What Is Security Service Edge (SSE)?
Security Service Edge (SSE), first introduced by Gartner in early 2021, is a single-vendor, cloud-centric converged solution that accelerates digital transformation by securing enterprise access to the web, cloud services, Software-as-a-Service, and private applications and is considered an essential component to building cloud and networking security capable of accommodating improved performance and growth.
According to Gartner, SSE is primarily delivered as a cloud-based service and may include a hybrid of on-premises or agent-based components. SSE cloud-based components and capabilities include:
- Access control
- Threat protection
- Data security
- Security monitoring
- Acceptable use control enforced by network-based and API-based integration
What’s the difference between SASE and SSE?
How to deploy and manage SASE?
There are two directions an enterprise can take to create an effective SASE solution:
- One-vendor approach. Assess and engage a single vendor offering which combines a WAN Edge Infrastructure and an SSE solution. Although this approach can satisfy the SASE requirements for an organization by simplifying operations, it may include giving up advanced security features that only an SSE vendor can provide. In the long run, the lack of advanced security features may end up being more costly if additional security vendor solutions need to be acquired to fill the gaps.
- Two-vendor approach. Assess and engage a two-vendor solution that provides a best-of-breed WAN Edge Infrastructure solution and SSE security solution converging CASB, SWG, ZTNA, RBI, and FWaaS components within an integrated offering. This two-vendor approach simplifies and streamlines system deployment, management, and maintenance long-term.
What are the benefits of SSE?
As the demands of a remote workforce and customer base have increased, enterprises have struggled with the challenge of reducing the complexity of their security strategy while improving security and user experience. Security Service Edge (SSE) consolidated technologies have proven effective in decreasing the complexity of endpoint protection while increasing cloud services security throughout an enterprise.
A complete SSE strategy offers enterprises a comprehensive set of security technologies that provide benefits to employees and stakeholders – on-site and remote:
- Direct, safe internet access to applications, tools, data, and resources from anywhere in the world, while reducing processing traffic for unauthorized access, data, risk, and threats, improving processing traffic for unauthorized access, data risk, and threats, eliminating the need to route traffic back through the datacenter
- Faster, secure, more efficient connectivity to web, cloud, and private apps when accessing application resources from any user, any device, anywhere
- Monitoring and tracking behavior of users accessing the network
- Threat defense within the cloud and from any web destination, detecting both cloud-native attacks and advanced malware
- Data protection through the internet, within the cloud, and moving from cloud-to-cloud
- Enabling secure Zero Trust access to data and applications based on user identity, context, and least privileged access