Prevent infection and stop the spread of cyber pathogens through a layered security approach consisting of secure web gateways and SASE.
A surging demand for remote access is challenging IT project teams engineering security out at the router/big-equipment level. This tried and true process is rapidly becoming too rigid, slow, prone, and expensive amid sudden booms in remote workers. The network edges are a complex set of node connections between different networks, and putting an “in the proximity” firewall everywhere and merely coating laptops with basic antivirus and scanning, and seldom-used VPNs, leaves your venturing digital individuals and organization vulnerable to the evolving and widespread cybercrime landscape. Secure Web gateway capabilities are part of a best-practice approach in rethinking security for your distributed employees and widening attack surface.
What Is a Secure Web Gateway?
An Internet gateway, aka Web gateway, whether secure or not, is a network node that connects different networks using various communication protocols. Traditionally, it might be a router or wireless access point (WAP). Gateways come in the form of hardware, software, routers, computers, and VMs. They can represent the outlying edge of perimeter security, serving to inspect and pass traffic to the next ‘hop.’ In this perimeter, they are often integrated with firewalls that can prohibit some types of traffic and unrecognized computers.
Secure Web gateways are key in a rapidly flexing network landscape that changes the boundaries of the perceived “private network perimeter” into a wide-area network (WAN) without boundaries. The network perimeter is no longer a static wall of private-premise protection (castle and moat). Users are frequently accessing apps on the Internet and in the cloud, while storage, data processing and access privileges are increasingly hosted remotely. Wandering mobile devices are accessing all of these remote and foreign points (including community Wi-Fi hot spots). The new edge is amorphous and difficult to monitor for threats. Even big, heavily security-conscious organizations and municipalities have been cracked and crippled by infectious vectors outside detection, which were able to spread from the outside-in.
IT security teams need to protect their people wherever they go on the Web, but must maintain control over traffic inside the network for performance, cost optimization and to prevent infection of lateral IT users and data assets.
OPAQ Secure Web Gateways empower transformative organizations to break free from a physical perimeter, which is more costly to manage and secure than a software-defined approach.
Protect your far-flung employees – some of them well outside the firewall – with always-on protection against sophisticated hacks over the Internet. It’s a proactive infusion of secure access service edge principles and capabilities into all your network endpoints, wherever they go, that prevents contagion, downtime, lost contribution, and spread.
Stop cyberattacks in their tracks, at the flexing Web gateway perimeter. Remove dependence on stationary firewalls and iffy end-user VPN adoption. Reduce backhaul costs with OPAQ SASE and workstation protection.