Cybersafety Connections December 2021 Vol#45  

  • Work-from-home era brought by the pandemic.  
  • The current state of work-from-home.  
  • SASE workings and benefits.  
  • Conclusion. 
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 Work-from-Home Era  

The pandemic brought upon us the work-from-home era causing organizations to encounter many online interactions from different devices and applications. That is users are accessing company network using their connections and devices and with encryption on the rise organizations still have less control over networks and network visibility. You know when you are at the office the employer has control over the work internet/network and not so much control over the external internet/network. This work–from– home situation has led to a surge in demand for cloud-based services that can improve connectivity and security.  

The current state of work-from-home  

Now we are in the era of hybrid work, remote devices, and cloud-based apps. With the move to the cloud, traditional tools that were used to speed up network access and safeguard connections are less applicable.  

As a result of the data breach, cyberattacks, and ransomware incidents in the past year, companies are moving towards adopting secure access service edge (SASE) solutions by 2025 according to research and advisory firm Gartner.1  

What then is SASE? Secure access service edge  (SASE) is a cloud-based enterprise security framework designed to address network and security issues caused by digital transformation. The move to the cloud, creates a situation where the mobile workforce, devices, applications, and data are accessing networks outside the regular pattern companies are used to.  

How Does SASE work?  

SASE combines network connectivity and security and delivers it to users from a single globally-distributed cloud-native platform. SASE combines scale, acceleration, and edge computing (where it is needed) with Zero Trust Network Access (Multi-factor Authentication), web applications, and API protection as a service (WAAPaaS) and cloud secure web gateways(SWG) and firewalls to protect users. Companies get to secure and enable corporate resources while securing and delivering sites, applications, and API. Some A.I based cloud security tools defend data and applications as well.

So what are the benefits of SASE?  

  • Enable new digital business scenario  

In the current hybrid work environment where users, devices, and company resources are outside the company network and IT security, SASE steps in to close the gap delivering security at the edge where it is needed.  

  • Strengthen security  

SASE provides security controls both to the end-user internal to the company and external-facing sites, applications, and API. This makes it harder for cyberattacks to take place where bad actors may want to exploit the vulnerabilities in the system.  

  • Improve Global Scale and Operation Resilience  

SASE framework improves network connectivity and security for users, devices, and services without sacrificing performance across networks.  

  • Simplifies complexity and cost  

 SASE improves the user experience and simplifies IT operations by combining network and security services and not dealing with multiple security, and network vendors and tools. This improves visibility of network and ease of management.  

  • Enable Zero Trust  

The foundation of security is trust and to enable that trust SASE uses Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) and secure web gateway (SWG) to authenticate users. This ensures that only authorized, trusted, and inspected users and their devices are granted access to internal resources and networks.  

  • Increase effectiveness of network and security staff  

An offshoot of simplifying IT operations. Using one platform to deliver security and network without reducing performance, aligns security and IT teams and enables them to work together.  

In Conclusion  

Small-to-midsized businesses(SMBs) looking to collaborate with SASE providers are advised to work with vendors that have extensive experience with both cloud-based security and SD-WAN.SD-WAN is a software-defined wide-area network that uses software-defined network technology to communicate over the internet using encryption between an organization’s location. So the SASE specialist should able to support the seamless integration of third-party apps and tools so companies can mix and match solutions that support their operations as needed.  

1.October/November 2021 Fortune.com -Delivering Speed and Security at Cloud-Level Enterprise Scale.

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