Understanding SASE (Secure Access Service Edge)
When it comes to Business Network Security and Remote Connectivity, you've likely heard of Firewalls, VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), and other Cyber Security solutions. But a new solution is quickly replacing all of these, providing better, unified, security across all business endpoints, including Remote Workers, called SASE, pronounced "sassy."
What is SASE?
At its core, SASE is a fresh approach to networking and network security that merges the functions of Firewalls and Wide Area Networking (WAN) capabilities into a single cloud-based service, accessed from any business device. By moving solutions such as your firewall into the cloud, it protects all of your users and endpoints no matter where they are. No longer do businesses have to worry about remote workers being on insecure home or public networks, all of their business devices are protected from a cloud based firewall with multiple redundant failovers.
Clouds Protecting Clouds
Over the past decade, we have seen a major shift in the use of business applications, where at one time services were based on premise, on servers, with software solutions installed on local/on-site machines to access the data. We have seen a major shift in many of these services to a cloud-hosted solution. However, with this shift also comes a shift in security management. With on-site solutions, your network security is under your business control, however, with the shift to the cloud, the security of access to this data is taken out of your control. Additionally, every cloud hosting or software-as-a-service solution has its own security policies, providing an unknown and inconsistent security solution. SASE ensures a consistent level of cloud security across all platforms by enforcing a “zero trust” model. SASE uses identity-based verification, ensuring that only authorised users and devices gain access to the data or applications they require, regardless of their location or the device they're using.
How can a SASE Network Security Solution Benefit your Business?
Traditional cyber security models focus on protecting the network's perimeter. However, with the rise of mobile workers, cloud applications, and IoT (Internet of Things) devices, the perimeter has become blurred. This is where SASE shines.
Adaptable & Unified Security: With SASE, protection is integrated. This means that whether your staff are working in the office, from a café, or from their homes, the security measures remain consistent and robust. With an increasing number of businesses transitioning to the cloud and employees working remotely, SASE offers a dynamic security model. This means it adapts to the needs of the business in real time, ensuring security at any time, from any location.
Simplified Management: Traditional Networking and Network Security typically comprises of various security solutions often working in silos. As such, management of all of these solutions can become complex and cumbersome for businesses. SASE consolidates these into a singular cloud platform, streamlining the processes and reducing complexity.
Scalable & Cost-Effective: Reducing the need for multiple, separate networking and network security solutions can lead to decreased ongoing expenses. Additionally, as your business grows, your cyber security needs will evolve. With a traditional setup, this might require a considerable overhaul, or multiple solutions across multiple locations. However, SASE solutions can scale effortlessly with your business demands.
Real-Time Threat Response: Because SASE operates in the cloud, it can continuously update its threat intelligence. If a new security threat emerges, SASE can rapidly respond, offering businesses more robust protection.
Improved Performance: Traditional network models often route traffic through a central hub, such as a business head office, which can increase latency and slow down internet speeds. With SASE, business devices can take the quickest route to access data or the internet, improving overall performance. If a user is in an office location SASE can see this and route data through the business’s internal network & if a user is at a home/remote location SASE can route traffic either directly to the internet via the cloud firewall or via the firewall to the business network infrastructure, dependant on what is required by the user.
How TwentyFour IT Services keep you Cyber Secure
In a world where cyber threats are constantly evolving and the traditional workplace model is shifting a dynamic, flexible, and comprehensive cyber security solution is paramount to the protection of your business & SASE is just one important element of that chain.
To find out more about how TwentyFour can help secure your business from evolving cyber security threats, Contact Us about our Cyber Security Health Assessment.
You can also read more about the essential pillars of a Comprehensive Cyber Security Solution in our recent article here.
Remember, staying 'SASSY' could very well be the key to protecting your business from the latest cyber threats.