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UTM Firewall vs IPS appliance
From: John Kaftan <jkaftan () UTICA EDU>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 17:05:42 -0400


We are looking at refreshing our firewalls and are wondering what others
are doing in terms of IPS.  Is the UTM firewall winning over a separate IPS
appliance?  What are you using and why?

I could see a few different factors when considering this decision.

1. Budget.  Single appliance is likely less expensive than 2.
2. Culture.  If security is a separate dept than networking perhaps it
would make more sense to have the security team run the IPS as
a separate appliance and the network team control the traditional FW.
3. For some the answer might be both if you have a fat budget and want
redundancy in IPS.
4. If you want to have multiple sensor points perhaps a series of IPS
appliances would be best. UTMs are typically just at the edge.
5. Any other factors to consider such as performance?


John Kaftan
IT Infrastructure Manager
Utica College

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