In case you missed it, the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management is out. Obviously, this is something that we at Fortinet are very proud of and because of its significance; however it is worth calling out a few points relating to this report.
– For starters, I think it’s worth calling out that every vendor listed in a Magic Quadrant deserves recognition and reward. It is no easy task, nor is it a trivial manner just to qualify for an MQ, and for this reason, placement in ANY quadrant position – Leader, Challenger, Visionary and Niche – deserves merit. Qualification alone is a testament to a company’s vision and ability to execute in today’s hyper-competitive security market.
– Over the past few years, there has been a lot of marketing hype and confusion about the term, “next-generation firewall” or NGFW for short. Let’s be clear about this… a NGFW is nothing more than a firewall with integrated IPS, Application Control and web filtering. Great stuff to be sure, but far less powerful than a UTM. A UTM does NGFW capabilities and more! In fact, Gartner says this in the report:
UTM products must continually add new functions and therefore encompass the feature set of many other network security solutions, including next-generation firewall, secure Web gateway and secure email gateway.
As you can see, a UTM includes next-generation firewalling capabilities. So, the real question you should ask is whether you need a limited functioning firewall, like an NGFW, or a complete and comprehensive firewall, like a UTM?
– Yes, it is true… performance matters. Especially with a UTM, performance is, and historically has been, the Achilles heel. It’s a well known fact that as more and more security features are enabled, performance degrades. This is why it is critical to utilize independent, 3rd party tests, such as NSS Labs, to verify real world testing environments.
Security for Today AND Tomorrow
– This may be more subtle, but it is a question you should ask… Do you want security from a security company (one that has a threat research lab, and that develops its own hardware and software) or from a networking company? That should be a no-brainer. But, amongst security vendors, dig deeper.
Of those, which vendors have a threat research team? Which vendors rely on other security vendors for IPS or AV signatures? Which vendors are “one-trick ponies” versus those who have breadth and product portfolio depth? Does your security vendor offer DDoS, WAF, and other security products? Or, just ask about the vendor’s business… Are they profitable? Will they be around in a few years, or are they just looking to be acquired?
Bottom line, to be a leader in security is much more, far much more than a dot on a grid.
But, who am I kidding… We are super-proud to be a “Leader” again in this year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management! It is an incredible testament to the engineers, threat researchers, well, everyone here at Fortinet who makes this company what it is today.
So, here it is… your complimentary copy of the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management. Enjoy!
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