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SASE Paves The Way For Accelerating Digital Transformation Efforts

Where is the “edge” of your network? In a world where applications and data live in the cloud, and where many companies are currently functioning with a 100% remote workforce connecting to company networks and assets from personal devices on home networks, how do you determine what is “inside” and what is “outside” of your network? As organizations move forward with digital transformation and the traditional network perimeter erodes further, SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) strives to address the challenge of providing cybersecurity and protecting data.

Bill Owens, former governor of Colorado, summed it up, “We know that, when it comes to technology and the economy, if you’re not constantly moving forward, then—without a doubt—you’re moving backwards.” Understanding that basic principle is crucial for any business to remain competitive, but what is just as important is ensuring that your cybersecurity and data protection efforts adapt as well to provide the security you need as your network environment evolves.

The topic of SASE and delivering cybersecurity amid digital transformation was the focus of the SASE CyberSummit. It was a virtual conference hosted by Forcepoint to highlight the value of SASE and make the case for the future of cloud-powered cybersecurity.

Myrna Soto, Chief Strategy and Trust Officer for Forcepoint, closed out the SASE CyberSummit—bringing attention to the challenges organizations face and the issues they need to consider, and providing attendees with a call to action to ensure their cybersecurity efforts keep pace with their digital transformation efforts.

Myrna stressed that connecting seamlessly is essential for digital transformation and highlighted the importance of trust. She reiterated that the traditional concept of a network perimeter is no longer valid and emphasized to the audience that the people are the new perimeter. Humans are the front line when it comes to cybersecurity, and they are the number one attack vector.

In today’s world, every single employee and user is a variable unto themselves—a factor that affects cybersecurity and is constantly changing. This shift in focus to a human-centric cybersecurity strategy underscores the importance of analyzing user behavior and being able to identify and detect anomalous or suspicious behavior. Myrna described this approach to SASE as behavior-defined networks.

She explained to the SASE CyberSummit audience that SASE is about true convergence of security capabilities onto a platform that is cloud native. The spike in employees working from home in response to COVID-19 quarantine efforts has dramatically expanded and accelerated the need for cybersecurity solutions that can be deployed and managed from the cloud, and that can scale to meet surges in demand.

Myrna wrapped up noting that organizations cannot settle for static cybersecurity solutions. There is nothing static about the threat landscape, which is why there is a core need for adaptive and dynamic technologies. Recognizing that humans are the network perimeter and employing SASE solutions capable of monitoring user behavior and dynamically adapting protection based on context and intent is crucial for driving productivity without sacrificing security.

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