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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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Do CASBs and Cloud SWGs Compete?

By Bitglass  |  March 17, 2021 at 4:37 AM  | 

Full_Logo_Raster.pngI'm frequently asked whether Secure Web Gateways (SWGs) and Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs) compete. After all, they're both proxies, they both offer data & threat protection, they're both cloud-based (some SWGs), and both are gradually replacing firewalls in a lot of enterprise environments. Sounds similar, so they must be competitive, right? Actually, they serve as complements for two very different use cases. 

As cloud-based SWG vendors add more capabilities, they are starting to look more and more promising as a direct replacement for a firewall. By that, I mean that for the same use case (network/perimeter protection), you can use either a firewall or cloud-SWG - they are simply delivering network security services via the cloud (in Bitglass’ case, our SmartEdge SWG is a bit different and deploys locally on each user’s device - but you can read more about that approach and its benefits here). 

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You shall not pass - security with contextual access control

By Annie Wang  |  April 16, 2015 at 7:30 AM  | 

You_shall_notFor those of you who are a fan of The Lord of The Rings, I have a feeling you will appreciate this read. The famous words that Gandalf The Grey boldly yelled during a climactic scene in Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring “You shall not pass!” has been memed about, recited amongst friends and even referenced in other films. But it also has a strong meaning for IT teams looking to secure sensitive data.

Gandalf’s brave moment in the movie was performed in order to protect his friends from an evil monster attempting to destroy them. Now there are no two horned fire breathing monsters in our world, but there are cyber criminals. 

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