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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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Gartner and the Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2021

By Jacob Serpa  |  March 1, 2021 at 5:07 AM  | 
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For organizations the world over, COVID-19 led to drastic operational changes overnight. On-premises-only styles of work were quickly supplanted by fully remote workforces. This shift had (and continues to have) massive implications for IT and security teams. In essence, the pandemic killed the perimeter and the legacy security strategies that organizations had leaned upon for years. Fortunately, in Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2021, Gartner explains the impact of the global pandemic on businesses around the globe and makes suggestions about what organizations can do in order to succeed in 2021.

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