SASE Edge a Security Architecture For the Cloud

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SASE Edge a Security Architecture to Secure the Cloud

The cloud is a growing part of many companies’ technology strategies. There are many benefits for government, business, and consumers, and it is here to stay. At the end day, when taking away all the fancy apps, applications, resources, and services, the cloud contains personal information and is deployed and supported by an outside organization. Considering the advancements in cybercriminals and the technologies they are using, Cloud Security is essential right now. Numerous cloud providers offer various cloud services while deploying different methodologies to secure their environments while connected to the open internet. Internet security is a big issue in the world today. Everyone is concerned with how they can protect their data from being stolen. The biggest challenge for any cloud environment is directly connected to the internet, which did not incorporate security into its design. Threats to the cloud can come from inside the cloud or from outsiders trying to get in. What most people don’t realize is that cybercriminals have 24/7 to carry out their attacks.

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While organizations utilize various methodologies to secure their cloud environment, they are still basing their security architecture on a fundamental flaw in their design. They add additional firewalls, VPNs, and SD-WAN to protect the cloud while keeping the novice hacker out. CIOs finally realize they can not keep everyone off their network. Since network security does not guarantee that IP routing information, and other identifiable content, are protected from a compromised system, the cloud becomes another endpoint on the corporate network. Nefarious actors who have compromised the corporate network can find the cloud by targeting its IP endpoint. At the same time, other cybercriminals are conducting 24/7 barrages of various attacks, like port sniffing, distributed denial of service (DDOS) Man in the Middle, amongst a few.

Sase Edge

Gartner SASE Edge Architecture provides a standard way to secure the edge of the cloud.

While a CSO is concerned about where their next potential breach is coming from, technology can help protect any Cloud Edge they may support. The first step down the path to secure any cloud environment is introducing the SASE Edge, which stands for Secure Access Service Edge. While a SASE is not a new concept, Gartner has developed standards for organizations to adopt and measure their Cloud Edge Security deployments’ success. Industry adoption of the SASE could not have come at a better time since COVID has escalated the fallacies in today’s existing security architecture. More than half of the workforce and electronic communication are operating outside of the organization’s firewall and control domain. Organizations realized very quickly that the traditional VPN could not maintain tight controls over the environment they have no control over. Now Organizations have a better understanding of their capabilities and deployment strategies.

A Software Defined Perimeter Gateway Broker’s communication directly to its authorized resource

IN ESSENCE, the SASE security secure communication gateway or broker verifies and validates identity and ensures information flow directly to its authorized resources. Proper deployment of Zero Trust Network Access or enhancing the endpoint with a Software-Defined Perimeter or SDP hides the attack surface. It prevents compromised users or systems from exploring past the local network adaptor of the assigned resource. This approach not only inoculates any infected system from spreading throughout the network.

Software Defined Perimeter deployed on the cloud’s edge removes the attack surface, thereby making the cloud invisible to only trusted connections.

There are several benefits to an organization. First, they can altogether remove the cloud’s attack surface, meaning hackers cannot attack what they cannot see. Additionally, by creating policy and procedures, IT staff can rapidly deploy both identity and perimeter security through software at agile speeds anywhere they require it around the world over any hostile network, far outside their domain and beyond their firewalls. Both the user and devices authorized to connect to a cloud resource are validated and authenticated before it ever connects past the SASE Gateway. The same approach can be deployed in a multi-cloud environment and protect other types of compute edge activity.

Enforcing Policy and Procedures is a critical component of protecting the Cloud Edge.

Organizations can establish their security standards through policies and procedures. Each gateway provides a standardized process that provides the most flexible deployment options. CSO can deliver security through the software over any existing environment at agile speeds. A nice benefit from this approach is that an organization does not have to rip or replace existing technology or impact their business operations.

Aerobyte’s Zero Trust SDP Gateway will inoculate infected systems from the most recent Solar Winds attack.

Applying this methodology to protect systems devastated organizations who have fallen victim to the most recent solar winds attack allows CIOs to take back control over their security infrastructure’s integrity. A SASE Edge can be redeployed for a variety of use cases. Several vendors offer capabilities Zero Trust, ZTNA, Software-Defined Perimeters, and micro-segmentation of encryption, which are all critical components to redesign existing IT security architecture for a more cohesive alignment to protect an organization from an attack supporting a multi-cloud environment, remote workforce, and no control where the endpoint sits in the world. These deployments defy existing castle-based perimeter architectures and remove the network from the security equation.

SASE Edge Encryption Gateway provides numerous use cases for deployment to eliminate numerous cyberattacks. 

There are many uses for the basic principles of a SASE. When properly designed, there are many brand new use cases to solve some of the world’s most complex cybersecurity problems. As organizations start adopting this technology, they will find a significant risk reduction, a more straightforward approach to deploying security. Simultaneously, reduce the cost and complexities of maintaining a secure environment while positioning themselves not only to protect their information from today’s threats but tomorrow.
Deploying a SASE Edge to protect the cloud environment is an easy place to begin, while organizations fully determine what is required for enterprise adoption establish trusted secure communication around the globe without boundaries or borders,

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Howard Hellman

Howard Hellman

Howard has a 25-year history of designing complex IT infrastructure solutions. He was noted for his ability to engineer complex Cyber Security, High-Performance Computing, and Cloud environments. Howard Hellman has been a forward thinker in the technology industry and is excited to discuss new concepts in cybersecurity from new vantage points that many IT leaders may have dismissed in the past.