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Colt launches Colt SASE Gateway Solution!

Colt Technology Services strives to change the way the world works by harnessing the power of connectivity – taking what has always been in its DNA to enable customer success. With the release of its new Colt SASE Gateway solution, customers now have access to an integrated full Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solution that combines SD-WAN and SSE features.

The Colt Gateway solution is designed for global enterprise companies and is based on Versa SASE, which includes Versa Secure Web Gateway, a secure web access solution that offers organizations protection from malware and threats, and instant insight for policy management, and reduces end-user friction to access cloud-based applications securely.

Peter Coppens, Colt’s VP Product Portfolio, said: “Colt was one of the first to offer a true SD WAN service in Europe many years ago, and now we extend our offering further with the launch of a full SD WAN-integrated SASE solution, powered by Versa. It comes as a result of the changes in how people are working and accessing systems, combined with increasingly complex enterprise networks and rapidly changing security threats. We see our customers looking to move away from more traditional network security solutions to a SASE approach. This brings together networking and security to offer secure access for employees no matter where they are and how they’re accessing the company network.”

This initiative is in response to the growing popularity of hybrid working and cloud deployments, as well as increasing enterprise network complexity and a rapidly evolving security threat landscape, all of which indicate that enterprises can no longer rely on traditional solutions to keep their systems secure. As a result, they are increasingly considering using a SASE approach, which combines networking and security to provide dynamic, secure access for employees regardless of where they are or what device they are using to access the network.

Read more: Importance of SASE in 2022!

SASE in 2022!

Importance of SASE in 2022!

SASE also called secure access service edge is a cloud-based system that combines networking and cloud security features. It connects people, systems, and endpoints to applications and services worldwide in a safe manner. These are available as a cloud service and can be managed centrally to meet the demands of today’s dynamic operations.

SASE is unconcerned about where applications live:

Applications can be hosted on-premises, in the cloud (private or public), or as a SaaS offering. Centralized network access and authentication are not ideal for this wide distribution of applications. SASE’s distributed architecture makes it simple to conduct security functions close to the end-user while also simplifying application communication.

Centralized, dynamic, role-based policies streamline operations:

Regardless of their location, central control of security policies facilitates remote workers’ networking and security aspects. In essence, the network perimeter is the endpoint’s location, even if it is on a network that is not under the authority of the organization’s personnel. Security is implemented dynamically, with policies dependent on the connecting entity’s role.

Reduces Costs and Complexity:

A single software stack replaces appliance sprawl, lowering CAPEX and OPEX expenditures. Removing backhauled traffic flows lowers transport costs, improves data center aggregation, minimizes client-to-cloud latency, and streamlines communication network operations. By safeguarding DIA, SASE lowers the cost of private circuits and allows for more cost-effective transportation options. SASE enforces policies consistently, reducing IT complexity and pressure on IT workers. SASE’s SaaS model enables rapid expansion and technological advancements at a lower cost. SASE provides simple models to purchase, manage, and run, including per-user pricing. SASE provides client security on all devices and operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Linux, and BYOD.

Threat Prevention and Reducing Risk:

The SASE architecture allows application and resource masking, segmentation, and isolation with dispersed control and data planes. The SASE architecture provides comprehensive security at numerous points along the access chain. SASE supports inline encryption and decryption. It also includes risk profiling and evaluation depending on the user, device, and location (UEBA). The SASE fabric has security built-in, guaranteeing that all connections are verified and secured.

Increased and Optimized Performance:

SASE enhances performance and reduces latency by safeguarding DIA, resulting in a better user experience. Applying security measures in a single-pass parallel processing technique reduces latency and enhances application and network performance. By removing backhaul traffic flows, client-to-cloud latency is reduced. SASE’s cloud-native design is scalable flexibly to support WFA and rapid deployment. During peak demand periods, the distributed SASE architecture grows readily to meet traffic fluctuations and reduces delays to the user experience.

Reduced WAN costs:

The route component of SASE works similarly to SD-WAN. You should anticipate reducing or eliminating the requirement for more expensive MPLS and leased circuits in favor of VPN access over the public internet, lowering WAN expenditures. To make the WAN more efficient, WAN optimization technologies can be used. By utilizing cloud connectivity to large SaaS vendors, cloud-based SASE implementations may further optimize traffic flows. Typically, these connections are redundant and extremely dependable. Application availability may improve.

