IBM brings zero trust capabilities to SASE networks

August 30, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
IBM brings zero trust capabilities to SASE networks
Expanded alliance partnership with Zscaler and services that leverage zero trust approach to deliver SASE deployment, integration, and global managed security.

IBM Security has announced new Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) services designed to help accelerate the adoption of cloud-delivered security at the edge, closer to the users and devices that access corporate resources. The new services combine expertise and methods from IBM Security with technology from Zscaler, to help deliver a fully managed transformation to a cloud-based SASE architecture, a key element of a zero trust security posture.

According to a new commissioned study from IBM, conducted by Forrester Consulting, 78% of organizations surveyed are either interested in, or plan to, implement SASE in the next 12 months. SASE helps bring together software defined networking and network security technologies into a single, cloud-based service. SASE is a new architecture model designed to address the requirements of organizations who are digitally transforming, adopting cloud and SaaS applications, and providing services to a hybrid workforce and customer base.

"Traditional approaches to network security are not as viable in a digital world where users and applications are distributed. We're seeing this transformation happen right before our eyes as many organizations plan to operate in a hybrid model for the foreseeable future," said Mary O'Brien, General Manager, IBM Security. "This new approach requires a shift in culture, processes and collaboration across teams alongside a new technology architecture. By focusing on business needs, our zero trust approach can help accelerate this transformation for clients thanks to the skills, methods and capabilities brought together via our alliance partnership with Zscaler.”

For many organizations, the transformation to SASE is a shift in how security is structured today. Security and IT teams are challenged with effectively implementing a SASE in a non-disruptive way, changing the processes and culture to accommodate the transformation and realize a quick time-to-value. IBM Security Services for SASE is designed to help organizations transform their network security, applying an approach tailored to their unique needs. This approach can help clients to support key business drivers, including hybrid workforce, seamless third-party access, merger and acquisition execution, and network transformation for the hybrid cloud, 5G, and IoT.

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