The security industry does a great job scaring its customers. We talk about threats becoming ever more threatening. The perimeter dissolving. The plethora of risks from inside and outside the company. Villains trying the defenses. It’s all a bit scary, as it should be.
If we’re right, which we think we are, there’s really just one way to deliver the protections needed: as a platform. The security industry is fundamentally a cat-and-mouse game. Historically, protection has gotten better, attacks have been fended off, but villains continue to get smarter, new attacks emerge and result in damages, and the cycle continues and never ends. The air-tight protection of yester-year becomes as leaky as a fish net. How can we deliver true protection and keep up with the cycle?
Here comes Security as a Platform (SaaP). It has three elements:
- A software architecture to bring in new services easily.
- A “single pane of glass” management framework, so customers are not confused when new services are introduced.
- A hardware foundation that delivers the level of performance needed to support these services and software now, and sufficient performance headroom for the future.
This SaaP defines WatchGuard’s approach to unified threat management (UTM). We focus on building the best platform so we can introduce new, world-class security services quickly. We have a friendly and uniform management framework that allows all security services to work together and provide reporting data seamlessly. And, our platforms have sufficient head room so as we add new services you don’t need to upgrade hardware. But, if you do need a bigger box due to other growth factors, everything is compatible for easy upgrades.
On the surface, WatchGuard looks just like a standard multi-function box. Underneath, it packs uncompromising world-class security services and unparalleled performance. We can make this promise because of how we’re architected.
What should you do if you’re thinking of upgrading your gateway security? Here are some tips to consider when evaluating vendor solutions:
- List all the security services you need today.
- Find the box that has all of them, turn all of those services on, measure the performance.
- Check the CPU and memory utilization and make sure there is at least 30 percent of head-room left.
- Repeat for all candidate boxes.
- During the process, evaluate how easy it is to manage those services. If multiple of those devices are needed, check the ease-of-use for centralized management.
- Choose the best one within your budget.