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Web security gateway

Web security gateway

(also secure web gateway)

Web security gateway definition

A web security gateway is a solution that provides strong cybersecurity measures to protect organizations’ networks and users from various online dangers. It is a barrier between the internal network and the internet, controlling and filtering web traffic.

By examining incoming and outgoing data packets, the web security gateway detects and stops harmful content, unauthorized access attempts, and potential security risks.

This gateway incorporates multiple security technologies to ensure comprehensive defense. For instance, it utilizes advanced techniques for web filtering, limiting access to malicious or inappropriate websites and preventing users from unintentionally downloading malware or falling prey to phishing attacks.

Additionally, it enforces secure browsing policies, like blocking specific categories of websites or implementing encryption protocols, to reduce the risk of data leakage or unauthorized data transmission.

See also: gateway server, default gateway

Web security deployments

  • Inline. Inline web security gateways are positioned between the organization’s network and the internet, providing the most effective web traffic protection However, they have some impact on performance.
  • Out of band. Organizations deploy out-of-band web security gateways outside of their network. Although they are less effective than inline deployment, they also affect performance less.
  • Cloud based. Cloud-based web security gateways are deployed in the cloud, offering scalability and cost-effectiveness. However, their effectiveness may differ from that of inline or out-of-band deployment.

Advantages of a web security gateway

  • Protects against various online threats
  • Allows easy adaptation to the changing needs of the organization
  • Cost-effective both in terms of installation and upkeep
  • Ease of use, ensuring hassle-free security operations
  • Helps enforce compliance with corporate and regulatory policies

Further reading

Ultimate digital security