SASE helps you deliver better business outcomes, modernize and secure access and support your journey to cloud and digital transformation initiatives.
Intense competition, complexity, evolving threats and new ways of working have forced enterprises to move away from the traditional perimeter networks to cloud networking and cloud-based security. As a result, IT and security leaders realize that to meet more rigorous business and security needs, their organizations need to adopt secure access service edge, or SASE.
SASE (pronounced “sassy”) is a framework that converges network services, such as software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN), with cloud delivered network security technologies, such as like cloud access security broker (CASB), firewall as a service (FWaaS) and zero trust network access (ZTNA), into a single, cloud-delivered service model. This revolutionary framework has the potential to accelerate digital business, serve as a foundational element to zero trust security, and protect users and devices as they access resources anytime, anywhere.
With SASE, Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and other IT and security leaders can accommodate their businesses’ rapidly changing needs, including secure remote access, without sacrificing security or business functions. The challenge is to do so end-to-end for their organizations.
The need for a new approach
A disappearing perimeter means that security needs to allow users to connect to the network from anywhere on any device with seamless and secured access to information and technology. As organizations transform and the diversity of the security environment expands, new security models like zero trust can help support dynamic security needs.
With new approaches to security, there are new opportunities but also hurdles to overcome. An organization needs to work through many cultural, technological, and strategic considerations. Siloed network and security functions may exist, strategies may need to converge, integration into a broader cloud security program is paramount, and policies must be centralized for more visibility and context.
To adopt SASE, organizations can start by planning toward a future state in mind, understand the capabilities needed for the future state, prioritize their outcomes based on business drivers, and approach the journey at pace that balances security against innovation and transformation. Understanding how to integrate existing investments into a new zero trust network architecture is key.
Augmenting a SASE provider solution with your own controls, requires the right strategy, architecture and deployment for your organization. With an all-encompassing strategy for SASE, you get many advantages using one vendor, such as security integration, continuous improvement, management and orchestration, and consolidation of technologies. In fact, when successfully designed, deployed and managed, an all-encompassing SASE solution can increase visibility across software as a service (SaaS), cloud and on-premises applications, and optimize perimeter-less security across your enterprise to close gaps and minimize risks.
The good news is there’s now a way to easily add an all-encompassing SASE solution to your operations. And there are several compelling reasons why you should do so.