Today’s corporate networks were never designed for the cloud-first world and fall short on addressing the cybersecurity challenges of digital transformation. It is critical that enterprises not only secure applications in the cloud but also protect users connecting to these applications. At the same time, the proliferation of IoT devices has significantly increased the attack surface exposing organizations to growing cybersecurity threats.
Therefore, the strategic imperative is to adopt a more intelligent, more secure, highly automated software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) that can be seamlessly integrated with cloud-delivered security services to form a best-of-breed Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture. SASE must be augmented with identity-based, zero trust security to enforce segmentation such that users and IoT devices can only reach destinations on the network consistent with their role in the business.