Overview

Benefits

Enable digital transformation and hybrid cloud success

SASE enhances hybrid cloud security with a modern network architecture and brings you closer to digital transformation.

Safeguard your hybrid workforce and third-party vendors

Protect a distributed, hybrid workforce and the third parties that access systems so that your security isn’t sacrificed anytime, anywhere.

Improve user access and productivity

Scale your infrastructure capacity while continuing to protect your public-facing access points.

Smoother integration during mergers and acquisitions

SASE provides the right network access, architecture and integration during a major merger or acquisition transformation.

Network transformation

Connect your network infrastructure and network security in the cloud, end-to-end with consolidation and cost simplification in mind.

5G and edge computing

Use the latest branch-to-cloud edge technologies and Internet of Things (IoT) use cases using SASE to accelerate innovation and the journey to cloud transformation.

SASE consulting, advisory and managed services

Adopt a successful SASE blueprint

Build an end-to-end SASE solution with a focus on key use cases.

Deploy at your own pace

Combine existing network components with a modernized SASE architecture from a leading SASE technology provider.

Ongoing management

Our cloud and threat monitoring and management services collaboratively triage and alert clients to network security events.

Frequently asked questions

What is secure access service edge (SASE)?

SASE (pronounced “sassy”) is what Gartner analysts define as a framework that converges network and network security functions into a single, cloud service model. A secure access service edge (SASE) can help IT and cybersecurity teams deliver better business outcomes, modernize and secure user and third-party access, and holistically support your organization’s unique journey to cloud.

What components or technologies are included with SASE?

The components that converge data center resources into the SASE framework include networking technologies such as software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN), firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS), and zero trust network access (ZTNA), as well as cloud security technologies such as secure web gateways (SWG) and cloud access security brokers (CASB).

How is SASE related to zero trust?

A secure access service edge should be a part of every zero trust security strategy. SASE uses zero trust network access (ZTNA) to authenticate and authorize users anytime, anywhere using a least privilege model. ZTNA helps prevent users and devices from seeing application and services that they don’t have permission to access. SASE can also help prevent the spread of malware across the corporate network through network segmentation and monitoring.

Why do you need SASE today?

Organizations are moving away from VPN, and need to enable anytime, anywhere access from any device for their users and third parties. Low latency and seamless user experiences are the new norm for users and devices. Therefore, reliable, real-time context and secure application access to the public cloud are absolute necessities for IT and security teams today.

What can a security services provider like IBM Security do with SASE?

For a full lifecycle approach to SASE, our security specialists help find the right SASE network transformation strategy and best practices in zero trust governance. IBM Security can design, implement and integrate SASE into your existing environment.

Skilled security analysts in global security operations centers can help manage your SASE solution, accelerating your cloud transformation.

What are the strategic considerations of adopting a SASE solution?

Security and risk leaders should be aware of:

  • Processes in place between networking and network security functions
  • Key business driver functionality (use cases) and alignment
  • Overall SASE architecture that aligns to on-premises and public cloud
  • Users, applications and systems that require access and where they reside
  • Opportunities to leverage existing security and IT ecosystem
  • The systems, platforms and applications to protect.

What does a SASE architecture look like?

A holistic SASE solution includes the key components of a network and security transformation, including key technologies like SD-WAN, cloud access security broker (CASB), DNS, data loss prevention (DLP), firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS) and secure web gateway. The solution also provides zero trust network access with a business-centric focus addressing customers’ key business drivers, from remote access to mergers and acquisitions, and adapts to your needs rather than making you adjust to fit its requirements.

What are the benefits of a managed SASE solution?

Using a managed security services provider (MSSP) can benefit an enterprise in several respects, including adding specialized detection and response skills to your existing team, helping to proactively prevent cybersecurity breaches and continuously update security policies, reduce overall alert fatigue for in-house resources, and provide proper governance to compliance mandates.

What are some common business drivers to SASE adoption?

SASE can improve operations in five key areas: workforce access, contractor and third-party access, in merger and acquisition situations, during network transformation, and in protection of 5G, edge and IoT environments.

 

How can SASE improve contractor and third-party access?

An agentless SASE solution with zero trust network access (ZTNA) allows you to define and apply similar policies from your workforce for contractor and third-party users, enforcing the same required level of authentication.

How can SASE help in network transformation?

From the edge to the cloud is a key opportunity from an all-encompassing SASE solution. SASE can enable a seamless SD-WAN integration while your organization reap savings and efficiencies through internet offloading or consolidating networking models for a simplified cost structure.

Resources

SASE Services solution brief

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