Path to Cybersecurity for SASE Solutions

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Path to Cybersecurity for SASE Solutions

IT experts believe that SASE can provide companies with the power to manage and adjust their security protocols despite the evolving network

SASE has the potential to extend beyond a business tool and enter the cybersecurity tool stack. In 2019, it was estimated that SASE would be leveraged by only one percent of enterprises.  But today forecasts say that 40 percent of businesses are expected to use SASE as a security strategy by 2024.

While SASE involves several components with the ability to identify malware, experts recommend a single source of high-quality networking. Although the solution extends support to every device and user in the fragmented network, proper regulations and rules that are delivered and managed centrally will be essential to keep the system in control.

IT experts suggest globally distributed SASE POPs that are offered by co-location facilities and IaaS to be leveraged for a decreased latency and improved network security performance. Moreover, SASE solutions can provide distributed POPs that sync with the company’s access latency and data residency requirements. It can be a useful strategy to maximize local end-user experiences.

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As for costs and limited resources, the solutions can be made and delivered as a managed service without spiralling the business resources within the organization. Adding momentum to the solution without extra manpower and skillsets can be achieved to enable cloud security scaling. Experts warn enterprises about depending on a single SASE solution.

Gartner indicates that SASE should be a package of several solutions working in a tightly-knit group. These solutions include a firewall, zero-trust network architecture, a web gateway, and a cloud access security broker, underpinned by an SD-WAN.

Additionally, experts recommend the SASE solution to include essential features like multi-factor authentication, advanced cyber-attack protection, biometric validation, remote working VPNs, endpoint security, and encrypted traffic inspection for zero-day cyber threats.

SASE is calling for refreshing conversations on highly desired zero-trust access models. While security executives are still trying to fully understand SASE, they have started to believe that it is the cybersecurity end game. A challenge would be to convince the executive board about the change in business direction before it gets too late.

Even with simple business decisions, the conversations are long and frustrating. In this case, the C suite could face an added complication. Without proper education, explaining IAM, SWG, CASB, ZTNA, and then getting to FWaaS and SD-WAN can be time-consuming and hardly rewarding.

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Nonetheless, incorporating the SASE strategy is critical due to the rapid evolution of complex and fragmented networks. In this situation, disregarding sufficient education and alienating end users will not help. Experts reckon that when end-users or investors do not understand a system, they try to find an alternative approach, which could develop further security gaps and complications. Security is everybody’s problem today, hence keeping the solution simple and educating end-users is of utmost importance.

SASE can provide companies with the power to manage and adjust their security protocols from one cloud platform with ease. With the increasing adoption of SASE, experts expect business leaders to realize its true potential themselves.

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