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Why SASE should be viewed as an evolution, not revolution

The hype around secure access service edge (SASE) is palpable. But by taking a step back, security leaders can align an emerging trend to their long-term goals.

October 23, 2020 2 minute read

by Mike McGlynn, Tech Target Guest Contributor

It's hard to remember a security trend that has gained so much traction in such a short amount of time as SASE.

Gartner coined the term "secure access service edge" in August 2019 when it published The Future of Network Security Is in the Cloud. The report details how SASE is the natural evolution of two trends: network as a service and network security as a service.

While the introduction of SASE gave IT leaders plenty of food for thought, it seemed like it would take a while for business drivers to justify the major departure from traditional on-premises architectures. Then came COVID-19.

As IT departments around the world scrambled to enable a remote workforce, SASE seemed less of a future-state concept and more of a near-term fix for an unexpected use case. What was initially positioned as an evolution started to be repositioned as a revolution.

Considering SASE solely in the context of a remote workforce can lead to rushed decision-making. Instead, when IT leaders view SASE as an evolution, they can make security decisions that align to a long-term security strategy based on business drivers that existed long before COVID…

 

About the author
Mike McGlynn is vice president and general manager for global security at World Wide Technology, where he leads a team of senior security advisors and architects to drive security technologies and services sales across the company. Previously, he spent over 25 years at the National Security Agency as a technical director, where he won numerous honorary awards including the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service.
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