications on their network.

Sophos Cyberoam UTM

Average Rating: 7.6

Top Comparison: Fortinet FortiGate

Overview: Offers comprehensive security to organisations, ranging from large enterprises to small and branch offices. Multiple security features integrated over a single, Layer 8 Identity-based platform make security simple, yet highly effective.

Sophos UTM

Average Rating: 8.4

Top Comparison: pfSense

Overview: Protects businesses from known and emerging malware - viruses, rootkits and spyware.

Stormshield Network Security

Average Rating:  8.0

Top Comparison: Fortinet FortiGate

Overview: Uses protocol conformity analysis, application filtering and antivirus analysis to inspect authorised traffic flows and strengthen application security.

Untangle NG Firewall

Average Rating: 9.3

Top Comparison: pfSense

Overview: A single, modular platform that fits the evolving needs of enterprise without the headaches of multiple point solutions.

WatchGuard Firebox

Average Rating: 8.6

Top Comparison: Fortinet FortiGate

Overview: Designed from the ground up to focus on ease of deployment, use, and ongoing management, in addition to providing the strongest security possible.

Zyxel Unified Security Gateway

Average Rating: 6.0

Top Comparison: pfSense

Overview: Delivers high-access quality to help businesses satisfy the demand for always-online communications.

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