AT&T is adding a new product to its global, managed Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) portfolio. AT&T SASE with Cisco is a converged network and security management platform that contains software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) technology and security capabilities to connect and protect businesses. Expert policy design and configuration, as well as 24/7 network control, are all included in the full package. Organizations may boost cloud adoption with AT&T SASE with Cisco by providing efficient, highly secure, and dependable digital experiences.

Why is this important?

The requirements for business connectivity are evolving. Employees are connecting from more locations and devices, whether it’s to assist the remote workforce during a worldwide pandemic or to link and defend branch offices, labs, or manufacturing facilities. Expectations on experiences are rising and IT teams are pushed. Networks must be able to meet increased bandwidth demands, which are being driven mostly by new cloud applications and edge computing. Companies must also be able to track and protect sensitive data throughout the network while providing an excellent user experience.

Company must be able to innovate in this new mixed workplace. This implies allowing people to connect and collaborate at any time and from any location.

What makes this new SASE solution different?

AT&T and Cisco’s combined networking and security expertise offer a unique perspective, providing a future-ready, unified solution from a single source. AT&T SASE with Cisco allows for site-by-site network optimization and dynamic traffic routing over numerous wide area network connections. These features, when combined with unified security controls, enable businesses to cut the time and cost of provisioning, managing, and scaling new connections to meet business objectives.

Organizations can regulate access for any device connected to any network via centralised visibility. In businesses such as healthcare, this functionality is crucial for validating user access to patient data. The AT&T SASE with Cisco solution delivers accurate, identity-based permissions for every session to confirm the health of devices. For the hybrid workforce, AT&T SASE with Cisco enables highly secure, direct connectivity to the web and SaaS applications. Remote users get a quick, reliable path to the cloud for enhanced computing experiences thanks to performance improvements at the edge.

AT&T Cybersecurity Consulting provides professional services to assist customers in through the SASE process.

“While SASE continues to generate significant interest in the market, the nature of the initiative leaves many users wondering where to begin and which vendors to engage with. Choosing proven network and security technologies is a good start, but working with managed service providers, especially those offering strategy, design, and implementation services, can help organizations accelerate their adoption of SASE and ultimately reduce time to value,” said John Grady, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.

“As a leading MSSP and trusted advisor, it’s important to provide customers with a choice of managed SASE solutions to meet their unique needs. Through our collaboration with Cisco, we’re offering an integrated, modern solution that addresses the connectivity and security demands of a multi-cloud, network environment while enabling innovation,” said Rupesh Chokshi, VP, AT&T Cybersecurity.

“The shift to remote work has accelerated the need for SASE solutions, so that users and devices are secure anywhere they work. The AT&T SASE with Cisco offer will provide customers with an innovative way to gain seamless, secure access to any application, from any location in a way that is straightforward to procure, easy to set up, and simple to use and manage through a single cloud dashboard,” Shailaja Shankar, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Security Business Group.