Sangfor Technologies Named as a Sample Vendor in 2022 Gartner® Hype Cycle™ for Workload and Network Security Report

Sangfor Technologies named as a Sample Vendor for Secure Web Gateway in the latest Gartner Hype Cycle for Workload and Network Security, 2022[1], published July 18.

Sangfor is excited to be included as 1 of 10 sample vendors worldwide for SWG. We believe our inclusion is a recognition of the outstanding capabilities of our SWG product Sangfor Internet Access Gateway (IAG).

What we think are the key Insights from this Hype Cycle for Workload and Network Security report

Workload and network security are combined for this Hype Cycle report (subscription required).  In our opinion, it reflects the convergence of cloud adoption and the hybrid workforce. The report notes that “confidence in and the desire to utilize cloud — whether software as a service (SaaS) or cloud infrastructure and platform services (CIPS) — have grown to the point that Gartner believes cloud usage is indispensable or heavily impactful in many enterprises.” Also, that “Despite the recent back-to-office wave, most organizations are still planning for a hybrid workforce.”

We believe that this means that organizations should select security technologies that enable employees to access resources anytime and anywhere and protect workers whether they are on-premises or remote. As a result, there is a growing trend towards consolidated security platforms, such as secure access service edge (SASE) and security service edge (SSE). These offer improved functionality and a more seamless user and admin experience compared to standalone technologies.

Secure Web Gateway in this Hype Cycle for Workload and Network Security

SWG is rated High in business benefits in the Hype Cycle report. “Because SWGs are positioned between the user and the internet, they offer valuable protection from internet-born threats. Also, the SWG dashboards and reporting tools provide visibility into users’ behavior on the internet. In line with the trend towards consolidated platforms, the Hype Cycle report notes “Cloud SWG services are increasingly part of security service edge (SSE) offerings to provide protection regardless of the location.”

About Sangfor Internet Access Gateway (IAG)

Sangfor IAG is full-feature SWG solution developed by our world-class R&D team and used by over 70,000 customers. As a SWG, Sangfor IAG first and foremost protects and controls the internet access of network users and their endpoints. Security features such as URL filtering, traffic decryption, and illegal Wi-Fi hotspot detection prevent internet-born threats from infecting endpoints. Granular internet access policies for users, user groups, and endpoints control what websites, applications, and functions can be accessed. This helps to prevent malware infection and user unproductivity while ensuring regulatory compliance. Sangfor IAG is designed to provide unparallel visibility into user identity and user behavior – who is accessing what and when – and any hidden threats and applications running in the environment. Sangfor IAG offers centralized management with a single pane of glass web interface and flexible deployment as a hardware appliance, virtual appliance, or both.

As a full-feature solution, Sangfor IAG offers a suite of security features and capabilities that further strengthen the organization’s security posture, including:

  • Bandwidth management: Optimize bandwidth allocation for critical applications and restrict bandwidth of abusive users.
  • Asset discovery: Identify onboarding devices and enforce endpoint compliance checks to ensure they do not introduce malware and vulnerabilities.
  • Proxy avoidance protection: Detect and block anonymous proxy and VPN applications that can bypass the organization’s internet access controls.
  • User authentication and management: Intuitive and flexible authentication methods, including a variety of traditional and value-added authentication methods.

Sangfor IAG Integration in Consolidated Platforms

Sangfor Access (SASE)

In line with the mainstream trend towards platform consolidation, Sangfor IAG is offered as part of Sangfor Access, our SASE platform – the perfect solution for delivering secure internet connectivity for branch and work-from-anywhere (WFA) scenarios. Apart from SWG, Sangfor Access provides an integrated suite of cloud-delivered security capabilities, including firewall protection, malware detection, access control, CASB, VPN, and more.

With Sangfor Access, internet-bound traffic undergoes security inspection and policy enforcement at the cloud edge as opposed to being backhauled to the security stack in on-prem data centers. This model offers a range of benefits, including:

  • Eliminate security gaps due to a unified delivery of security services irrespective of user location.
  • Improved user experience through lower latency.
  • Reduce operations and management complexity and lower costs due to vendor consolidation and reduced data center footprint.

According to the Priority Matrix in this Hype Cycle report, SASE is rated Transformational in benefit rating.


[1] Gartner, Inc., Hype Cycle for Workload and Network Security, 2022, Charlie Winckless, Published 18 July 2022

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About Sangfor Technologies

Sangfor Technologies is an APAC-based, leading global vendor specializing in Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, and IT Infrastructure. Founded in 2000 and publicly listed since 2018 (STOCK CODE: 300454.SZ), Sangfor employs 9,500 employees, operates 60 offices, and serves more than 100,000 customers worldwide, many of them Fortune Global 500 companies, governmental institutions, universities, and schools. Visit us at to learn more about Sangfor’s solutions and let Sangfor make Your Digital Transformation Simpler and Secure.


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