Is SASE and Web/Mobile Web Browser Isolation the Solution for Securing the New Enterprise Edge?

March 10, 2021

By Matthew Vulpis, Content Contributor

SASE is the convergence of WAN (wide area networking) and Network Security Services into a single, cloud-delivered service model, a major concept rolled out by Gartner (News - Alert) in 2019 and tested in 2020 when the global pandemic made the protection and management of enterprise edge and assets more challenging than ever.

The Secure Access Service Edge or SASE was originally described in the August 2019 report, “The Future of Network Security.” Since then, the concept has taken off and has influenced the direction of nearly every cybersecurity vendor in the market today.

Standard networking and security solutions struggle to fully support today’s mobile-first and cloud-centric digital enterprises, which became increasingly mission-critical as so many millions were forced to work remotely in 2020 due to the global pandemic.

Because a SASE platform delivered over a distributed cloud framework provides security features for all endpoints, users, and edges, there is more granularity – and more visibility into every endpoint, including smartphones (which have been targeted heavily by adversaries over the last twelve months including a dramatic rise of phishing campaigns).

A solid SASE solution enables enterprises to manage network and security policies through a single console, making it easier and more efficient for IT teams and managed service providers to orchestrate, manage, and troubleshoot.

We caught up with Osman Erkan, Founder & CEO of Isoolate, a cloud-based service provider protecting users from the web and SaaS (News - Alert) application content-borne threats, phishing attacks, and more with embedded SWG and remote browser isolation technologies. Using embedded control on the end-users device, this web threat protection solution sends risky or unknown URLs to cloud isolation so users can view websites without being drawn into clicking on nefarious links. With URL filtering, the solution also allows cybersecurity teams to apply enterprise policies to work from home users and discrete offices while also controlling uploads and downloads at work from home and office locations and controlling access to multi-cloud resources.

“With Isoolate, accessing to remote browser isolation technologies is a straightforward, affordable, and very effective way for enterprise IT and security teams to monitor and manage security policies to protect against phishing and other attacks,” Erkan said. “What we appreciate about the SASE model is that it supports innovation and ecosystem solutions like ours, so our clients can effortlessly connect and manage physical locations, cloud resources, digital assets, and mobile via a SASE framework.”

Like Isoolate, SASE embraces a Zero Trust approach: complete session protection while removing trust assumptions in cloud deployments. “While our service is straightforward to implement across any number of enterprise edge architectures, SASE cloud architectures make any app, resource, or other digital services is available to users easily, globally while also protecting the organization. With a secure access service edge, security stacks suddenly are so much easier to manage, update and maintain. SASE also enables our clients to easily deploy, integrate, and manage new endpoints, applications, and services in an efficient and secure framework, making it a perfect architecture for solutions from Isoolate.”

By 2024, Gartner says 40% of companies will look to adopt SASE.   

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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