The Evolving SASE Model
During these times of business disruptions and the explosion of work from anywhere, the need for highly secure, high-performance access to any application, regardless of user’s location has changed the remote worker model.
Traditionally, remote employees needed to have their traffic routed through a company’s existing branch office or VPN gateway for the security functions and access to corporate applications.
With network security demands changing for remote working, IT Teams (Infrastructure, Security and others corporate teams) are scrambling to meet the evolving security requirements of conducting distributed business utilizing their traditional security infrastructures and services.
The traditional model that all remote traffic must past through a corporate security appliance has become a major obstacle. The management, performance and lack of capability can be challenging. Not to mention keeping up with the access control, monitoring and threat detection technologies needed, has forced IT leads to look at alternative designs.
In response to this trend, security, cloud and networking vendors, have been creating new software-defined, cloud-delivered solutions that combine network-as-a-service including SDWAN with network-security-as-a-service functionality.
“The goal of this new concept, which Gartner has dubbed secure access service edge (SASE), is to allow companies to easily provide secure access to any of their applications, whether hosted in the cloud or locally, for any user, from any device, and from any location without relying on locally deployed security appliances through which traffic would need to be routed and inspected”.
The SASE model can help your organization in many ways:
- Zero Trust: Whether a user is on or off the corporate network, a Zero Trust approach removes trust assumptions when users, devices and applications are connected.
- Threat prevention: With full content inspection integrated into a SASE solution, you benefit from more security and visibility into your network.
- Flexibility: With a cloud-based infrastructure, a vast array of security services can be delivered easily. A few of these services include, threat prevention, DNS security, DDoS attack mitigation, web filtering, user credential theft prevention, and next-generation firewall policies.
- Cost Savings: Consolidating the management of multiple products, utilizing one or two platforms will better utilize IT resources and reduce costs…
- Reduced Complexity: Minimize the number of security products your IT team must manage, update and maintain.
- Increased Performance: With a cloud infrastructure, access to apps, the internet and corporate data is available globally.
- Data Protection: Implementing data protection policies within a SASE framework helps prevent unauthorized access and abuse of sensitive data.
The three fundamentals of a good SASE model:
- Simplicity – Consolidate services;
- Security – Control and protect, anywhere and everywhere;
- Scalability – Evolve to meet changing network and security needs.
The SASE model is still evolving and at this point, no one product covers all the fundamentals well. Let ChoiceTel help you better understand this evolving model and how the fundamentals of SASE can be achieved for your business. Call u s at 800-815-3320 or email [email protected].