Challenges of Service Access Security Edge (SASE) Adoption

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Challenges of Service Access Security Edge (SASE) Adoption
Challenges of Service Access Security Edge (SASE) Adoption

Implementation of SASE in enterprises’ security posture can have a significant positive impact on digitally transformed workflows. However, implementing SASE successfully is not a simple task as few vendors make it to be. 

SASE is a comprehensive approach that CISOs can adopt to integrate security in the entire business IT network irrespective of their geographical location, system type, or combinations of transport technologies used in connecting the user and resource. However, it is not a remedy for all the security exposures that the business might be vulnerable to. 

The cyber security landscape is evolving rapidly, and business leaders are exploring better opportunities to secure their IT architecture. Integration of service access security edge into the security tech stack will help to lock down a new software-defined protection framework. A few enterprises are finding it challenging to adopt SASE efficiently into their security tech stack. Here are a few challenges of service access security edge adoption:

Deployment challenges

Successful implementation of SASE requires seamless integration between network and security services to enable secure user access in SaaS and multi-cloud functions. SASE integrations include capabilities similar to SDWAN deployments, such as path resiliency and redundancy. SD-WAN deployments assist businesses in virtualizing IT networks and operations, which requires businesses to upgrade the legacy single-button switches and routers with modern tools. 

Many enterprises have already virtualized most of their business IT architecture. Implementation of SASE needs virtualized IT network, but the challenging part is SASE needs seamless integration and management just like a software-defined network framework. A lot of businesses have standalone tools and applications integrated into their tech stack, making service access security edge adoption difficult. Robust tech stacks today have multiple security applications executing on data centers, clouds, networks, and hardware points. There is a possibility that similar VPN tools on the IT infrastructure might not seamlessly integrate with each other and other devices on the network. Moreover, the industry offering multiple network options for enterprises makes the compatibility challenge more intense. 

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SASE adoption needs businesses to set standard policy management, secure access, threat protection, and device management approaches to ensure successful adoption. Enterprises find it challenging to seamlessly integrate security components to successfully implement service access security edge. It is essential to have network ops and security ops working together at a similar pace to embrace SASE in the IT infrastructure.

Difficulty in tool landscape navigation

One other significant challenge in adopting SASE architecture is navigating the tooling landscape and other related ecosystems. As service access, security edge is an amalgamation of tools and methodologies, making it challenging for enterprises to navigate the vendor ecosystem. The challenge intensifies with the wide availability of various vendors, the diversity of tools they offer, and the features available to select from. 

Even though when businesses explore, evaluate and choose a particular tool to integrate, they need to analyze its capabilities with the current tech stack. A lack of seamless integration into the security tech stack will result in tool sprawls, silos, disjointed capabilities, and disseminated enterprise IT architecture.

 Most enterprises today have embraced hybrid cloud environments into their IT infrastructure, increasing the difficulties in adopting SASE. Because the legacy security tools are not compatible and do not support approaches to secure cloud networks. Moreover, businesses will have to integrate additional tools to secure the cloud environment and different tools to integrate with the current traditional security tools, which increases the headache of managing the whole enterprise. 

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