Buyer's Handbook: Assess secure web gateways to suit your network security needs Article 1 of 3

Secure web gateways thwart IT-related risks, vulnerabilities

Web-related risks, misunderstood or unenforced security policies and the growth of mobile computing all create significant vulnerabilities and business risks an organization must address.

Secure web gateways are complex security controls that sit between the user and the internet to protect the organization from advanced web security threats and help enforce internet policy compliance. Offered as both on-premises and cloud-based platforms, gateways can block specific websites and filter web content to detect and respond to web-borne malware from user-initiated web and internet traffic.

To help determine if your organization could benefit from implementing a secure web gateway, it's important to first identify your organization's web security challenges and overall needs.

This buyer's guide can help simplify the buying process by addressing the key considerations for evaluating a secure web gateway and the features and functionality these products offer. In addition, check out a comparison of the core features and benefits of two leading cloud-based products -- Symantec Web Security Service and Zscaler Internet Access.