Jamison Cush, Senior Executive Editor, Learning Content at TechTarget

Pros and Cons of SASE (Secure Access Service Edge)

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Start here for a break down of SASE pros and cons.

As more and more organizations turn to SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) for bundling networking and security, TechTarget’s Jamison Cush lays out the risks and benefits of this relatively new cloud architecture model. 

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You’ll learn

  • The benefits of SASE, including enhanced network security 

  • SASE drawbacks and challenges, including single point of failure 

  • What not to do when implementing SASE 

Who is this for?

Security Professionals Business Leaders


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Jamison Cush
Senior Executive Editor, Learning Content at TechTarget


0:00 Jamison Cush: SASE is the networking and security

0:01 buzzword of the year. Let's look at the pros and

0:03 cons. Secure Access service edge or SASE. It's a

0:12 relatively new approach to networking insecurity

0:14 that organizations are turning to as remote work

0:17 demands increase. We'll talk about SASE pros and

0:20 cons in this video. And once you're up to speed,

0:22 you can click on the link above to learn what not

0:25 to do when implementing it. SASE is a cloud

0:30 architecture model that bundles network and

0:32 security as a service functions together into one

0:34 cloud service, alleviating security burdens on the

0:37 data center. Benefits of SASE include enhanced

0:41 network security, protecting data from malicious

0:43 traffic, spoofing, and man in the middle attacks.

0:47 A distributed architecture allowing apps to live

0:49 anywhere, including any public cloud, corporate

0:52 data center or software as a service offering

0:55 without sacrificing security or performance,

0:58 centralized management, efficiently routing

1:00 network traffic and improving latency. Role based

1:03 policies with security dynamically applied based

1:06 on the role of the entity trying to gain network

1:08 access. Integrated Security and routing offering

1:12 simpler deployment and lowered LAN costs reducing

1:15 or eliminating expensive circuits in favor of VPN

1:18 connectivity over the internet. As with all

1:21 technologies, SASE has its share of drawbacks and

1:24 limitations. some challenges include, an IT

1:27 culture change, networking and security teams are

1:30 traditionally siloed with competing interests, and

1:33 may have to start working together. Market

1:37 confusion around SASE, many vendors claim they

1:40 offer sassy architecture when it's not the

1:42 complete picture. No more multi sourcing from

1:45 vendors. Traditionally, enterprises prefer to pick

1:48 and choose functions from different vendors. But

1:51 the idealistic SASE model uses a single vendor

1:54 losing some customizations and increasing vendor

1:57 risk. And single point of failure, risking entire

2:01 system shutdowns if the provider has a technical

2:03 issue. So what do you think are the risks worth

2:06 the convenience and flexibility? Share your

2:08 thoughts in the comments below and be sure to hit

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