Industry Assessment

Research on competitive products

Our Industry Assessment consists of comparative observations of products on the market. Vendors may participate to display their products' strengths against the average performance of similar services. This Industry Assessment is updated regularly to best reflect the current averages and comparative measurements. Types of products that we test are listed here, and their measurements are featured in our reports with more detail.


Vendor Product Profiles
Industry Assessments are used to construct our product profiles for each participating vendor. Each profile features a product description, efficacy versus Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) chart, buyer considerations, and results versus the industry average. Skim the profiles to find what product works for your budget or your needs.

Unified Threat Management (UTM)
Attacks come from multiple vectors simultaneously, so having an advanced firewall or antivirus is not enough for network protection. UTM products provide a combination of security features such as firewall, intrusion prevention, antivirus, antispam, application control and content filtering to prevent browser-based threats.

Miercom's Independent Unified Threat Management Industry Assessment evaluates products equipped with multiple security features in a single appliance. Testing includes techniques traffic inspection and detection of harmful and suspicious activity, while avoiding network bottlenecks and latency.

Analysis will focus on:

  • Protective Features
  • Performance
  • Stability & Reliability
  • User Experience
  • Deployability
  • Total Cost of Ownership


Mobile Threat Protection
With increasing BYOD and enterprise mobile devices, attackers have a large attack surface opportunity to target endpoints beyond the enterprise on-premise computing workstations. Unprotected mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, provide a high degree of threat and vulnerability to a network. This requires an integrated mobile protection solution to prevent attackers from exploiting these mobile devices.

Miercom's Independent Mobile Threat Protection Industry Assessment evaluates mobile security and vulnerabilities resulting from these mobile hosts. Testing includes monitoring, protection and remediation of mobile threats while maintaining privacy and an intuitive user experience.

Analysis will focus on:

  • Device Protection
  • Management Integration
  • Remediation
  • User Experience
  • Privacy
  • Device Performance
  • Deployability
  • Use Case Scenarios
  • Total Cost of Ownership