Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) combines network and security-as-a-service functions into a single cloud service, enabling companies to manage their network and security tools from a single interface. As a cloud-based solution, SASE requires minimal hardware and offers cost-effective, highly scalable solutions ideal for today’s complex digital remote environments.
As companies transition their work environments to the cloud and prioritize hybrid workloads, the threat landscape has grown more complex. Multi-vendor IT environments are the norm, reducing transparency and complicating the most routine processes.
The pandemic induced a dramatic shift to remote work, multiplying endpoints exponentially and amplifying organizational risk seemingly overnight. As IT teams are tasked with maintaining security without compromising the user experience, SASE has emerged as an essential tool to enable rapid transformation while maintaining the highest levels of data security and integrity.
Communication Systems Are Critical to Business Continuity and Trust
Businesses rely on communications systems to connect with customers, vendors, employees, and partners. When communications systems fail, business continuity is at risk.
In hybrid and remote work environments, communication is even more critical. Any downtime, lapse in quality, or integrity impacts the customer experience and could adversely affect employee morale and retention.
SASE should be implemented as a standard component to ensure communications system integrity, security, and quality.
Four Reasons Why SASE Should be Standard in Any Communication System
1. SASE Has Security Baked into Its Design at The Edge.
When Gartner first identified the SASE category in 2019, it defined five minimum controls for the category. SASE combines SD-WAN network controls with four other security controls in the architecture:
· Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB)
· Firewall as a Service (FWaaS)
· Secure Web Gateways (SWG)
· Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)
Integrating these controls simplifies the architecture, reducing the need to manage multiple vendors and easing the strain on IT and infoSEC teams.
2. Reduction In Complexity and Costs
SASE combines network and security frameworks into a single device, reducing network edge complexity and the risk of downtime, breach, or failure. Fewer incremental security tools are required to secure the edge, and since all are contained within the SASE deployment, OPEX is significantly reduced. With fewer edge devices to power, monitor, and troubleshoot, business resources can be channeled into other initiatives or company growth.
3. Improved Network and Cloud Performance
SASE leverages microservice-based cloud-native handling, providing automated process scaling to meet the high computational needs of advanced security functions and further reducing the load on the network.
In today’s complex IT environments, employees are accessing company communication systems from multiple remote locations on multiple devices and connecting to the cloud to do so. The more network connections that must be made, the greater the potential for errors, dropped connections, and latency.
Because SASE integrates all required security and network solutions, it can be more easily integrated into existing cloud architecture, reducing the number of connections that must be made and enabling safer, faster connectivity between sites and cloud applications.
4. Better User Experience
One of the biggest concerns with maintaining IT security in a remote work environment is the user experience. When employees are forced to navigate complex network architectures and multiple security appliances simply to accomplish their daily tasks, the process becomes cumbersome and frustrating. Implementing SASE reduces these complexities, streamlining workflows and improving productivity.
In communications systems, simplified data flow means fewer dropped calls, better call quality, lower latency, and improved business outcomes. Plus, edge performance improvements enabled by SASE mean happy users. Whether those users are customers or employees, it pays to keep them happy as they are inarguably your greatest assets.
Cloud-based security and network functions of SASE also improve the effectiveness of IT teams. In-house teams are tasked with more complex challenges every day, and many are short-handed due to a massive shortfall of available IT talent and the high burnout factor that comes with overwork. As a business leader, anything you can do to reduce the burden and simplify the workflow is both appreciated and mandated. Implementing SASE shows you care and are committed to doing everything possible to affect process improvement.
Finally, during times of rapid scale, SASE helps you control and maintain security policies and onboard new employees and software with ease. SASE enables role-based and user-level access from a cloud-based portal, speeding deployment of services, accelerating time to value, and helping new users get up to speed quickly.
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