Top Reasons to Adopt the Secure Access Service Edge

Today’s new work dynamic, where workers access applications and services from any place they want to work, on any device they have on hand, has driven a revolution in security at the edge. This new model of networking and security has been coined by Gartner as the secure access service edge (SASE). And it’s quickly becoming the new framework for handing the network and security demands of the work from anywhere economy.

What is SASE? It is a cloud-based convergence of many existing network technologies into a single, comprehensive service model which addresses common security challenges. It’s particularly valuable for applications that live outside the data center, sensitive data that’s stored across multiple cloud services and for users connecting from anywhere, on any device.

Gartner says, “The secure access service edge is an emerging offering combining comprehensive WAN capabilities with comprehensive network security functions (such as SWG, CASB, FWaaS and ZTNA) to support the dynamic secure access needs of digital enterprises.”

So how do you know it’s time to implemented SASE? Consider these three benefits:

  1. Reduce Security Risk. Certainly, a key reason for adopting SASE is to ensure that users don’t introduce security risk into your environment while accessing data and applications from distributed locations. SASE embeds security into the fabric of the model, not as a separate function, so that all connections are inspected and secured, from anywhere users are connecting. This helps reduce risk by removing the attack surface and hiding the source identity of the network to prevent adversaries from targeting your environment with attacks such as DDoS. Using a cloud-based architecture, SASE handles the communication between users and applications where traffic can be decrypted and inspected with full visibility.
  2. Enhance the User Experience. The SASE architecture puts security on a natural path from the user to the application, rather than forcing users to be redirected to the legacy perimeter. . This helps create a great user experience. SASE reduces the hops for users to get to their applications which optimizes the path for the lowest possible latency. Among the technologies used to do this are the intelligent routing of traffic to the applications’ closest geographic location and the placement of the security stack as close to the user as possible.
  3. Lower IT Complexity and Cost. With users now working from everywhere, many traditional network-based security technologies are being pushed to their limits. Rather than simply managing activity behind the firewall, they are now having to work harder to terminate remote worker connections and inspect network traffic, both going in and out. To overcome the limitations many organizations have deployed multiple appliances to meet these demands. This greatly increases complexity as well as management and operating costs. It can also increase security risk – as it’s hard to know where one solution leaves off and where another may have you covered. Instead, SASE pushes security as close to users as possible while unifying functions that were previously performed separately into a single service. This reduces IT complexity and lowers cost.

As experts in security and networking, Veristor has the insights to make your SASE implementation powerfully effective. Securing your business and ensuring your data is protected is a priority. But in today’s increasingly hybrid workplace model, understanding your security posture and redefining your security edge is a requirement. Let’s schedule a consultation today to discuss how SASE can secure your new edge.