gateProtect AG Stands Apart in the Unified Threat Management Market for Its Highly Successful Product Differentiation Strategy
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the unified threat management (UTM) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes gateProtect AG with the 2011 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Differentiation Excellence. gateProtect offers UTM solutions based on two unique and proprietary technologies. Its ergonomic graphical user interface (eGUI) provides customers with the market’s leading intuitive, visual, and 3-D interface to create and manage security policies. The Layer-8 technology adds further value to products by allowing customers to approve and assign services to specific users and groups.
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“In the highly competitive UTM market, where a few vendors account for the majority of market revenues, the ability to differentiate its products has helped propel gateProtect’s growth and reputation in the security industry,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Chris Rodriguez. “This helps gateProtect emerge as a top contender in the UTM market based on our competitive benchmarking.”
gateProtect’s eGUI simplifies the management of complex, multi-faceted security policies in a way that enables businesses to avoid weak or erroneous policies. This improves security levels since cyber attacks require complex policies for defense, and poorly written policies can permit breaches. The gateProtect UTM Layer-8 technology allows easy and fast creation of policies that provide access to services for only approved users while blocking unauthorized services and users. It represents a tremendous value for UTM customers that desire a contextual, logical and flexible system to manage complex security policies.
“Competing UTM vendors do offer graphical user interfaces for policy management purposes, but lack the process-oriented approach and intuitiveness of gateProtect’s eGUI,” said Rodriguez. “gateProtect provides UTM products that stand out for their ease-of-use and security effectiveness.”
By comparison, other UTM solutions that lack ease-of-use can expose customers to cyber threats due to misconfigured firewall rules and weak policies. gateProtect UTM products simplify the creation of strong security policies and therefore enable customers to reduce their risk exposure. It is also the only UTM vendor to implement the ISO NORM 9241 standard in the development of an ergonomically designed management interface.
The gateProtect UTM provides all of the fundamental network security technologies such as stateful packet firewall, IPS, gateway AV, content filtering, anti-spam, and anti-spyware in a single appliance. In additional to these security functions, gateProtect UTM appliances also provide networking features including bridging, VLAN, single sign-on, traffic shaping, quality-of-service (QoS), IPSec/SSL VPN (X.509), HTTPs proxy, and VPN encryption acceleration. These products deliver the essential security functionality, plus a wide breadth of networking capabilities.
The gateProtect UTM product line includes multiple products for each size of customer, ranging from small office and remote/branch offices to large enterprise organizations. The company continues to expand this product line, with a new high-end appliance in development that will provide the high scalability and reliability that large enterprise customers require.
gateProtect has received many accolades for its approach to UTM and its eGUI technology from sources such as SC Magazine, TechWorld, and Computerworld. The company now has 40,000 installations worldwide, and gateProtect continues to grow at a strong rate.
Based on its unique offering and the resulting meteoric rise in the global UTM market, gateProtect is the recipient of the 2011 Frost & Sullivan Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award.
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a product with unique features and functionality as well as high quality for customers with complex needs. The award lauds the degree of the products customization and the fit for evolving market trends, which ultimately results in a strong brand perception of the product as being unique.
Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.
gateProtect Germany is a leading provider of IT security solutions in the area of network protection. Its primary products are next-generation firewalls, managed security and VPN client systems.
Alongside their technical highlights, gateProtect products stand out from their competitors with their unique ease of use. gateProtect is a leading provider of next generation firewalls with an end-to-end implementation of the ISO NORM 9241 guidelines relating to ergonomic product design. With its innovative and patented eGUIÃ‚® (ergonomic Graphic User Interface) technology and its Command Center, gateProtect again raises the bar for easier configuration and management of firewall systems for Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs). The eGUIÃ‚® technology enables a significant increase in enterprise security as well as higher efficiency levels for ongoing system maintenance. This delivers lower operating costs for customers.
gateProtect currently has 40,000 installations around the world. The company’s customers in Europe include well-known companies and institutions such as TUV Thringen, E.ON Energy, Mercedes Benz, Galileo Satellite Systems, Deutsche Bahn, Kneipp, Constantin Film, and the Technical University of Dresden.
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