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Let’s Get SASE: The 101 on Secure Access Service Edge 

01-20-2023 13:12

Tired of wasting time trying to track down and secure all the data your customers’ organizations create? Wish you had a tool that could collect data at the edge, enabling scalable networks that grow with their businesses? You could have it all and more with secure access service edge (SASE) solutions.

 

Gartner defines SASE as a comprehensive network-as-a-service offering with “comprehensive network security functions (such as secure web gateway, cloud access security broker, firewall-as-a-service and zero trust network authorization capabilities) to support the dynamic secure-access needs of digital enterprises.” [1]

 

However, getting to a SASE solution requires a specific infrastructure:

  • A virtualized network, which requires costly equipment upgrades, such as replacing single-function switches and routers.
  • An integrated security architecture, but most organizations today have a security patchwork of point products that are difficult to integrate.
  • A single management pane because manual interventions decrease productivity, driving up costs and reducing threat visibility.
  • A cultural shift – Many organizations still have siloed networking operations and security operations teams that are literally walled off from each other.

 

What’s more, few organizations want to deploy a full-stack SASE solution all at once, and as of this article’s posting, no vendor currently offers one.

 

Despite these challenges, Gartner predicts that customers will readily gravitate towards a full-stack SASE solution. But to get there, they need to start small with a security service edge (SSE) solution.

 

What is an SSE? Come back next week as we break down this offering and more in our Let’s Get SASE Series, exclusively on LevelUp!

 

Can’t wait that long? Contact the CyberSolv team at SecureNetworking@tdsynnex.com if you want to learn more or get started with cutting-edge SASE solution offerings today!

 

[1] “Magic Quadrant for Security Service Edge,” Gartner.com, G00757036, 03/30/2022.

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