Top SASE Solutions to Look Forward to in 2022 (SASE Tools)

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Gartner first described SASE in its 2019 report "The Future of Network Security in the Cloud" as a convergence of WAN or Wide Area Network and other network security services like Cloud access security broker (CASB), Firewall as a service (FWaaS), and Zero trust network access (ZTNA). 

A SASE architecture recognizes users and devices and applies policy-based security to deliver secure access to appropriate devices. It creates a unified system that helps businesses secure access to their users no matter where they are.

The existing security network architecture was designed keeping in mind the enterprise data center for access needs. However, digitalization, cloud computing, and remote work culture demand advanced security and quick access for users, SaaS applications, and data outside the enterprise perimeter. 

So, it's important for businesses to ditch legacy systems and instead opt for cloud-based, dynamic, policy-based security software. This is where the concept of Secure Access Service Edge or SASE emerged. 

Gartner first described SASE in its 2019 report "The Future of Network Security in the Cloud" as a convergence of WAN or Wide Area Network and other network security services like Cloud access security broker (CASB), Firewall as a service (FWaaS), and Zero trust network access (ZTNA). 

That means a SASE architecture recognizes users and devices and applies policy-based security to deliver secure access to appropriate devices. It creates a unified system that helps businesses secure access to their users no matter where they are. 

Presently, there are quite a few SASE vendors that provide quality service in terms of networking, security features, and the geographical reach of their systems. But, first, let's understand some pointers that you need to consider before selecting a SASE vendor.

  • Since SASE is still very new to the market, CISOs should take their sweet time evaluating their organizational priorities and then determine which SASE solution should salvage those requirements. For instance, if you are looking for secure remote access for users and applications, going for an application that offers ZTNA (Zero Trust Network Access) should be your option.

  • Adopting SASE is a big decision, and you wouldn't want to invest in a vendor that doesn't have long-term visibility. That being so, the chosen SASE solution should be up to meet technology needs and further integrate it in its solution.

  • Lastly, IT teams should sign up for an application that has a broad ecosystem of technology partners to easily incorporate necessary solutions within your infrastructure.

Moving forward, let's discuss the top 10 SASE tools that you can opt for to secure your corporate network. 

Top Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solutions 

1. Palo Alto 

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Palo Alto SASE system is a convergence of Prisma Access security service and CloudGenix SD-WAN, which the company recently acquired in 2020 for $420 million. It consolidates multiple products like Cloud SWG, ZTNA, FWaaS, ADEM, and NG CASB into a unified system that removes traffic complexity and provides quick access to its users. 

Prisma SASE uses a Zero Trust posture to secure all apps used in the hybrid environment regardless of where users work remotely or from their office. Palo Alto is best for businesses looking to move to the cloud and want complete data visibility. 

Pros 

  • Palo Alto is simple to use and easily deployable

  • To protect businesses against the newest dangers, Palo offers Zero-day attack detection.

  • Palo Alto's Wildfire supports manual and API uploads to get more detailed information on the corporate network. 

Cons-

  • Palo Alto doesn't have an option to select any specific regions.

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2. ForcePoint 

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ForcePoint is one such SASE platform that goes beyond offering secured endpoints. It does not just provide secure access to cloud, web, and private applications but also helps admins get control of how their data is used after it's downloaded. Forcepoint is recognized as a cybersecurity leader by Forrester, NSS Labs, Gartner, and others. 

Dynamic Edge Protection is Forcepoint's cloud-native SASE suite that provides uniform data protection, prevents data loss at endpoints, and reduces any SASE complexity. Forcepoint offers a complete 360-degree view of people, data, and systems. When requested, it continuously conducts a risk assessment and alerts the company. 

Pricing

Not available. You can contact the sales team for pricing details.

Pros

  • Forcepoint offers real-time threat analysis and detailed reports on web gateways. 

  • Businesses are wanting SSL injection, social media control, Data Loss Prevention (DLP), and Forcepoint ACE (Advanced Classification Engine) can easily upgrade to a web security gateway. 

  • It restricts the usage of accessing websites that might contain malware. 

Cons

  • There should be proper documentation for understanding the software well. 

  • Web filtering is not always accurate.

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3. Fortinet 

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Fortinet is a fully-integrated SASE solution that offers security-driven networking functionalities to distributed and dynamic networks. Instead of adopting an isolated cloud-based approach, Fortinet leverages the features of both Fortinet Security Fabric and FortiOS, an operating system that binds the entire Fortinet security solution. 

Fortinet offers various tools and functionalities such as DNS, FWaaS, IPS, DLP, SWG, VPN, and ZITNA. All of them combined to provide excellent security at every network edge. FortiSASE is a highly scalable security system that provides access to remote users at all times. 

Pricing

You can contact the sales team for pricing details. Businesses can also leverage free product demos and trials.

Pros

  • Fortinet works well for wireless APs, including voice users. 

  • It's a robust network malware scanner that doesn't interfere with data transmission and provides detailed analytics on network security.

  • Offers easily deployable remote VPN connections

Cons

  • The technical support needs improvement.

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4. Zscaler 

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Zscaler SASE solution is a scalable cloud security platform with most internet exchanges to provide faster and more secure user access to SaaS solutions and enterprise information. Businesses can reduce significant IT costs with Zscaler as it's easier to deploy and manage, plus it enables secure digital transformation without using the technology of existing legacy infrastructure. 

Security is the utmost priority of Zscaler. All user connections are inspected and secured, regardless of their location, what applications they access, or what encryption is used. The Zscaler architecture hides all source identities like IP addresses to avoid any security attacks on the corporate network. 

Pricing

Zscaler offers subscription-based pricing, but businesses must contact them for quotes.

