Enterprises are increasingly adopting SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) architectures to boost security and simplify operations as they accelerate their digital transformation. SASE’s rapid emergence is transforming the way enterprises protect their data and users.
SASE converges networking and security into a unified, cloud-native platform that streamlines connectivity and access control across distributed environments. By combining these functions, SASE allows enterprises to connect and secure users, devices, and networks from anywhere through a single integrated service. This approach reduces the cost and effort required to maintain a complex infrastructure.
SASE’s centralized visibility, control, and policy enforcement enables efficient management, addresses emerging threats, and reduces potential attack surfaces. Additionally, the cloud-based delivery model improves the performance, scalability, and reliability of networking and security services. By simplifying infrastructure and operations, SASE delivers seamless, secure access experiences across today's hybrid enterprise environments.
As SASE adoption continues to grow, it is important for enterprises to choose certified SASE services and solutions.
SASE: A new paradigm for network security
Adopting SASE’s integrated networking and security approach challenges traditional security paradigms and can necessitate a shift in an organization’s perspective. In addition, the mix of solutions from various vendors across different departments often leads to disjointed thinking and a mismatch of skills between teams. To overcome these challenges, tightly integrating network and security operations and establishing a common language that fosters strong collaboration between these teams is critical to SASE’s success.
In this context, the role of standards is key. The continuous evolution and redefinition of terms have introduced significant confusion in the market. SASE standards define shared terminology, service attributes, and a service framework. Standards simplify the landscape of SASE solutions and empower customers to make more straightforward comparisons between SASE offerings.
SASE standards also accommodate a wide range of deployment models. Cloud security providers can readily adapt their implementations to align with SASE standards, and service providers can do the same. These standards enable them to select SD-WAN and SSE (Secure Service Edge)/ZTNA (Zero Trust Network Access) vendors to build a comprehensive SASE offering. This flexibility empowers buyers to choose the solution that aligns most effectively with their specific enterprise needs.