It certainly is less expensive to call up your unified threat management (UTM) firewall vendor and add an IPS or AV subscription rather than buy an IPS or an AV box. Yes, unified threat management products provide simplified management from a single point, but there is one particular UTM trade-off that you may not be aware of. Opus One's Joel Snyder explains the drawback.
For more on UTM:
- What is unified threat management?
- Demo: Watch expert David Strom as he configures a UTM device.
- Joel Snyder of Opus One talks about how unified threat management stacks up against an intrusion prevention system.
- U.K. Bureau Chief Ron Condon talks about how UTM appliances gain favor as information security budgets tighten.