By Salah Nassar, Vice President of Marketing, CipherCloud
When it comes to any new concept, especially in the technology space, the best starting point is to clearly understand the purpose, then to peel the layers of how the tech attempts to solve for this said purpose. In this case, Gartner has recently introduced a new cloud architecture, Secure Access Service Edge (SASE). Pronounced ‘sassy’, it is as bold as its name in spirit.
Let’s first understand SASE, from my perspective of course.
SASE is the future of cloud architecture, solving the complexity of siloed security measures that are currently divided between on-premises security and cloud security. While this concept is not new, until SASE, the closest architecture that discussed continuity between on-premises security and cloud has been the Zero Trust Framework by Forrester. The difference with SASE is it proposes an architecture that we can see taking shape today. Starting with Cloud Access Security Brokers, Software-Defined WANs, Virtual Private Networks as a Service, Firewalls as a Service, Secure Web Gateways, Cloud DNS Services, and Software Defined Perimeter solutions, it is clear we are in a cloud first security environment. The only on-premises solutions left are either for unique security measures that are industry specific, i.e. governments, and very large organizations that require hybrid deployment for the foreseeable future.
The future of cloud security is SASE
So how does SASE plan to solve for this? Gartner predicts that by 2024, 40% of organizations will have explicit strategies to adopt SASE. This is not far fetched as we see this taking shape today in CASB. CipherCloud CASB+ over the last couple of years has expanded to not only solve for information protection with cloud DLP, cloud encryption, data classification, data rights management, but has expanded to user behavior analytics, advanced access controls, secure application access (SDP alternative), threat protection, and multiple deployment models with API, reverse-proxy, and forward proxy. CASB has also expanded in foundational functionality and turned into a true cloud platform that integrates with existing enterprise infrastructure such as on-premises DLP, supporting IaaS apps and posture management, and deep SIEM integrations.
As the cloud security market matures over the next 3-5 years, the best approach to solve cloud security and support digital transformation initiatives is to choose the best of breed products. Focus on acquiring best of breed CASB (you can view the Gartner Critical Capabilities report here) and best of breed solution for the given area of need.
Best of breed cloud security
A few weeks ago, we posted a blog announcing our partnership with Cloudflare. It is a quick read but offers a lot more detail. The reality is, CipherCloud and CloudFlare are best-of-breed in their respective categories.
CipherCloud CASB+ provides end-to-end security protection for all SaaS and IaaS apps that organizations are looking to secure in terms of information protection, threat protection, access controls, risk analysis, achieving compliance, and posture management among other things. CipherCloud has empowered organizations to implement a more powerful security solution than legacy data center security. Read more about CipherCloud CASB+ security here.
A major problem many organizations must solve is the connection between the HQ, Branch, or road warrior to the SaaS or IaaS applications. This gap that is typically depicted by an image of the cloud or internet, is where CloudFlare comes in. CloudFlare not only addresses this security gap, but they also provide full connection optimization, deep tunnel security and protection.
The combination of our products provides a solid foundation for organizations looking to adopt SASE. CipherCloud protects SaaS and IaaS for organizations with hundreds of thousands of endpoints and employees. Combined with CloudFlare, organizations can solve for some of the most pressing security, compliance and performance associated with cloud migrations and connectivity.