Cisco takes aim at supporting SASE

Cisco will upgrade and integrate access-control, networking and security products to address the goals of secure access service edge

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Cisco is embracing the secure-access service edge (SASE) architecture put forth by Gartner with plans to upgrade some of its existing products to reach the goal of delivering access control, security and networking to cloud services.

The enterprise shift to SASE will be gradual as they figure out the best way to connect their increasingly remote workforce to distributed resources delivered from corporate data centers and as cloud services, Cisco says.

“Flexibility will be fundamental as IT chooses among multiple security and networking capabilities that best fit their operations, regulatory requirements, and types of applications,” said Jeff Reed, senior vice president of product, Cisco’s Security Business Group in a blog post. “Security services can be predominantly delivered from the cloud to provide consistent access policies across all types of endpoints. However, globally distributed organizations may need to apply security and routing services differently according to regional requirements.”   

Reed stated that secure access and optimal performance are a must. “The rapid adoption of SD-WAN for connecting to multi-cloud applications provides enterprises with the opportunity to rethink how access and security are managed from campus to cloud to edge,” he stated. “With 60% of organizations expecting the majority of applications to be in the cloud by 2021 and over 50% of the workforce to be operating remotely, new networking and security models such SASE offer a new way to manage the new normal.”

According to Reed, the goal of SASE is to provide secure access to applications and data from on-premises data centers or cloud platforms, with access determined by identities that are defined by combinations of characteristics including individuals, groups, locations, devices, and services.

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