Secure Web Gateway (SWG)

A Secure Web Gateway (SWG) is a tool that shields users from web-based threats as well as applying and enforcing business use policies. Instead of connecting directly to a website, a user accesses the SWG, which is then responsible for connecting the user to the desired website and performing functions such as URL filtering, web visibility, malicious content inspection, web access controls, and other security measures.

SWGs enables companies to:

  • Block access to inappropriate websites or content based on acceptable use policies
  • Enforce their security policies to make internet access safer
  • Help protect data against unauthorized transfer

Tools like these have experienced dramatic growth during the global pandemic as more and more workers operate remotely. As businesses expand these remote workforces it becomes more difficult and more important to protect remote users from online threats using this technology.

Source: Palo Alto Networks

Additional Reading: How to Guide To Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)

Related Terms: Virtual Private Network (VPN)

What does this mean for an SMB?

If your company has employees working from home, it’s critical that you have protections in place. Many businesses use Remote Access VPNs, allowing them to access applications at the company headquarters. When employees want to access applications found in the cloud, Software-as-a-Service solutions, where the VPN doesn’t help them; they’re disconnected from the VPN as soon as they access a cloud application. This is why businesses are turning to SWGs, to provide secure internet access when users are disconnected from the VPN.

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