Secure Access Service Edge

Security and network complexity are overloading IT and slowing down the business. SASE could simplify everything.

​SASE converges enterprise-grade networking and multi-layered security into a single cloud-based service.

The cloud is agile, elastic, and ubiquitous, but networking and security have historically remained stagnant. Networking has long been static and rigid. Traditional hub-and-spoke models just don’t work anymore. Security requires many layers and its infrastructure is fragmented between disparate systems, physical locations, cloud resources, and even mobile and remote users. As a result, networking and security are slowing down the business as legacy silos are stretched and patched to accommodate emerging business requirements.

With all the elements of a real SDWAN, providers offering SASE not only make the network simple but with its full-stack of layered security, SASE also provides organizations with a strong, unified security posture and identity-based access.

SASE converges enterprise-grade networking and multi-layered security into a single cloud-based service.
Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is a fairly new cybersecurity category and a term recently coined by Gartner. While not a universal standard, it is generally accepted that a full SASE stack consists of at least the following components:
    1.   Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW)
    2.   Zero Trust Network Access
    3.   Cloud Access Security Broker
    4.   Secure Web Gateway
    5.   SD-WAN

Additional components you may also find in some SASE provider offerings might include: Endpoint Detection and Response, sometimes also referred to as Managed Detection and Response, Secure Email Gateway, Cloud Sandbox, Web Application and API Protection as a Service (WAAPaaS), and other handy security and networking systems.

Any organization could, of course, go out and purchase, implement, integrate, and manage each of these important security and networking components individually. They could even seek out and integrate their own, additional “console” to manage all the disparate systems in one interface. However, that should only be attempted by the savviest administrators. Also, that doesn’t necessarily qualify as SASE. The essence of SASE is that these components are converged as one and yet work independently.

Managing complex networks and security built with multiple third-party products is difficult. Outsourcing these complexities might be a better alternative, however this can still result in slow and rigid service.  Telecom carriers still have to manage and support products they don’t own or control, just like your IT team. 

Be Ready for Whatever Happens Next

“Customers demand scalability, flexibility, low-latency, and ubiquitous security; all in a simple platform. This forces service providers to innovate. The convergence of the WAN edge and network security markets has arrived.”

The trick with SASE, and perhaps one reason for its explosive growth, is that each of the individual security and networking components are visible and configurable in a single management/administration interface--a single pane of glass. Each works independently, while at the same time cohesively with one another--and most often as a managed service. Keep in mind this is far more than just adding security feature sets to SDWAN; SASE is built to be a truly converged platform.

The layered approach is beneficial for many reasons. The first being that layering is a foundational principle of cybersecurity. Another practical and economical reason is adoption. Many SASE service providers are able to offer any individual or combination of components as needed. Some organizations may have already invested in one service component or another and will still able to take advantage of just one, a few, or even the entire SASE stack. Other SASE providers may have their services priced and configured in such a way that it may just make more sense to get the entire stack regardless, and in a few cases, there are providers where the entire stack may be the only option for interested organizations.

  • Reduce network-related complexity and costs

  • Improve performance and reduce latency

  • Enable new digital business scenarios

  • Enhance user experience, anywhere

  • Increase effectiveness of network and security staff

  • Lower operational overhead

  • Get unified, zero-trust security, everywhere

Not all SASE is created equal

Like with any new industry and ground-breaking innovations, there are going to be fakes and companies that jump on the bandwagon to market their wares under the same banner claiming they’ve been doing the same thing for years. 

When it comes to SASE there are only a handful of real players. A true SASE solution is about convergence: for the purposes of improving performance and reducing complexity. You need a trusted resource to help get you the real story and slice through the marketing fluff and gimmicks so you can make smart and informed decisions. 

Cloud 9: Vendor-Neutral SASE Experts

Gartner estimates that by 2024, at least 40% of enterprises will have SASE adoption strategies. To learn more about the profound effects SASE could have on your business contact Cloud 9. The only vendor-neutral SASE expert.