Secure Access Service Edge Platforms
Best Secure Access Service Edge Platforms include:
What is Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Software?
Secure access service edge software, often referred to as SASE, is a cybersecurity offering that encompasses enterprises’ security across all edges. In doing so, SASE platforms are unifying networking, via an SD-WAN foundation, with a range of security features placed as close to the end-user as possible without existing on the end-user’s device. SASE platforms are designed for global organizations and enterprises.
There are some core differences between SASE offerings and traditional enterprise security tools. For instance, SASE should:
Have a cloud-native architecture, in contrast with on-premise or virtual machine-based technology
Be globally distributed, in order to place the security measures as close to the end-user’s access point as possible
Be entity-focused, rather than perimeter-focused. This is a conceptual approach to securing an organization’s edges that better adapts to mobile-first and IoT environments that are becoming commonplace.
Be a unified, single-pass platform, rather than a collection of point solutions or acquired products merged into a SASE-esque offering. A singular architecture is crucial to maintaining network performance without sacrificing security.
SASE is based on 2 core areas-- networking and edge security. Networking is managed via an SD-WAN capability, which can be native to the SASE platform or integrated as a 3rd-party offering.
On top of this SD-WAN functionality, SASE products provide a range of security features placed globally. SASE products should include most or all of these core security functions:
Next-Generation Firewall as a Service
Zero Trust policies for protection against external and internal threats
Secure web gateways
Cloud access security broker
Data Loss Prevention and data protection policies
SASE Platform Comparison
As a still-developing market, comparing existing or emerging SASE products may be challenging. Consider these factors when comparing products:
Architecture: How each vendor structures its SASE offering matters. Cloud-native, single-pass infrastructure provides crucial performance benefits compared to VM or on-premise products hosted in the cloud.
Networking vs. security legacy: most SASE providers have origins in either networking or security products. Their legacy and prior experience in each space can signal the depth and robustness of their features in each aspect of SASE. There are some vendors that have specialized in SASE offerings, these are still a minority.
Global distribution: SASE offerings should be globally distributed, but buyers should focus on the distribution of datacenters and access points where their end-users are. How well does each vendor cover the areas where your edges are actually found?
Pricing and licensing models are likely to change over time as the SASE market matures. SD-WAN-centric platforms may trend more towards pricing per bandwidth amount, while security-centric vendors are more likely to adopt pricing per entity, or location, per month.
McAfee's MVISION Unified Cloud Edge (UCE) protects data from device to cloud and prevents web-based and cloud-native threats that are invisible to the corporate network. It is a framework for implementing a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture and a safe way to accelerate…
Barracuda CloudGen WAN is designed to combine ease of use, full security, and cloud-native SD-WAN connectivity, to utilize Microsoft Global Network as a WAN backbone instead of MPLS or leased lines. Deployed directly from the Azure Marketplace, Barracuda CloudGen WAN is available…
Barracuda CloudGen Access (formerly Fyde, acquired by Barracuda November 2020) enables Zero Trust Access to apps and data from any device and location. Users can implement a software-defined perimeter to ensure security of cloud and SaaS applications and provide remote, conditional,…
Check Point’s Harmony Connect, bolstered with technology acquired with Odo Security in November 2020, is a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Solution, that unifies 11 different cloud security services, is built to prevent sophisticated cyber attacks, and is designed to improve the…
FortiSASE is a scalable cloud-delivered security as a service that enables flexible, anytime and anywhere secure access for work from anywhere users. Leveraging FortiOS and the Fortinet Security Fabric, FortiSASE aims to provide frictionless orchestration between cloud-delivered…
Prisma Access from Palo Alto Networks is designed for SASE to deliver the networking and security that organizations need in a purpose-built cloud-delivered infrastructure. Prisma Access uses a common cloud-based infrastructure that delivers protection from over 100+ locations around…
Secucloud boasts a proven SASE platform that combines a global private backbone, a network security stack, and support for cloud resources and mobile devices. Now from Aryaka (acquired May, 2021), Secucloud offers solutions for small business, homes, but also enterprises,including…