Gartner Research

Selecting Secure Web Gateway Solutions

Published: 02 December 2010

ID: G00207041

Analyst(s): Daniel Blum


A growing secure Web gateway (SWG) market has emerged to help organizations protect their users, endpoints, and information from the risks of the Web. Organizations planning SWGs should scope their projects appropriately, determine use cases, understand the market, evaluate vendors, and finally, select and deploy the solutions. The vendor information in this Guidance document can help organizations evaluate solutions and put the finalists through a series of tests to prove they will work well in the target environments.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability
  • Related Guidance

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Scope the SWG Project
  • Determine SWG Use Cases
    • Acceptable Use Protection (AUP)-Only Use Cases
    • Malware-Filtering Use Cases
    • Web Channel DLP Use Case
    • Map Uses Cases to Required Components and Critical Features
    • Identify the Major Requirements
  • Understand the SWG Market
    • Market Definition
    • SWG Market Drivers
    • Market Segmentation
    • Market Trends and Futures
  • Evaluate SWG Vendors
    • General Approach
    • Vendors for Basic AUP Enforcement
    • Vendors for Advanced AUP Enforcement
    • Vendors for Basic Malware Filtering
    • Vendors for Advanced Malware Filtering
    • Vendors for Web Channel DLP
    • Vendors for the Major Requirements
  • Select and Deploy the SWG Solution
    • Proof of Concept Tests
    • Pilot Tests
    • Performance and Availability Tests
    • Transition to Production
  • Risks and Pitfalls
  • Enterprise SWG Vendors Table
    • Barracuda Networks (Web Filter)
    • Barracuda Networks (Web Filtering Service)
    • Blue Coat Systems
    • CA Technologies
    • Cisco IronPort
    • Cisco ScanSafe
    • Clearswift
    • ContentKeeper
    • Cymphonix
    • FaceTime
    • M86 Security
    • McAfee
    • Optenet
    • SafeNet
    • Symantec (Web Gateway)
    • Symantec (Hosted Services)
    • Trend Micro
    • Webroot
    • Websense
    • ZScaler
  • Other SWG Vendors
  • Conclusion
  • Revision History

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