Secure Web Gateway (SWG) solutions use web filtering to enforce company Internet access policies. They also filter unwanted software, especially malware, from user-initiated Internet connections.
SWGs are hugely important as enterprises have continued to evolve their WAN Edge. Applications are rapidly migrating to the cloud, and the attack surface at remote sites and branch locations continues to increase. Security risks are especially high for web-based traffic, and as attack techniques become more advanced, organizations need an integrated approach to secure against external and internal risks.
An SWG solution should include URL filtering, application control, deep HTTPS/SSL inspection, data loss prevention and remote browser isolation capabilities. SWGs are increasingly popular, and the overall web gateway market is expected to reach $4B by 2023.
Fortinet's SWG provides flexible deployment options, including explicit, transparent, and inline modes, to protect against internet-based threats without harming end-user experience.
SWGs prevent malware infections, block access to malicious websites and applications, and enforce company compliance policies, especially at branch offices and for remote workers.
SWGs are similar to firewalls in that they both can discern malicious Internet traffic from benign traffic, and both provide advanced network security protections. Firewalls function at the packet level. The primary role of SWGs, however, is to identify and protect against advanced attacks by inspecting web traffic at the application level—without compromising on overall web experience.
A fully integrated enterprise security strategy requires both SWGs and next-generation firewalls (NGFW).