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Understanding SASE - The disruptor in cloud enterprise networking technology

What is SASE (Secure Access Service Edge)?


SASE (Secure Access Service Edge), pronounced as ‘sassy’ is a cloud-based IT model that bundles software-defined networking with network security functions and delivers them from a single service provider. SASE converges the functions of network and security point solutions into a unified, global cloud-native service. Global research and advisory firm Gartner first coined the term ‘SASE’ in 2019.



SASE combines various network security functions such as SWG, CASB, FWaaS and ZTNA with WAN capabilities such as SDWAN, to support the changing secure access needs of organisations. These capabilities are delivered primarily aaS and based upon the identity of the entity, real time context and security/compliance policies.


Essentially, SASE is a new package of technologies with the ability to identify sensitive data or malware & the ability to decrypt content at line speed, while having the continuous monitoring of sessions for risk and trust levels.


How does SASE help streamline my organisation’s network & security points?


SASE is the convergence of networking and security that optimises access performance, reduces operational complexity, and enhances security posture on a global scale. CATO SASE’s network solution, is based on a cloud-native and cloud-based architecture that’s distributed globally across many Points of Presence (PoPs); and supports all edges (WAN, cloud, mobile and IOT).


Organisations and businesses can easily connect physical locations, cloud resources, and mobile users to Cato SASE Cloud, and IT teams immediately benefit from the agility of a unified network and security service managed through a single, self-service console. Compared to traditional MPLS & network point solutions, CATO SASE streamlines and integrates security functions, at a fraction of the cost.