Web Gateway (SWG)

Web Gateway (SWG)
Understanding Secure Web Gateway

Secure Web Gateway (SWG) is a vital cybersecurity technology designed to safeguard organizations, networks, users, and devices from internet-related threats. SWGs play a dual role: they filter out unsafe content from web traffic and block risky or unauthorized user behaviors.

In an environment where web-borne threats are on the rise due to remote workforces, distributed networks, and increased reliance on Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, Secure Web Gateways are indispensable. However, selecting the right SWG technology is crucial as it can impact performance.

How Secure Web Gateway Works

Secure Web Gateways can take the form of software solutions, cloud-based services, or physical appliances. Positioned at the network’s edge, SWGs meticulously inspect incoming and outgoing traffic, utilizing company policies to determine whether web traffic should be allowed, blocked, or quarantined.

Key features of a Secure Web Gateway may include

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Anti-Malware Detection and Blocking

Identifying malware by comparing code in internet traffic to known threats, blocking malware within internet traffic or in uploaded/downloaded files.

Application Control

Determining which applications employees can use, enabling control over their resource access, and blocking dangerous or unauthorized applications.

Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

Inspecting outbound traffic to block the leakage of sensitive, confidential, or unauthorized content.

Antivirus Software

Proactively detecting, preventing, and mitigating viruses, trojans, and adware using real-time virus signatures.

HTTPS Inspection

Scanning and securing SSL- encrypted traffic by decrypting it, inspecting and filtering out illegitimate content, and re-encrypting it.

Access Control

Enforcing acceptable use policies and compliance requirements by restricting internet and website access based on user roles, specific times, or website types.

URL Filtering

Blocking user access to specific URLs, including suspicious or malicious websites and those violating company policies.

GreatWorxs Secure Web Gateway Solution

GreatWorxs addresses the challenges of implementing Secure Web Gateways by offering a distributed enforcement approach within the GreatWorxs ONE security platform. This approach allows organizations to adapt SWG inspection based on workforce needs.

GreatWorxs SWG is


Distributed enforcement ensures remarkable speed by routing traffic directly to destinations with fewer bottlenecks.


Hosted on AWS in over 300 data centers, GreatWorxs SWG scales automatically with traffic requirements.


GreatWorxs SWG has maintained 99.99% uptime since 2015, with over 300 points of presence (PoPs) ensuring low latency.

Streamline Security

GreatWorxs SWG is part of GreatWorxs ONE, a Security Service Edge (SSE) cloud-native platform that simplifies cybersecurity with an all-in-one solution.

Block Threats

Automatically scan file uploads and downloads for malware, quarantining threats before they reach the network.

Reduce Risk

Employ multiple protection methods, including Zero Trust-based advanced threat protection, in-line scanning of downloaded files, and website category blocking.

Gain Control Over Shadow IT

Identify managed and unmanaged cloud apps in real-time and detect user attempts to share data on non-managed cloud apps.

Strengthen DLP

Leverage advanced DLP capabilities to prevent sensitive information from leaking onto websites and shadow IT applications.


What is a Secure Web Gateway (SWG)?
A Secure Web Gateway (SWG) is a security solution that prevents unsecured internet traffic from entering an organization’s internal network. It is used to protect employees and users from being infected by malicious websites and web traffic, internet-borne viruses, malware, and other cyberthreats.
Why is a Secure Web Gateway important?
The internet is a vast and ever-changing landscape, making it difficult for organizations to keep up with the latest threats. SWGs can help organizations to protect themselves from a wide range of threats, including: Malware : SWGs can block malicious websites and prevent malware from being downloaded to employee devices. Phishing : SWGs can identify and block phishing emails, which are designed to trick users into revealing sensitive information. Data leakage : SWGs can prevent employees from accidentally or intentionally leaking sensitive data to the internet.
What are the benefits of using a Secure Web Gateway?
With Secure Web Gateway technology, organizations can: Effectively Block Threats : SWGs can block access to malicious websites and applications, prevent malware infections, and enforce compliance policies, ensuring user, data, and organizational safety. Enforce Security Policies Everywhere : As workforces become more distributed, SWGs enforce security policies anywhere, allowing employees to safely use the web wherever they work. Prevent Data Leaks : SWGs prevent sensitive data leaks, safeguarding customer information, credit card data, personally identifiable information, and intellectual property. Support SASE Architecture : Secure Web Gateways play a vital role in a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) security approach, alongside Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB), Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), and Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN).