How to secure the hybrid workforce with SASE

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We recently talked about what Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is and whether it was a disruptive change or more of a gradual evolution. But as a network manager, what steps do you need to take when looking at SASE?

We know that the needs of IoT and edge computing will only increase the dependence on cloud-based resources, yet security remains tailored to on-premises enterprise data centres. With SASE, end users and devices can authenticate and gain secure access to all the resources they need, protected by security located close to them. Once authenticated, they have direct access which helps minimise any latency issues.

The objective of any SASE deployment is to deliver as secure a network as possible, available from a mix of locations. The ultimate goal is to be a sustainable long-term solution that can support working from home or office on a level playing field, allowing for seamless access to the network from anywhere and from any device without compromising the integrity of network or data security.

In our new paper with Versa, we’ve outline some of the steps to get results with a SASE deployment:

Define your security and business objectives

If a SASE deployment is to be a success, then it needs clearly defined objectives from the start. Without considering in detail what you want SASE to achieve, you might be on track for disappointment.

Understand your perimeter

A SASE deployment is all about enabling businesses to activate secure connectivity wherever it is needed. How well defined is your business and network perimeter?

Avoid short-term fixes

Organisations need to be planning for the long term and secure networks must be central to that process. We’re well beyond the early days of the pandemic when network technology rose to the challenge of keeping huge numbers of remote workers connected and operational.

To delve into these areas deeper, as well as find out how you can avoid a piecemeal approach to security, download our new SASE paper, in partnership with Versa.

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