Let’s Get SASE Series: The 6 Factors of Successful SSE Implementations 

04-20-2023 16:53

In the last edition of our Let’s Get SASE Series, we unpacked a few of the capabilities and technologies involved in a standard secure access service edge (SASE) framework, as well as defined what is involved in the “light” version of SASE – secure service edge (SSE).

Although both involve different levels of technology, they can lead to similar results when it comes to securing your customers’ frameworks. 

But how do you know if your SASE or SSE implementation is truly successful?

It all starts with a strategic SASE roadmap! By closely aligning your customer’s business goals and wider organizational strategic initiatives — such as cloud migration, cybersecurity policies and IT strategy plans — you can get them on the road to a successful implementation.

But that’s not the only “X factor” you need. According to Deloitte, there are an additional six components needed for a successful implementation:[1]

1.     Enterprise business drivers – Ensure a close alignment with the business is seen as value/growth enablers instead of a blocker. Constant communication and establishment of needs before they become an issue is key. 

2.     Security principles and policies – Embed security policies and standards from day one, closing the gap between cybersecurity and IT departments. This will help sow the seeds for a “security-first” culture, which is paramount to ensuring a proper SASE framework as well as other cybersecurity initiatives.

3.     Public and private cloud strategy – Align with wider cloud migration strategy to ensure realistic timelines and transformation plans. It’s always best to know what will be migrating and where it will go on a cloud network, so the proper securities can be quickly implemented.

4.     Vendor management strategy – Know who can help you facilitate multi-vendor cooperation and prepare a negotiation approach. This could involve several parties, including executives, IT, finance, vendor specialists and even distributor teams to ensure the proper services and solutions are in place and up to standards.

5.     Network requirements and strategy – Understand the organization's connectivity needs and how these translate into a future strategy. Establish your customers cloud migration plans, on-site networking plans and any other connectivity projects that could benefit from SASE frameworks. 

6.     Technical team governance – Drive collaboration between network operations (NetOps), security operations (SecOps) and the wider IT team to increase available expertise and synergies. The more IT teams can communicate needs and potential vulnerabilities, the easier it is to secure the overall network.

As can be seen, it takes a lot of planning to ensure a successful SASE framework is in place. Many parties – from the vendor and the end user customer team to your own business teams and distributor partners like TD SYNNEX – must come together to ensure these security frameworks are in peak condition.

TD SYNNEX has a dedicated solutions team that is specially trained for SASE frameworks and all the other cutting-edge security policies that your customers seek – CyberSolv! To get our CyberSolv team on your next SASE opportunity, reach out to them  at!

Come back next month to catch the final part of the Let’s Get SASE Series! If you missed out on the first two parts of this series, you can check them out below:

Read Part One

Read Part Two

[1] “Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Point of View,”, 2022.

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