Security Integration Is Key to Effectively Enforcing Zero Trust Security Policies
Like VPNs, firewalls, and Intrusion Prevention solutions, there are point solutions for ZTNA on the market. In fact, many networks today are configured with an array of standalone security and remote access solutions. This lack of product integration is a real drawback for a number of reasons. First, it increases the probability of misconfigurations and inconsistent security policies. Second, it increases network latency as traffic must be inspected separately by each device. And finally, the lack of integration makes holistic threat detection all but impossible, as each appliance has its own data in its own format. Even if that data is aggregated by a SIEM, there is considerable work to normalize data and correlate events in time to stop threats before they can do their damage.
In addition, Zero Trust is only one part of a remote access solution. There are performance and ongoing security issues that aren’t addressed by ZTNA standalone offerings. This is where having ZTNA fully integrated into a SASE solution is most beneficial.
SASE converges Zero Trust Network Access, NGFW, and other security services along with network services such as SD-WAN, WAN optimization, and bandwidth aggregation into a cloud-native platform. This means that enterprises that leverage SASE architecture receive the benefits of Zero Trust Network Access, plus a full suite of converged network and security solutions that is both simple to manage and highly-scalable. The Cato SASE solution provides all this in a cloud-native platform.