Secure Web Technologies | A Comprehensive Overview

As the cloud computing revolution transforms, computing IT environments have become highly distributed – data and applications can reside anywhere in the world, not being protected by a traditional corporate network perimeter. In the same way, employees are dispersed more widely and require secure and fast connections to corporate IT and cloud services. Secure web gateway solutions are nowadays essential for cybersecurity as part of a multi-layered approach to security.

In general terms of the concept, a secure web gateway (SWG) is a system that blocks malicious malware and software from live Internet browsers and enforces policies of the enterprise. This solution is similar to CASBs and firewalls, however, it functions at the application level. It examines every request more thoroughly than traditional firewalls and assesses full files for malware as well as other threats that are evasive to detection.

A reliable SWG solution combines firewall inspection URL filtering, URL inspection and DNS filtering along with antimalware, sandboxing and other features such as Two-Factor Authentication (TFA), Web Application Firewalls and more. It should also incorporate encryption. The encryption process encodes data so that cybercriminals can’t read it, keeping sensitive information from falling into the in the wrong hands.

A great SWG includes a wide range of features to satisfy the needs of your organization. If you are in an industry that is heavily controlled, your solution must include native data leak prevention and reporting compliance. If you are a company with a large remote workforce, the solution should be capable of managing access to devices that are not managed, and enforce least privilege guidelines across your supply chain.