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Top 8 Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Tools

Cisco UmbrellaVMware SD-WANNetskope CASBPrisma Access by Palo Alto NetworksVersa FlexVNFBitglassCato NetworksMcAfee MVISION Cloud
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    There is much differentiation within the licensing so if anyone wants DNS security from the DNS security log, we are there already, and if anyone wants to go to a secure internet gateway, that is also available. We can get the integrated cloud DLP license keys. That is a good benefit with Cisco Umbrella. You can get a complete solution in a single licensing.
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    VMware has been chosen by many of our customers who do not want to do a lot of complex routing in their environment and want a very easy-to-use solution. The most valuable features are simple troubleshooting, Dynamic Multipath Optimization (DMPO), and cybersecurity.
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  4. The client size and architectural components in Netskope are far better than other solutions.I have found the most useful features to be the Web Secure Gateway, CASB, infrastructural service scanning, and Zero Trust.
  5. Security is absolutely spot-on, really top-notch. It's the result of all the components that come together, such as the HIP [Host Information Profile] and components like Forcepoint, providing end-user content inspection, and antivirus. It incorporates DLP features and that's fantastic because Prisma Access makes sure that all of the essential prerequisites are in place before a user can log in or can be tunneled into.
  6. The solution is stable and suitable. The flexibility is a great feature.
  7. The solution’s AJAX-VM provides constant reverse proxy uptime. It has been very positive for our security operations. When people are trying to access the SaaS solution, it protects us from downloading any of that data and experiencing any type of attacks
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  9. I haven't had any trouble, and practically forget that I'm using it. The scalability is quite good.
  10. Overall, the performance is good.It's an easy-to-use product.

Main Characteristics of the SASE Security Model

The SASE model has four main characteristics:


1. Identity-driven.  The networking experience and the level of access are determined by the identity of the actual user and the resource, rather than simply by an IP address. The identity associated with the network connection drives the quality of service, the route selection, and the application risk-driven security controls. This approach allows companies to develop one set of security and networking policies for users regardless of location or device. This ultimately reduces operational overhead.

2. Cloud-native architecture. The architecture of SASE leverages key cloud capabilities, including adaptability, elasticity, self-maintenance, and self-healing, to provide a platform that is efficient, adaptable, and available anywhere.

3. Supports all edges. SASE creates one network for all of the company’s resources. For example, physical edges are supported by SD-WAN appliances while users on the go are connected through mobile clients and clientless browser access.

4. Globally distributed. The SASE cloud must be globally distributed in order to ensure the full security and networking capabilities are available everywhere and the best possible experience is delivered to all edges.

SASE Benefits

Benefits of the SASE security model include:

  • Price: Instead of paying for multiple products, combining them into a single platform will reduce your costs as well as IT resources.
  • Flexibility: Cloud-based infrastructure offers services such as web filtering, threat prevention, sandboxing, data loss prevention, credential theft prevention, DNS security, and next-generation firewall policies.
  • Better performance: Cloud infrastructure allows you to easily connect to anywhere resources are located.
  • Simplification: Minimizing the amount of security products your IT team needs to manage, update and maintain, will simplify your IT infrastructure, as will centralizing your security stack into a security service model that is cloud-based.
  • Zero Trust: A SASE solution provides complete session protection, regardless of where users are connecting from.
  • Data protection: Instituting data protection policies within a SASE framework helps to prevent abuse of sensitive data and/or unauthorized access.
  • Threat prevention: A SASE solution provides more security and visibility.

SASE Challenges

1. The security, networking, and systems teams are fully siloed.

In this case, the network team manages and operates an SD-WAN with other network-centric systems, such as DDiS mitigation, DNS protection, and CDNs, to protect it. A remote site has one or more tunnels under the control of the network team, and then the security team has its own tunnels through which it manages the security portion. Therefore, multiple vendors are needed and as a result, additional money will have to be spent.

2. The security, networking, and systems teams are siloed but have agreed to manage a common infrastructure.

In this case, a uCPE (universal customer premises equipment) device at the remote site maintains role-based access control, enabling the cybersecurity and network teams to each manage their respective parts of a service that is integrated. This can get complicated at times, but at least saves money because only one vendor is required.

