What is SSE?
In 2021, Gartner introduced the Security Service Edge (SSE). SSE converges secure application access functions including SWG, ZTNA and CASB/DLP, into a single cloud service. SSE enables enterprises to move away from rigid, disjointed IT architecture to a converged security platform delivered as a cloud-native service. With SSE, enterprise IT can rapidly address new business and security requirements such as cloud migration, adoption of public cloud applications, and work from anywhere. SSE’s converged architecture reduces cost and complexity with simple management through a single pane of glass, self-healing infrastructure, and automatically evolving defenses that seamlessly mitigate emerging threats.
What is the difference between security point solutions and SSE?
Traditionally, enterprise IT built a security stack featuring multiple point solutions and legacy appliances. Enterprises are increasingly slow to adapt to ever-changing business and technical requirements and the evolving threat landscape. This is compounded by scarcity of cybersecurity skills, limited resources and budgets, and the high cost of outsourced support.
What is the difference between traditional SSE providers and Cato SSE 360?
Traditional SSE solutions are based on a web proxy architecture that supports access to web sites and SaaS applications. To enable ZTNA for all applications, transitional SSE vendors had to introduce yet another architecture of application connectors. Even with that extension traffic generated by enterprise edges like IoT, app-to-app traffic, and most WAN traffic remain outside the scope of SSE.
Cato SSE 360 is built on the Cato Single Pass Cloud Engine architecture to provide total visibility, optimization, and control of all traffic (WAN, Internet, and Cloud) and across all edges (users, locations, applications, and clouds). Cato SSE 360 optimizes global access using a global private backbone with built-in traffic acceleration that outperforms the unpredictable public Interent. Lastly, Cato offers a seamless path to full SASE transformation by expanding the deployment to include Cato Socket Edge SD-WAN devices.
Why is SSE important?
SSE is a first step in achieving security-driven transformation, by converging secure, consistent access to all applications for all users. SSE, that is part of a single vendor SASE platform, keeps the path open for a full SASE transformation at a later stage, with converged SD-WAN and WAN optimization. The deeper the IT convergence, the more an enterprise enjoys the benefits of increased visibility, lower cost, greater operations savings and added business agility.
What is the relationship between SSE and SASE?
Two years after introducing SASE (Secure Access Service Edge), Gartner introduced SSE (Security Service Edge.) SASE converges SD-WAN and cloud-native security (FWaaS, CASB, SWG and ZTNA,) into a single cloud service. SSE defines a more limited scope of converged network security functions, consisting of SWG, CASB / DLP and ZTNA. SSE is focused on providing secure access to applications, without addressing end-to-end optimized network connectivity and east-west WAN security.