target audience: TECH BUYER  Publication date: Feb 2024 - Document type: IDC Perspective - Doc  Document number: # US51766024

What It Takes to Have a Successful SASE Adoption


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This IDC Perspective discusses the secure access service edge (SASE), a rapidly growing security practice that integrates networking technologies and network security technologies into a unified cloud service. It highlights the benefits of SASE including reduced complexity, consistent threat prevention, and enhanced observability for detecting sophisticated threats.

This document also provides advice for technology buyers considering SASE, emphasizing the importance of conducting a thorough risk assessment, regularly reviewing, and optimizing the platform, as well as carefully choosing a provider to avoid financial burdens and management hassles. The traditional MPLS-heavy, hub-and-spoke network architecture fails to meet the growing demands of a digital-first enterprise. At the same time, the security team struggles with complexities, tool sprawl, and low efficacy.

"While SASE promises tremendous technical and business benefits, it is useful to consider a managed SASE services option that has the right technology, process, and expertise," said Cathy Huang, research director, Worldwide Security Services at IDC. "An experienced managed SASE services provider helps to keep companies aware and on top of their performance and business metrics."


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