 Pros

  • Zscaler is easily deployable with minimal set-up needed 

  • Customer support is excellent, with a quick turnaround time

  • It offers category blocking for better protection

Cons

  • It does not support iOS and Android yet.

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5. CATO Network 

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CATO Network is the world's first SASE platform that promises a security solution that businesses can adapt quickly. Using this, businesses can easily connect their users, cloud resources, and applications to the CATO SaaS cloud and benefit from this scale-unified network through a single-source console. 

CATO has a self-service architecture and results in providing maximum uptime. It contains the capabilities of WAN optimization, cloud optimization, and Global Route optimization. Plus, CATO offers a secure web gateway that provides advanced threat protection to both cloud and mobile users. 

Pricing

You can contact the sales team for pricing details. Businesses can also request a demo before committing to the product. 

Pros

  • Businesses can connect their entire infrastructure with CATO, reducing unnecessary administration costs.

  • CATO is simple to use and easily deployable

Cons

  • No-network sandboxing to detect zero-day threats

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6. Perimeter 81 

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The Perimeter 81 contains all elements of SASE like FaaS (Firewall As A Service), VPNs, user-centric network architecture, edge service for security at application and network endpoints.

It provides ultimate flexibility since you aren't limited to a single infrastructure; you can create a mix of your system, such as placing your gateway client at the perimeter of your place or on every endpoint at virtual offices to help users access a secure network at all locations. 

All of its operations of Perimeter 81 are located in the cloud; however, you have to install a VPN at each endpoint. This way, businesses can integrate all their sites into a single network. 

Pricing

Perimeter 81 offers a subscription-based model such as essentials, premium, premium plus, and enterprise at 8/user/month,12/user/month, $16/user/month, and request pricing, respectively. You can also request a demo of the product from the sales team. 

Pros

  • Businesses can segment users into groups irrespective of their location

  • Users can also integrate user-owned devices parallel to corporate devices without hampering network security.

  • Users can create a secure, centralized datastore to monitor the network's security. 

Cons

  • Most of its advanced features like API support, SCIM, SIEM integration, and others are in premium plans. 

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7. McAfee 

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McAfee is a SASE leader in offering on-point data and threat protection from all devices to the cloud by leveraging Secure Web Gateway (SWG), Data Loss Prevention (DLP), and Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) in a single offering. 

These technologies help businesses secure their data on the cloud and outside its perimeter. McAfee prevents any cloud-native breach attempts that go unnoticed in the corporate network. 

The platform delivers a fast and secure SASE experience, all thanks to its fast, low-latency Service Edge and industry-leading SD-WAN tools. This creates a safe environment for cloud adoption from any device. MacFee also reduces unnecessary traffic backhauling with efficient direct-to-cloud access. 

Pricing

You can contact the sales team for pricing details

Pros

  • It sends regular updates of the endpoints to ensure its safety.

  • McAfee blocks junky websites, links, and advertisements by connecting the SASE tool with explorer. 

  • It stores your password, so users don't have to type it every time they log in. 

Cons 

  • McAfee automated virus scan can sometimes slow down your computer.

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8. Twingate

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Twingate is an excellent SASE solution for distributed workforces. Businesses still using corporate VPNs are exposed to public gateways, security breaches, and costly deployment. Wingate provides organizations with a Zero Trust Network that is much more secure and requires the least maintenance.

This cloud-based software makes your corporate network invisible, thus reducing exposure to attacks. IT teams can easily deploy Twingate under software-defined parameters without changing its infrastructure. It will allow teams to manage user access on the cloud, on-premise, or applications. 

Pricing

Twingate offers three subscription plans; the starter plan is for free, Business at $10/ user/ month, and you can request quotes from the pricing team for the enterprise plan. 

Pros

  • Offers two-factor authentication via Google or OKTA login

  • Super convenient to use and install

  • You can also onboard your external team of partners, clients, contractors to your user dashboard.

Cons

  • Do not offer access control servers. 

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9. Netskope 

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Netskope' NewEdge is recognized as a SASE leader in the 2022 Gartner report. One of the highest performing SASE architecture secures cloud data by deploying security at the edge. NewEdge configures Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Next-Generation Secure Web Gateway, and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA). 

The SASE solution is built to offer premium performance and security features that complement the need for today's enterprise's demand. With Netskope's Trust Portal, users can get real-time insights on NewEdge infrastructure and Netskope Security Cloud Services. 

Pricing

You can contact the sales team for pricing details. Businesses can also request a demo before committing to the product. 

Pros

  • Easy to use and deploy 

  • Using Netskope, you can define granular policies for zero-trust access.

  • It offers a unified control point for all SaaS platforms for easy access and security control.

Cons

  • Some locations block Netskope's IP ranges. 

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10. Cloudflare 

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Cloudflare One is a SASE solution offered by the cybersecurity giant Cloudflare. It includes elements such as the WARP, Magic Transit, Cloudflare Network Interconnect (CNI), and Argo for routing.

The Cloudflare One package offers a Zero Trust network access (ZTNA) system for secure remote access and FWAAS for advanced threat protection. Businesses can use the Cloudflare CDN to protect cloud data, deliver all applications through the cloud server, and filter user data access. 

Pricing

Cloudfare One offers one free plan and three paid plans of Pro, Business, and Enterprise. You can contact the sales team for pricing details.

Pros

  • Cloudflare provides free SSL certification.

  • It blocks all DoS and DDoS attacks, where your server is sent too many requests from various locations to bring it down. 

  • Cloudflare is quite simple to use and easily deployable. 

Cons

  • Cloudflare is worth using if your website genuinely needs spam or DDoS protection because there have been cases where owners and genuine users were blocked from the site.

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