Unified threat management (UTM) refers to a comprehensive security product that includes protection against multiple threats. A UTM product typically includes a firewall, antivirus software, content filtering and a spam filter in a single integrated package. The term was originally coined by IDC, a provider of market data, analytics and related services. UTM vendors include Fortinet, LokTek, Secure Computing Corporation and Symantec.
The principal advantages of UTM are simplicity, streamlined installation and use, and the ability to update all the security functions or programs concurrently. As the nature and diversity of Internet threats evolves and grows more complex, UTM products can be tailored to keep up with them all. This eliminates the need for systems administrators to maintain multiple security programs over time.