A proxy server is a computer or software system dedicated to a desktop, smartphone, or preferred use, such as a website, server, or network or cloud-based application, and sits between an end “Client.”
Proxies can protect the client’s IP address from its destination, by serving as an intermediary between the client and the destination, by offering a privacy layer. This prevents user identification details from being captured.
Proxies are also used as part of a secure web portal (SWG). This includes HTTP and HTTPS security inspection and the filtration of URLs and the prevention of malware. Instead of using agents on user devices, organizations may also use proxies. However, since proxies can only inspect web-based traffic, it is commonly used by organizations as a part of a more complete security network strategy or to progressively migrate to a safer remote access system. Alternatively, IPsec or GRE tunneling and port transmission involve onboarding methods.
Though safety controls are desirable on all traffic and protocols of equipment, organizations may strike a balance between the versatility and safety of architecture by introducing proxies as part of a SASE approach. A SASE solution offers a single cloud-provided service with all networking and security features that an enterprise requires.
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