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What is SASE and why does your company need it?

One of today’s biggest IT challenges is how do you securely enable the shift to cloud-based applications, users, and devices in the constantly growing world of the roaming and remote? All without compromising end-user performance, increasing complexity, and leveraging current security measures? Security systems must be adopted to protect users wherever they are, and on any device, they are using.

2021 is a world where security requirements are shifting to cloud-based protection. As most organisations deal with the shift to cloud-based applications, users, and devices, this creates a new set of dynamic security needs. Secure Access Service Edge, SASE, is a security framework announced in 2019 by Gartner to address and merge network security solutions and functions into a single cloud-native service. It merges cloud-native security with WAN capabilities to create this new network architecture, securing the network performance and data for the user when accessing cloud-based applications from anywhere.

As reported by Gartner SASE is a new package of technologies including SD-WAN, SWG, CASB, ZTNA and FWaaS as core abilities, with the ability to identify sensitive data or malware and the ability to decrypt content at line speed, with continuous monitoring of sessions for risk and trust levels.”

The SASE framework offers businesses the heavy security processing it needs. Traffic is sent to the SASE cloud via an SD-WAN device at each location, from here the traffic is routed to a local point-of-presence (POP), where the network and security process is applied before being delivered to its final destination allowing secure access to the specific application or data.


1. It focuses on identity of user and devices:

According to Gartner “the identity of the user/device/service is one of the most significant pieces of context that can be factored into the policy that is applied.” The increase of digital business has shifted cybersecurity focus and design patterns to that of the user, application and/or device and thus away from the traditional focus of the data centre.

  1. Protects cloud-native data that is located outside the data centre

With an increase in critical data stored inside cloud services which is outside of the traditional businesses data centres, and ever more user traffic moving through public cloud services; it is essential security networks are allowing for this shift to ensure this data is protected.

  1. Global fabric of secure access capabilities.

SASE protection and networks can provide a worldwide fabric ormesh of network and network security capabilities that can be applied when and where needed to connect entities to the networked capabilities they need access to.

  1. Cost efficiency-one single, fully integrated cloud-native platform

SASE integrates multiple existing capabilities and securities into one, fully integrated cloud-native platform that will reduce costs and required resources. Your organisations IT/Security team will have a reduced and simplified IT infrastructure they will need to handle, maintain and update.  

Security issues arise as a result of the use of cloud-based systems for communication, storage, and essential business processes. This increases business efficiency by allowing access from anywhere at any time, but it also increases the likelihood of security threats. Malicious hackers will find it easier to conduct attacks as more organisations embrace cloud-based digital processes. Traditional security stacks and technologies are falling behind the evolving threat environment, which includes both external and internal threats. It is important to implement a protection and risk management strategy. The SASE model blends the versatility of today's networking models with cloud-based security features targeted at remote users.

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