Sussing out SASE and what it offers to partners

From left to right: Bjarne Munch (Gartner), Craig Sims (CCNA), Sachin Verma (Oreta)

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SASE, or Secure Access Service Edge, is an integration technique that has grown in popularity in recent years.

The idea behind it is to combine many network-based security features – such as secure web gateways, firewalls, zero trust network access (ZTNA) and the security broker functionality of cloud access – with a software-defined wide area network in one solution.

It’s a bit more complex than simply bundling network and security capabilities together, but once understood, integration can provide partners with an intriguing selling point.

Research firm Gartner reportedly first defined the term SASE in 2019, so its opinion on the matter should not be ignored. Bjarne Munch, the company’s senior senior analyst, believes that SASE delivers improved performance through operation from a single software package and improved operations through consistent policies.

Bjarne Munch (Gartner)Credit: Gartner
Bjarne Munch (Gartner)

“A key factor for SASE right now is the large number of employees who are working remotely because the current IP VPN- [virtual private network] and firewall-based security is too crude and usually allows too much access, ”he said. RNA.

“With ZTNA, it is possible to define very granular access policies, per employee, per device and per location, thus ensuring uniform security policies across all locations. “

The popularity of SASE is expected to snowball over the next few years, with Gartner claiming in its Market Opportunity Map: Secure Access Service Edge, Worldwide reports from July that by 2023, SASE will be the dominant consumption model for the WAN (Wide Area Network) edge in new and updated deployments.

The same report also predicts that business adoption of SASE will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36% through 2025.

Some partners are starting to capitalize on SASE, with the managed service providers Converged Communication Network Applications (CCNA) in Sydney and Oreta in Melbourne, both of them knowledgeable in this area.

Craig Sims, CCNA Co-CEO, sees SASE as a catalyst for secure and rapid cloud transformation. Specifically, Sims sees SASE link SDWAN (Software Defined Wide Area Network) with security features such as threat prevention, web filtering, sandboxing, DNS security, credential theft prevention, data loss prevention and next-generation firewall policies.

Meanwhile, Sachin Verma, co-founder and CEO of Oreta, believes SASE delivers improved network performance and a reduction in the number of providers used in a cloud-delivered service model.

One of the advantages of the integration technique, according to the partners, is the emphasis on simplification.

For example, Sims highlighted easy-to-deploy cloud solutions, ease of management, WAN scalability, and cost savings, resulting in a consistent end-to-end secure network solution.

Craig Sims (CCNA)Credit: CCNA
Craig Sims (CCNA)

“A good SASE solution will look at the real edge – the end user or the edge device – not the branch office or the data center,” he said.

Likewise, Verma said the technique largely offers “simplicity and flexibility” to manage WAN traffic and security from a single location.

While dealing with a single-vendor offering can make things easier, Munch also said companies will need to put all of their security solutions in one basket, which might not be an attractive prospect for some.

“A major downside is that many companies can view different vendors as their preferred brand for these various functions,” he said. “This means that to get a complete SASE solution, they may need to compromise on their preferred vendors in certain areas. ”

As a result, this places partners at a crossroads, whether it’s offering a SASE offering from a single vendor or multiple security offerings from a variety of vendors.

“SASE is still new and only a few vendors have all of the functionality required for a SASE solution, but many of these vendors are not as good in all areas,” Munch added.

“This means that companies or businesses that want SASE must approach it as a strategy where their need to ensure that what they buy today has a roadmap to a full SASE solution. “

Due to the reliance on cloud-based functionality, Munch noted, situations where cloud access is not available might be better suited for an on-premises security deployment.

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