Posted on March 30, 2022
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One of the most significant security constructs over the past few years has been SASE (Secure Access Services Edge), introduced by Gartner in a 2019 report named “The Future of Network Security Is in the Cloud.” The report promoted the concept of a security platform that integrates the network connectivity and security technologies which organizations need to meet the cybersecurity challenges of a cloud-computing future. A more recent version of the SASE framework groups the technologies into two subcategories: SSE (Security Services Edge) includes the security technologies of SASE, and WAN Edge Services, the connectivity technologies of SASE platforms. The SASE concept has rapidly gained traction among large enterprises; over 90% are planning implementation or already in process.
Many midsize enterprises, however, have been slower to adopt SASE. A new report by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) explores the need for SASE-based security in the mid-market and identifies the key factors vendors and service providers need to consider in order to promote adoption among midsize enterprises.
Democratizing SASE for the Midsize Enterprise, written by ESG Senior Analyst John Grady, notes that midsize organizations want, and need, the same strong security capabilities and network performance that large enterprises hope to gain from SASE platforms. Unfortunately, midsize enterprises find a mismatch between the solutions available from large cybersecurity vendors and the realities they are faced with as smaller organizations. Specifically, midsize enterprises have very real budget constraints and limited bench strength in IT and security functional areas, both of which create barriers to adopting solutions designed for large enterprises with big teams to manage network architectures and large budgets for cybersecurity initiatives.
Given the unique challenges that smaller organizations face, key criteria highlighted by ESG as being particularly important in a SASE solution designed for midsized enterprises include:
Following a thorough evaluation of the SASE challenges midsize enterprises face, the ESG report evaluates Ericom’s ZTEdge SASE platform. ZTEdge, which was designed specifically with midsize enterprises in mind, is available either directly from Ericom as a SaaS solution or as a fully managed service via certified ZTEdge partner MSSPs. A comprehensive, flexible platform, ZTEdge cuts complexity, reduces cyber-risk, and improves performance for midsize enterprises, all at price point dramatically lower than alternative solutions. Key use cases supported by the platform include:
For more detail on how the ZTEdge platform aligns with the Gartner SASE and SSE security frameworks, visit the ZTEdge SASE webpage here. Download your free copy of the ESG report on Democratizing SASE for the Midsize Enterprise here.
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