3. Choosing products.

If your IT teams will remain fully siloed, you will need at least two products: one (or more) for security and another one (or more) for networking. However, if your IT teams are siloed but agree to manage a common infrastructure, then these services can be combined into a single product.

4. Choosing NaaS (network as a service).

Some executives are looking at the possibility of an end-to-end service so that they don’t have to manage their WANs at all. In this NaaS model, the enterprise and the vendor’s client portal interface to set policies.

5. Integration and Interoperability.

Due to its scope, it is important that providers have features that are well-integrated, not ones that are cobbled together from pre-existing standalone point products. SASE endpoint agents need to be able to integrate with other agents to simplify deployments, with different kinds of cloud gateways, and with various kinds of proxies that are required in the overall solution.

6. Avoid DIY Solutions.

Rather than stringing together appliances and services on an ad hoc basis, it is preferable to adopt a true SASE solution that is provided by one or two vendors. This can prevent such issues as high latency, insufficient performance at scale, and a lack of control, network visibility, and necessary administrative tools. that cobble together a disjointed set of single-purpose appliances or services are destined to result in a solution with undesirable attributes. A well-engineered SASE solution should deliver simplicity, flexibility, and security that you wouldn’t otherwise have.

How Secure is SASE?

SASE is secured end-to-end and all communication across the platform is encrypted. Threat prevention capabilities such as firewalling, decryption, IPS, URL filtering and anti-malware are natively integrated into SASE and are also globally available to all connected edges.

What does it mean that SASE is on the “Edge”?

Edge computing is a framework of computing that is done closer to the source of the data (such as local edge service or internet of things devices.) Proximity of applications to the source of the data can offer faster insights, better bandwidth availability, and improved response times. Latency is reduced because the data does not have to travel to a cloud or a data center to be processed. Edge computing enables more comprehensive and faster data analysis, which creates an opportunity for deeper insights and an overall improved customer experience.


SASE - Secure Access Server Edge - is a framework in which security and networking functions work together at the cloud edge to maximize both protection and performance.

What is the difference between point solutions (SD-WAN, NGFW, SWG, VPN) and SASE?

Point solutions address specific requirements for networking and security. Buying, sizing, scaling, and maintaining each of these solutions separately can get complicated, not to mention costly. SASE is a simplified, unified alternative to these solutions that replaces physical and virtual point solutions with a globally distributed cloud service that is cost-effective, agile, and scalable. SASE performs all of the functions that point solutions do - and more - and offers better visibility, easier orchestration, and proactive threat detection. Using a software stack in the cloud, it runs multiple security functions simultaneously in multiple engines.

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What is the difference between SASE and SD-WAN?

A software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) is a virtual WAN architecture that uses software to control the connectivity, the management and the services between data centers and cloud instances or remote branches.


SASE combines security functionalities with an SD-WAN approach into one cloud-based service. Both SASE uses features that were already found in SD-WAN, such as traffic prioritization and bandwidth optimization. However, in an SD-WAN, the features are executed by virtualized devices that are spread throughout the WAN. In SASE, on the other hand, the networking decisions are made by the cloud or by a security agent on an end user’s device.

One way SASE differs from SD-WAN is in how it inspects network traffic. While SD-WAN uses service-chained point solutions, SASE runs all of the security functions at once in a single cloud-native software stack made up of multiple policy engines. And since the engines are all from the same vendor, there is less downtime since the data does not have to be sent back and forth between products.

What is the difference between SASE and CASB?

A CASB (cloud access security broker) acts as an intermediary between users and cloud service providers. It can address gaps in security across SaaS (software-as-a-service), PaaS (platform-as-a-service), and IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) environments. CASB extends some of the protections used for a traditional perimeter-focused security model to cloud-based deployment.

The fundamental difference between SASE and CASB is the amount of security integration each one provides and the assets that each one can protect. While CASB secures SaaS applications and can be added on to a security stack the organization is already using, SASE offers a fully-integrated WAN networking and security solution connecting branch offices and remote users to the Internet and to cloud and corporate applications.

SASE provides a security stack that is fully integrated and that includes the security features that CASB includes, as well as incorporating SD-WAN, next-generation firewalls (NGFW), and more. The integration and optimization that SASE provide will generally simplify security and maximize the efficiency of your security team. However, it may be easier to slot a standalone CASB solution into your organization’s existing security architecture.

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