Your appliance vendor will tell you that their UTM security appliance offers "all in one" protection. Most of them are exaggerating at best. In fact, most UTM appliances sized for the mid-market do not have enough layers of security to adequately protect your business. If you're considering using an appliance, and your vendor has used this...
The Hidden Costs of Network Security and UTM Appliances for SMBs
The interesting and attractive part of a network security appliance is that you can just plug it in to your network, get it configured, purchase a support contract with your hardware vendor, and then you're all set. When one takes a look with a focus on other costs, however, the flaws and blemishes become clear. Let's take a look at some of...
Dangerous Data: Prevention vs. Reaction
It was early September of 2017. I muttered under my breath as I tried to confirm my data's involvement in the Equifax hack. The website was slow; I had jumped on immediately after hearing the news, along with tens of millions of other Americans. At that point, I was concerned that my personal data had been compromised. After multiple tries to...
Beyond the Cloud-Based Secure Web Gateway
I recently sat down with Gill Langston to talk about Avast's Secure Web Gateway (SWG) technology, and a peek into his philosophy about the changing cybersecurity landscape. He's a sharp guy, has been a product manager for a long time in the security space, and as such veered from topic to topic and very verbosely answered my questions, just...
Keep Your Work Family Safe with Layered Security
Today is day 90 for me at Avast Business. I've recently transitioned from leading a team of great people to becoming an individual contributor again, and have adopted a whole new group of work family members. We have a crazy talented group here at Avast.
Proving the ROI of Better Network Security to your C-Level Executive
Let's face it: Explaining the value of better network security for your growing organization can be tough. Executives are hopefully guiding a growing company towards enterprise level, and your org has already reached over 300 employees.