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Five Key Takeaways from SASEDay 21

By Woodrow Mosqueda | July 22, 2021 at 5:00 AM
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We want to thank all the participants and industry experts who joined us for SASEDay last week! As we reflect on the insights and best practices shared by our speakers and panelists, there are many considerations for security leaders to keep in mind when pursuing their Zero Trust Digital Transformation objectives. Let’s take a deep dive into some key takeaways from our SASEDay discussions.

  • Zero Trust Digital Transformation is a key enabler to business growth

Zero Trust Digital Transformation objectives have accelerated with the continued migration of the cloud, rapid rollout of BYOD initiatives and introduction of hybrid work. To fully embrace these initiatives, enterprises must eliminate their legacy network architectures and replace them with Zero Trust-focused solutions. This will enable a secure customer and employee experience, while saving considerable amounts of money in a short time period.

  • BYOD usage is accelerating but security and privacy concerns remain

Almost half of organizations have experienced a significant increase in BYOD use as a result of the remote work shift, and it’s clear this initiative is here to stay. Despite its widespread benefits, such as flexibility to work from anywhere, this trend is challenging security measures designed for traditional endpoints. The best approach to securing BYOD is to ensure security transparency and deploy agentless, automated solutions that seamlessly integrate security functions, while respecting user privacy.

  • Data protection and cyber threats are top of mind for CEOs

Ransomware, phishing, insider threats and other forms of cyber attack are an extreme risk to data privacy. Cyber threats now rank as the second top CEO concern in 2021, up from its ranking as fourth, prior to the pandemic. For complete data and threat protection, organizations must thwart data exfiltration and block the proliferation of threats by minimizing their attack surface.

  • CASB, SWG and ZTNA have officially converged

Traditional security solutions built for well-defined enterprise perimeters are no longer capable of securing the hybrid workforce. As a result, companies will seek a single, comprehensive platform that integrates various critical security capabilities. Gartner projects that by 2023, 20% of enterprises will have adopted SWG, CASB, ZTNA and branch FWaaS capabilities from the same vendor, up from 5% in 2019.

  • Identity and Zero Trust go hand-in-hand

Identity and Zero Trust are two key pillars of modern enterprise security architectures and are undeniably interlinked. Identity has become the foundation of Zero Trust’s core principle, “never trust, always verify,” as security now revolves around the users that are accessing a network and the access controls placed on those users. Without identity and access management capabilities, like MFA, to authenticate users’ identities, a Zero Trust framework cannot succeed.

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