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Check Point comes out on top; Kerio, WatchGuard, Cyberoam and Sophos score high in review of unified threat management (UTM) devices

If you run a small business, you have a lot of choices to protect your network. You can buy a consumer-grade router for less than $50, you can spend more than $4,000 for an enterprise firewall, or you can select something in between.

That’s where unified threat management (UTM) products fit. UTMs integrate five basic security features: firewall, IDS/IPS, anti-virus/anti-spam, VPN and outbound content filtering to prevent phishing and browser-based attacks. UTMs offer easy setup and they can support a 25-person small business for an average of around $1,500.

We tested eight devices: Check Point Software's 640, Dell/SonicWall's NSA 250MW, Cyberoam CR35iNG (which is now a separate company from Elitecore Technologies), Fortinet's FortiGate-100D, Juniper Networks' SRX220H-POE, Kerio Technologies' Control 1100, Sophos/Astaro's UTM 220, and WatchGuard Technolgies' XTM 330.

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