By uniting point solutions into one cloud platform, technology silos are broken and IT complexity is replaced by visibility and ease of management. The end result is a synergy across both IT domains; under the SASE model network and security have officially come together.
Digital transformation inverts network and security service design patterns, shifting the focal point to the identity of the user and/or device — not the data center. Security and risk management leaders need a converged cloud-delivered secure access service edge to address this shift.
SASE solutions are delivered as a service, helping enterprises transition from hardware to software, reducing costs with multi-tenancy, and supporting a remote, distributed, and mobile workforce.
SASE offerings cater to companies doing business across multiple regions or countries with a software-defined network for low-latency routing across worldwide points of presence.
User identities and individual devices (not the data center) are the focus for SASE, so access to identity analytics and user activity tracking capabilities are key.
SASE services place emphasis on flexibility and security at the edge, where branch locations, cloud applications, and mobile and IoT devices connect.
Security must be intrinsic to the network, and Masergy has been uniting the two IT domains into one service strategy for years. Masergy embeds security into our SD-WAN and private SD-network, meeting the key tenets of the SASE model. Plus, clients get the freedom to choose from a wide menu of other network and security services.
CASB monitors and controls access to cloud applications and environments
Cloud Workload Protection monitors data residing in cloud-hosted environments
Office 365 security monitoring provides managed detection and response for Microsoft’s productivity apps
Cloud-based application control and content filter
Granular per-app and per-user visibility with Identity-Based WAN Analytics
Unified threat management to inspect all north/south (server-to-server) IP traffic on your WAN
Per-user statistics across all applications
User activity tracking
Real-time analytics available on-demand
Building security analytics into the network portal has a transformational impact across both IT domains. In 2017, Masergy started doing just that. Very quickly, clients noticed greater visibility for network performance optimization and accelerated security alerting, investigation, and threat response services. With years of maturity, Masergy’s SD-WAN portal includes these security features:
Be wary of [SASE] vendors that propose to deliver services by linking a large number of features via VM service chaining, especially when the products come from a number of acquisitions or partnerships. This approach may speed time to market but will result in inconsistent services, poor manageability and high latency.
IT leaders can’t focus on innovation when they are worried about how the network and security will work together. In fact, network and security approaches should be consistent across the two IT domains.
For instance, network segmentation and data protection strategies used inside the LAN should also be mimicked in the WAN—as one unified strategy. Masergy’s SD-WAN solutions are designed to create an enterprise-wide standard for network and security, helping companies unify IT operations and adhere to convergence best practices.
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