SASE is the tech that everybody’s talking about in 2023, but what is it – security, networking, both? Find out what it means for your business and why you should be considering a switch.
What is SASE?
Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) – pronounced “sassy” – is built on a cloud-first model that secures access to the web. Combining Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) capabilities with network and security-as-a-service functions, and delivering them as a single cloud-delivered service.
It’s the ultimate way to keep a hybrid workplace secure
SASE extends networking and security capabilities beyond where they’re normally available. It protects remote workers with a firewall- as- a service (FWaaS), secure web gateway (SWG), zero-trust network access (ZTNA), and a combo of threat detection functions.
Why every business now needs SASE
In the old world of work, users and apps were centralised with users in offices and apps in physical data centres, well-equipped with onsite security hardware. All internet traffic flowed through those secure data centres.
In the new world, data and applications are in data centres and the cloud, and today’s workforce is more dispersed than ever before. This presents organisations with the challenge of securing users wherever they work and managing an ever-expanding attack surface.
Traditional networks now struggle under the strain of this new normal. Network speeds come to a crawl as more remote workers connect to data centres through virtual private networks (VPNs). And security gaps grow as employees bypass the VPN completely. After all, why use the VPN when most of your apps live in the cloud?
Keeping it in the cloud
SASE is a modern approach that moves networking and security out of the data centre, and closer to where users work and applications live, in the cloud. Through tightly integrated cloud security and networking components, it provides the right protection to any platform anywhere people work.
SASE empowers organisations to see, secure, and connect users from one place. This makes it easy to verify users and devices, so users can work from anywhere and always have access to their must-have resources.
It can even simplify identifying, investigating, and resolving security or connection issues. Plus, with cloud-based networking and security, scaling up or down is easier and more affordable.
Make the switch
SASE isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. Every organisation's journey is different. But wherever you are, whatever your current setup, architecture or business goals, partner with Backbone Connect for a smoother switch.