The 2020 pandemic has forever shifted the way businesses operate. As businesses continue to reopen, hybrid workforces are now the new normal, requiring access to business services, applications, and data from any location. Organisations are still transforming their networks to provide uninterrupted connectivity while maintaining security to those working in offices, at home or on the road.
Prior to the pandemic, organisations were already facing the challenges that legacy network and network security technologies presented, dramatically limiting their ability to manage new traffic patterns and security threats. Organisations were forced to adopt multiple point products to address changing business requirements, such as fire- walls, secure web gateways, cloud access security broker solutions, and SD-WAN. The pandemic exacerbated these challenges, as businesses were now forced to rapidly support global remote working while ensuring privacy and security.
The concept of a secure access service edge (SASE) came to fruition in 2019. Coined by Gartner, SASE (pronounced “sassy”) is designed to help organisations embrace cloud and mobility by providing network and network security services from a common cloud-delivered architecture. A SASE solution must provide consistent security services, and access to all types of cloud applications (e.g., public cloud, private cloud, SaaS) delivered through a common framework.
An effective SASE solution must converge SD-WAN and security into a single, integrated offering that delivers consistent protection with a high-performance experience for all users, regardless of location. Many vend