Protecting mobile and remote users has become increasingly difficult, as organizations are forced to deal with distance and an increasingly uncertain threat landscape. CIO’s and IT decision makers are turning, with a quickness, to the advanced and comprehensive cloud-delivered security solution, Secure Web Gateways. Sitting between the network and users, SWG’s prevent employee devices from dragging in ransomware, malware and viruses on the bottom of their shoes, so to speak, while ensuring employees have access to all the information they need to work productively. What are SWG’s and why are they so widely recognized as vital to modern business? We are glad you asked!

What is Secure Web Gateway (SWG)?

A secure web gateway (SWG) protects users from malicious files, while simultaneously applying and enforcing corporate network security policies. An SWG allows users to safely connect to a website with a filter between the user and the internet performing URL filtering, web visibility, malicious content inspection and web access controls.

How does an SWG Work?

An SWG is installed in the gateway between the network and user endpoints. All traffic between users and networks must pass through the SWG, which monitors the traffic for malicious activity and code, web application use, and all user or non-user attempted URL connections.

Functions of an SWG:

  1. Encrypted traffic analysis
  2. Data loss prevention
  3. Block access to inappropriate websites or content
  4. Enforced security policies
  5. Prevent unauthorized data transfer
  6. Maximizes bandwidth usage and availability.
  7. Minimizes leakage and regulatory risks
  8. Simplifies legal compliance with simplified cross-regional controls

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Why do Companies Need a Secure Web Gateway?

Remote workers and mobile users need the same protection from threat as those in the offices, and with the number of applications growing daily, protection becomes more difficult without a secure web gateway. Organizations use SWGs to provide secure internet access when users are disconnected from the security of the internal business network.

Sangfor’s Secure Web Gateway solution, IAG, has been listed in the SWG Gartner Magic Quadrant for 10 consecutive years. Sangfor IAM is a superior Internet behaviour management solution consisting of professional internet bandwidth management, application control, URL filters, traffic control, information control, illegal hotspot/proxy control, behaviour analysis, wireless network management and many more features. This solution can truly help you achieve effective Web Filtering and unified internet behaviour management of all clients in the entire network.

Frequently Asked Questions on Secure Web Gateway:

Why do I need an SWG?

Malicious files are becoming as prevalent as remote work these days, and without an SWG, risky connections to untrusted WIFI and networks could potentially bring ransomware or malware back to your network. Deploying an SWG will ensure employees have access to all the files they would normally have access to in the office, with all the protection of the network firewall and other security equipment.

How much is an SWG?

This will depend greatly on how large your organization is, and how many users and devices need to gain access. If you need help determining how much a secure web gateway costs, contact Sangfor Technologies today.

Is my business fully protected if I deploy an SWG?

Just as with all security products, multi-layered security is ideal. Deploying an SWG will certainly go a long way toward protecting your remote users and their devices, and protecting your network from any vulnerabilities they pose, but no security is 100% effective. Consider working with an SWG vendor like Sangfor, who offers many correlated security products, designed to work flexibly with each other or with other vendors’ products.

Who is the best vendor of SWGs’?

Sangfor Technologies of course! For more information on Sangfor IAG security protections and solutions, visit online at, or email us directly at

Sangfor Technologies is an APAC-based, global leading vendor of IT infrastructure solutions specializing in Network Security and Cloud Computing. Visit us at to learn more about Sangfor’s Security solutions, and let Sangfor make your IT simpler, more secure and valuable.

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