What is Security Service Edge?
Security Service Edge (SSE) is a collection of security functions based in the cloud. These functions — which could include secure web gateway (SWG), zero trust network access (ZTNA), firewall-as-a-service technologies, and cloud access security broker (CASB) — help manage secure access to websites and apps from anywhere users are accessing them.
Gartner introduced SSE in 2021, and defined it as a group of technologies that secure access to the web, cloud services and private applications. Capabilities of SSE listed by Gartner include threat protection, data security, access control, security monitoring, and acceptable-use control enforced by network-based and API-based integration.
How SSE helps an evolving workplace
New challenges are surfacing for IT and security teams as workforces become increasingly distributed. As more and more users connect to company networks from anywhere that has an internet connection, more data is being trafficked outside of traditional on-premise data centers, creating security gaps that legacy network architectures aren’t built to handle.
Through its features and technologies, SSE can protect your organization from cybersecurity threats, can scale easily, and can reduce complexity — no matter where employees log in.
Key features & benefits of SSE
- Simplify adoption and deployment of security policies
- Bypass VPNs, increasing security and reducing unauthorized access
- Protect all users from ransomware and other types of advanced malware
- Monitor and track users across your network
- Provide fast and dependable connectivity to the web, the cloud, and private apps
What’s the difference between SASE and SSE?
In 2019, Gartner coined a term that’s taken the IT and security landscape by storm — Secure Access Service Edge (SASE). SASE is the broader convergence of both security and networking capabilities into one single cloud-delivered service. Think of SSE as SASE, minus the network component.
A commonly asked question is whether an organization should deploy SSE or move towards a full SASE deployment. The answer may vary by each organization’s own unique needs.
However, when the additional security features of SSE are paired with the enhanced connectivity features of SASE, your organization gets a truly holistic solution that keeps you protected from threats while boosting network performance.
A full SASE solution makes it easier than ever to scale up or down an increasingly distributed workforce. While moving towards SSE may be a first step, journeying beyond SSE to include the network component may be in the best interest of organizations in a hybrid world.
Getting started: Cisco Umbrella and SSE
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