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Hairpinning: The Bottleneck in Most Secure Web Gateway Architectures

By Jeff Birnbaum  |  July 13, 2021 at 5:00 AM  | 
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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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Better Together: The Future of CASBs and SWGs

By Jacob Serpa  |  April 27, 2021 at 5:00 AM  | 
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We’ve established before that cloud access security brokers (CASBs) and secure web gateways (SWGs) do not compete and are, in fact, complementary security tools. However, in addition to this, there is overlap between the two which (along with other factors) is leading to their convergence. 

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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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