Charlotte skims through her email after connecting
to a coffee shop’s WiFi on her way to the office. At the same time, David opens
his laptop in his home office and remotely logs in to a video conference. Similarly,
Ted settles into his morning routine at his office branch, checking through the
network security notifications that were flagged to his IT department overnight.
Clearly, the ways we work and communicate look
a whole lot different today than they did even two years ago. Shifts toward
mobility and cloud adoption are requiring organizations to reconsider how to
better connect and secure their offices, users and resources. An IDC study
found that 92% of enterprise businesses’ IT environment—including their
infrastructure, applications and data analytics—relies on the cloud.1
This number is only rising with the wide acceptance of remote and hybrid work
that accompanied the onset of COVID-19.
While workplace flexibility provides new
opportunities for organizations and their employees, it also presents
heightened security risks with remote workers logging on from home on a mixed
bag of personal and company devices. A report found that 76% of respondent IT
teams admitted that security took a back seat in the effort to prioritize
business continuity during the pandemic.2
Yes, that’s a concerning stat—especially when you compare this to the endless cycle of cyberthreats covered by news organizations reporting on the latest ransomware attacks wreaking havoc on every type of organization imaginable. But a glimmer of hope exists with a new blend of solutions—a layered, interwoven fabric of network and security technologies called Secure Access Service Edge—SASE, for short.
SASE is a powerful recent development that incorporates SD-WAN with a comprehensive network security model. While SASE has a long list of benefits ranging from simplified WAN deployment and scalability to increased network performance and cost reduction, what we’ll focus on here is its unmatched edge to edge security—particularly how SASE is emerging as a predominant way to combat cybercriminals and their most commonly used methods of cyberattacks that frequently impact organizations.
When referring to a cyberattack, these are the
categories you’re most likely going to find:
SASE is emerging as a way to defeat
cybercriminals at their own game by preventing ransomware and malware from
accessing industry networks. It eliminates the malicious malware from entering
the network by combining core
technology components, like SD-WAN, ZTNA, CASB and SWG, to create a
secure environment that runs over the widely used public Internet. It prevents malware
from spreading across organizations’ cloud and on-premises applications by
blocking threats in real time as they are uploaded to applications or
downloaded to devices. SASE can even go a step further, by blocking threats if
and when an innocent user attempts to click on a malicious link.
Security teams benefit from advanced threat protection solutions that ensure consistent protection for any interaction in the cloud, on the web and in on-premises resources. The fear of cyberattacks is very real. As the threats continue to increase in our highly digital world, implementing SASE as a key line of defense is a decision every business leader should consider.
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