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Frost & Sullivan provides insights on the SWG market in APAC

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Frost & Sullivan released its latest and much anticipated report, Frost Radar™ for secure web gateways (SWG) in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, educating customers on leading SWG solutions.

The report, Frost Radar™: Asia-Pacific Secure Web Gateway Market, 2021, is the first report in the post-pandemic world that addresses the major changes we’ve experienced over the past 18 months—including the acceleration of digital and cloud transformation, an increasingly distributed workforce, and the increase in volume and sophistication of today’s cyberattacks.

It’s a lot to take in. Luckily, we’re here to provide valuable insights with four key takeaways from the report.

1. SWGs are critical to secure modern work.

The increasingly destructive and higher volume of cyberattacks, coupled with APAC organizations’ growing reliance on the Internet to get things done, are intensifying the necessity of enhanced web security. Threat actors have upped their game over the past 18 months, taking advantage of COVID-19 disruptions to security capabilities and the newly decentralized workforce to evade the network perimeter through web and email. The market is taking notice. According to the report, the APAC SWG market grew 13.2 percent year over year in 2020—a figure that would have undoubtedly been larger if it weren’t for supply chain disruptions resulting from the pandemic. Cloud-based SWG solutions that provide integrated, end-to-end security enable the future of work and business agility.

2. Flexibility in the cloud is key.

Today’s hybrid workforce—in which employees are able to move seamlessly between work premises and remote locations—is putting pressure on organizations’ security posture. Cloud-based SWG solutions are starting to replace physical, on-premises solutions because organizations are beginning to understand the advantages of the cloud in modern business operations.

3. An increasingly restrictive regulatory environment is causing disruptions.

Compliance is critical in the APAC market as regional leaders such as Japan, Singapore, and South Korea continue to impose strict regulations and security guidelines for banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI), government, manufacturing, service provider, and education environments. These regulations are forcing organizations to choose between Internet separation—providing users with separate computers for data center applications and Internet applications—and Internet isolation. Isolation through the SWG—and its ability to provide protection without impacting workers’ productivity—is emerging as the smarter choice.

4. Future-proof with SASE.

End-to-end web security through the SWG requires integration of disparate security tools and functionalities, such as isolation, cloud access security broker (CASB), remote browser isolation (RBI), and data loss prevention (DLP). This integrated approach helps organizations move toward a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) approach—not only to create a single, consolidated security stack in the cloud, but to unify security, networking, and the cloud. As the world continues to throw the kitchen sink at us—new pandemics, trade wars, climate change, rising customer expectations, and perhaps murder hornets—a SASE approach to networking and security will give organizations the flexibility and agility to adapt to just about anything.

Frost & Sullivan outlines the growth of cloud-based SWG solutions that provide end-to-end protection across the organization—highlighting the importance of isolation at the core, a cloud-native architecture, integration with other security tools, and a pathway toward SASE.

Menlo Security fits all these requirements without disrupting user productivity.
Learn more by downloading the complete report.

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