Putting web threat protection and content filtering in the cloud

Why secure web gateways belong in the cloud and not on appliances

Published October 2013

Webroot compares deploying secure web gateways as software or appliances on-premises vs. as a cloud-based service. Lower cost, fast implementation, rapid scalability and less administration are all good reasons to adopt SaaS and cloud-based applications. In addition to these benefits, cloud-based secure web gateways can also provide better security and faster performance than appliances or local servers. It discusses a number of advantages of cloud-based solutions that appliances cannot match, such as:

- Better defense against zero-day threats and spam servers

- More comprehensive signature and URL database

- Supports remote users more securely and without the cost of putting servers in every location

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