NGFW and UTM, What is the difference?


Heath Freel's BLOG

Over the last week or so I have been researching and trying to find the difference between NGFW (Next Generation Firewall) and UTM (Unified Threat Management). I came across some great blogs that helped me cut through the marketing hype.

https://blog.anitian.com/utm-v-ngfw-a-single-shade-of-gray/

In this blog the Author makes some great points that essentially argue that there is no difference. As I read through the comments on the blog, it was not so clear, as many argued that there is a big difference.

When I looked up the definition of NGFW and UTM in Wikipedia to get a baseline as to where I would end up on this argument, it solidified in my mind that these are in fact the same thing.

Gartner states an NGFW should provide:

  • Non-disruptive in-line bump-in-the-wire configuration
  • Standard first-generation firewall capabilities, e.g., network-address translation (NAT), stateful protocol inspection (SPI) and virtual private networking (VPN), etc.
  • Integrated signature based IPS…

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