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Hairpinning: The Bottleneck in Most Secure Web Gateway Architectures

By Jeff Birnbaum  |  July 13, 2021 at 5:00 AM  | 

Secure Web Gateways (SWGs), software for controlling access to websites and SaaS not managed by corporate IT, have evolved from hardware appliances installed on premises, to software running on end user devices with varying degrees of interaction with the security provider’s hosted infrastructure. But the details on how the software interacts with the security provider’s infrastructure makes all of the difference with respect to performance, security, and ease of management. The Bitglass SmartEdge SWG architecture uniquely addresses these concerns in several ways.

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What We Can Learn from the Colonial Pipeline Breach

By Jeff Birnbaum  |  June 16, 2021 at 5:00 AM  | 

On June 8, 2021, Joseph Blount, President and Chief Executive Officer of Colonial Pipeline, appeared before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs regarding the breach that injected ransomware into their servers and disrupted the company’s gasoline distribution network for over one week. In his testimony, Blount stated that the likely entry point of the breach was a “legacy virtual private network (VPN) profile that was not intended to be in use”. 

This type of breach points to the need for a unified approach for granular access to both cloud and on premises corporate data resources based on a number of criteria. The Bitglass Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solution addresses this need.

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Six Key Characteristics of a Modern ZTNA Solutions

By Jeff Birnbaum  |  May 27, 2021 at 5:00 AM  | 
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Even as organizations continue adoption of cloud technologies, the need for secure access to on-premises resources has not gone away. In fact, as many companies navigate a return to the office while simultaneously supporting a portion of the workforce now permanently remote, secure access becomes even more important. 

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Six Key Characteristics of a Modern Secure Web Gateway

By Bitglass  |  April 13, 2021 at 4:52 AM  | 
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As we head into the second quarter of 2021 and mark a full year of remote work for many organizations, it is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation globally and changed the future of work — likely permanently. A recent Harvard Business School Online survey showed that the vast majority (81%) of employees want to continue remote work even after the pandemic, with many reporting improved productivity while working from home. 

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