Read More: SASE in 2022!

SASE in 2022!

Secure access service edge (SASE) is a cloud-delivered solution that combines networking capabilities with cloud security functions. It securely links people, systems, and endpoints to applications and services anywhere in the world. These are offered as a cloud service and may be controlled centrally to accommodate today’s agile operations.

But why do organizations need it?

Traditional networks are designed based on location and perimeter. Firewalls and other security applications are often installed on the network perimeter between the organization’s network and the untrusted Internet. The dynamic nature of cloud-based services like Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and the rise of globally distributed customers and workforce make these location and perimeter-based architectures difficult to adapt. Multiple network and security point solutions, such as secure web gateways and firewalls become more complex resulting in a lack of interoperability.

Traditional Networks – Traditionally, networks are designed based on location and perimeter. Firewalls and similar security applications are installed between the organization’s network and the untrusted internet to secure these. However, the addition of dynamic cloud-based services like SaaS, and the widespread global distribution of customers and workforces pose a slight hurdle for perimeter-based architectures. The volume of network and end-point security solutions, such as web gateways and firewalls, accumulated to ensure complete safety often results in unnecessary complexities and a serious lack of interoperability. To serve the digital business today and in the future, large groups of remote IT architecture had to grow beyond traditional solutions, the way organizations inspected traffic and enforce policies had to improve, and business firms had to rethink how they would network and protect their offices, customers, and services against the changes that cloud and mobility brought about.

SASE is a new System – SASE puts network controls on the cloud edge (SASE Edge). Rather than configuring processes from networking hardware or layering cloud services that require separate setup and management, SASE facilitates network and security services to create a secure and transparent network edge enabling them to be configured across an entire network. Organizations can expand their network perimeter globally to any client or office by employing zero trust access policies on the edge of the cloud network (SASE Edge). SASE architecture is constructed on top of a worldwide network to make customers’ experiences seamless.

Some of the noteworthy features of SASE are:

Identity-Based and Zero-trust Network Security – SASE relies heavily on “zero-trust”, which means the elimination of the concept of trust even if they are already within an organization’s network’s perimeter. In this, a user’s identity is checked before they are granted access restricted to only the resources required. Secure access is the main component of SASE architecture, it is based on various parameters like IP address, time of the day, risk assessed, etc.

A Cloud-Based Service Model – Elasticity, adaptability, and maintenance – the advantages of a cloud-native architecture, are also applicable to SASE. By combining multiple point products into a single solution, to simplify network and security applications, organizations can lower the total costs of purchase and maintenance of network and security infrastructure.
Secure web gateways (SWG) filter inappropriate content from internet traffic, block unauthorized users’ activity and enforce security policies to avoid cyber-attacks. Firewall-as-a-Service (FWaaS) refers to firewalls included as a service in the cloud. FWaaS guards against cyber threats on cloud-based platforms is a suite of security features that includes IP address filtering, intrusion detection and prevention, and consistent monitoring of network traffic.

Software-Defined Wide-Area Network (SD-WAN) – SD-WAN can easily handle a variety of connections and route traffic over the most efficient path. It is designed to meet the evolving needs of enterprise networks brought on by the emergence of the cloud and the Internet. SD-WAN is used to connect to the cloud. SD-WAN is being adopted by businesses to link branch offices to their business network and to improve efficiency and user experience.

Comprehensive Cross-Functionality- Organizations can simplify their IT infrastructure by reducing the number of security products their IT team has to maintain. This results in the strengthening of security into a cloud-based security service. IT teams are freed from the tedious tasks of handling on-premises network infrastructure, which helps them devote expertise to business-specific issues. IT teams can use network and security integration simultaneously on a single platform to handle all functionality and policies. Cross-team coordination enhances overall service quality for an enterprise. SASE helps organizations to set, track, modify, and execute access policies in all locations, rather than managing different policies for separate locations.

One needs a network that just works constantly delivering smooth and reliable access to keep them safe. They are hence expected to be productive without compromising their experience. Users expect constant access to the resources since working from anywhere has become the norm. This is what a SASE structure promises, and is unquestionably a bright point for the future of security.