CASE STUDY - Secure Web Gateway

Reduce backhaul over traditional VPN solutions

CASE STUDY - Secure Web Gateway

"Digital business transformation inverts network and security service design patterns, shifting the focal point to the identity of the user and/or device — not the data center. Security and risk management leaders need a converged cloud-delivered secure access service edge to address this shift." Gartner Reprint

Integy were asked to help reduce the overhead incurred on existing VPN solution as a result of increased home working.

Client Challenge

Faced with the challenge of an increased level of home working and an already at capacity VPN solution. The client was worried about the performance of their VPN solution and the productivity of their users.

The client had already made a move to cloud-based services with the adoption of Microsoft 365 and other SaaS offerings however all traffic was routed via the VPN regardless of destination, creating a bottleneck.

  • Slow VPN performance
  • Dissatisfied users
  • VPN at capacity

Approach

Integy identified that the majority of traffic going over the VPN was destined for the internet rather than internal services. If this traffic could be routed out of the client device local internet connection this would result in improved performance of internal services as well as internet services.

Integy partner with a number of vendors that deliver Secure Access Service Edge solutions. After reviewing the requirements thoroughly and running proof of concepts a solution was proposed, that would ensure local breakout of internet-based traffic while maintaining security posture regardless of the device location.

Working with the internal teams Integy implemented the chosen technology, made the required configuration changes, and had all users migrated across within 3 days.

Outcomes

  • 80% reduction in traffic traversing the VPN
  • Improved performance of SaaS based offerings
  • Improved security posture of devices
  • Cloud based solution, zero on-premises footprint

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