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)