Unified Threat Management
Midsize merchants can implement a unified threat management UTM appliance to safeguard properly segmented payment environments. A UTM provides typical security gateway features, such as antivirus and content filtering. It should be able to detect rogue access points connected to the network and it gives an IT administrator a dashboard to ensure policy control across the cardholder data environment. It also has intrusion prevention system capabilities to scan network traffic for vulnerability exploits. Higher end models should pack more power providing enough bandwidth when additional security features are turned on. It can also be integrated with an SSL VPN to protect data transmissions.