Network security must evolve to keep up with increasingly complex network architecture. In the next ten years, SASE may be the solution to this problem.
SASE is the Future of Network Security
Slowly but surely, more and more technologies have been driven to the cloud. It makes sense, then, that the future of network security is in the cloud, too. That’s what SASE, secure access service edge, is all about. If Gartner’s prediction is correct, SASE will be in the mainstream sometime in the next decade.
Today’s network security infrastructure is already outdated. It was built with the assumption that there was only one physical center of access requirements for employees and their technology – the actual data center itself. Hybrid networks and cloud computing have made this architecture much more complex, however, and have already rendered this model obsolete.
SASE is designed to take the traditional network security, with bandaids holding together things like firewalls, SD-WANs, and more, with a single unified service. There are several key components of SASE, according to Gartner:
- Personalized access – today, things like security access and service levels are driven by IP address. SASE will instead be personalized to each specific user and device.
- Cloud-based – SASE will be developed to take advantage of important cloud-based capabilities that drive efficiency and scalability.
- All-encompassing – SASE will support all connections, whether it’s a physical edge or a single mobile user. To achieve this, it will need to be globally distributed.
According to the San Francisco Bay Area IT Services firm, EPC IT Solutions. Adoption of SASE will provide a number of benefits to those companies that invest in it:
1. Savings in Cost
Instead of using a variety of different vendors and providers to secure networks at multiple touchpoints, SASE consolidates everything into a single service. You’ll also have less physical and virtual devices across all company locations. This drives down costs significantly, especially as SASE hits the mainstream and overall SASE costs scale downward.
2. Stronger Security
The whole purpose of SASE in the first place is to account for the necessary evolution of network security. Consolidating multiple devices and vendors into one service dramatically reduces the number of potential wormholes for nefarious actors to force through. You’ll also have the ability to control network activity at a much more granular level, such as automatically handling sensitive data in a specific way or automatically scanning for malware.
3. Better User Experience
Users who require high-bandwidth can automatically be routed to better performance without straining the rest of the network. On specific devices, bloat should be nonexistent as user access policy is automated. Users will be able to enjoy a consistent experience, no matter where they are or what type of device they’re using.
SASE is still years away from feasibility for most businesses, and further away still for anybody other than large enterprises. However, there’s no doubt that traditional network security is not going to be viable for much longer as the traditional network becomes more and more complex. When the time comes, SASE will provide businesses a number of key benefits, not the least of which being that they will save money and be much more secure.