Critical Guidance for Evaluating SASE Solutions
Published by Fortinet
Providing secure, reliable, and consistent access to corporate assets and applications to today’s hybrid world is one of the biggest challenges facing IT teams. Secure, authenticated access to critical applications and resources combined with consistent enterprise-grade protection, whether workers are on-premises, working from home, or somewhere in between, is crucial in today’s marketplace.
Today’s hybrid networks are only as secure as their weakest link. So, when workers suddenly shifted to home offices, organizations experienced a spike in malware, particularly ransomware. Cybercriminals quickly moved their efforts from attacking the corporate network to targeting often poorly secured home offices. They were then able to burrow into the network by hijacking encrypted VPN tunnels.
Organizations need a more advanced solution. Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is an architecture that converges networking and security—combining cloud-delivered security and SD-WAN—to ensure consistent and secure access to critical resources for remote workers. An effective SASE solution should include enterprise-class security elements, like a secure web gateway (SWG), zero-trust network access (ZTNA), and a next-generation dual-mode cloud access security broker (CASB) to ensure consistent and secure access to web, cloud, and private applications. And its integrated SD-WAN should provide keep together access to business-critical applications. If done right, SASE should extend the same protections and performance to remote workers they experience when working from their traditional on-premises office.
SASE has quickly become a vital tool in the arsenal of IT teams needing a more reliable solution for their now permanent hybrid, work-from-anywhere (WFA) model. However, not all SASE solutions are alike. Application performance, access, and security can vary widely between solutions. And for those organizations with a dynamic and evolving hybrid network, adding yet another set of technologies to manage can overwhelm limited IT resources.