Modern Cybersecurity: Easing into SASE with SSE

February 14, 2024
Access Tech: Ease into SASE with SSE

Modern enterprise complexity is challenging cybersecurity programs. With the widespread adoption of cloud services and remote work, and the broadening distribution of applications and employees away from traditional corporate locations, organizations require a more flexible and scalable approach to network security. SASE technology can help address these issues, making SASE adoption a goal for many organizations worldwide. But adoption paths can vary widely. One popular strategy is to ease into SASE by starting with security service edge (SSE), a building block of SASE which integrates security capabilities directly into the network edge, close to where users or devices connect.  

Companies Ease into SASE with SSE 

To tame security issues, organizations want a modern approach that provides consistent, distributed enforcement for users wherever they are, as well as a zero-trust approach to application access, and centralized policy management. These are all characteristics of SSE, the security component of SASE. Most organizations are taking the path of deploying SSE first before further delving into SASE. 

Core Security Functions of SSE 

While organizations intend to eventually have a comprehensive security stack in their SSE, the top functions they are starting with are: secure web gateway (SWG), cloud access security broker (CASB), zero-trust network access (ZTNA), virtual private network (VPN), firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS), data loss prevention (DLP), and next-generation firewall (NGFW). 

Transitioning to SASE: A Unified Approach 

While SSE lays the groundwork for a solid security stack, the ultimate convergence of security and networking is achieved through SASE. Easing into SASE with SSE ensures a seamless transition, providing organizations with the comprehensive solution needed to navigate the challenges of modern cybersecurity. 

Ease into SASE, don’t rush the delicate process! Let us help you get started on your journey, where we’ve helped companies for over a decade improve their security. Contact us today! 

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