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What Is SASE And How Can It Benefit You?

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With so many acronyms around now, like FwaaS, Saas, and more, it is easy to lose track a little. But SASE is a framework that will bring your native tech like FwaaS and ZTNA together. 

Secure Success Service Edge is a network that combines SASE and SD-WAN functionality. Unifying: ZTNA, DLP, SWG, FWaaS, and SWG. 

The costs to maintain the more complex fragmented structures can be high, but with Perimeter 81 SASE, they’re all brought together under one roof. What is more is that it reduces the chance of data breaches, improves application access, and works from anywhere. 

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What capabilities does SASE have?

SASE has a range of capabilities that make it something that every business needs to streamline its security and protect its business.

Unification of management 

One problem that arises when there are multiple products in action is the complex nature of their management. SASE will allow users to manage and monitor their network and have all security solutions in one place. Streamlining is one of the most powerful features of SASE. 

SWG

Secure Web Gateway solutions offer protection against web-borne threats like phishing and malware. All users at all locations within the network will have SWG protections when a SASE is in use. Having SASE will also eliminate the requirement to have multiple policies spread across various points. 

ZTNA

With the increase in security threats and people working remotely. A zero-trust network access option puts dynamic zero-trust protection in place that looks at location, device type, time of access, and user identity to make intelligent decisions – so you don’t have to. 

FWaaS

Firewalls are the main building blocks of a robust security setup; Firewall as a Service offers a more scalable product that can work with businesses of all sizes as they grow and change. FWaaS is adaptable and gives companies the ability to have a security stack extend across their entire network. 

CASB

Being adaptable to new threats is a must for all businesses, and a cloud access security broker (CASB) is a robust and adaptable security option that manages the hazards that come with cloud computing. One of the challenges with CASB is that it can be complex to integrate it with other software; when delivered within a SASE, the complexity is eliminated. 

SD-WAN

For optimal WAN management, an SD-WAN should be in place. Software-defined WAN features and capabilities can be leveraged by a SASE resulting in a network that is optimized in terms of global connectivity and network routing. As well as remote access, cloud acceleration, and internet security. 

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How do ZTNA and SASE work together?

The first thing to mention is that SASE is not a VPN; instead, it is the framework that offers secure access to data and apps. A VPN provides a secure connection to the internet for users. 

ZTNA is a more robust option than a VPN and offers a higher level of security with more options. 

The combination of ZTNA and SASE means that you have a more secure solution that protects applications and data from unauthorized access. 

While SASE does include a ZTNA, it can be used in unison with a VPN or can be replaced entirely. It depends on the complexity of your requirements; in some cases, the VPN is rendered obsolete. 

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What are the benefits of a ZTNA and SASE working together?

If we look at how businesses ran just a few years ago – there were people working inside the office all the time. That is where work was conducted, where applications were accessed, and where data and information were sent and received. 

There was a clearly defined parameter for the unprotected zone (outside the office) and protected zone (inside). Companies only needed a small amount of security. 

Now, the apps and data are all on the cloud, and the workers work from all over the world. The parameters of the trusted and untrusted zone are no longer applicable. The complexity of keeping all of these areas secure has increased, and so has the rate of cybercrime. 

The solution to this issue is to have both ZTNA and SASE. 

It is estimated that most companies will phase out their use of VPNs in favor of ZTNA in the coming year. 

While ZTNA has a lot of capabilities like user authentication, user risk scoring, and a dynamic security structure, SASE can add context to what ZTNA does. 

If a user uses the internet, that doesn’t always go through the ZTNA, but that doesn’t mean that they are safe. The SASE offers secure communication and cloud-based security that is close to the user (positioning entry points and enforcements). In short, traffic that the ZTNA might not see can have the information collected by the SASE. 

Extended anomaly detection becomes possible with the extra context that SASE gives to ZTNA. Companies are able to block users based on suspicious activity with a combination of the ZTNA and the SASE – they get a whole-picture view. 

ZTNA benefits from the intelligence of the SASE to block malicious IPs and traffic too. 

With remote access being the ‘must-have’ option for almost all companies, the combination of SASE and ZTNA gives greater scalability, higher levels of security, and better control of access policies. Since SASE and ZTNA can be delivered via the cloud, part of the benefits is that it is possible to have granular access. 

In short, the combination of ZTNA and SASE offers a protected future. 

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