Let’s Get SASE About Smart Security for Mobile Devices
By David Cohen, Mobolize | Chief Strategy Officer, Co-Founder
There’s an enterprise security vendor challenge and it’s called SASE – Secure Access Service Edge. Few security companies today provide a complete and balanced SASE portfolio armed with leading-edge networking and security capabilities that include mobile devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets. But they want to and are hard at work to find the right technology and vendors.
Given that SASE combines lots of enterprise IT tools into a single package, it has effectively obsoleted the instituted practice of buying only “best of breed” tools that has traditionally directed enterprise IT leaders and given guidance to vendor product mangers as they laid out their strategic road maps. That has many impacts.
For example, if you are a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), how do you strategically align yourself to SASE and incorporate critical endpoints? If you’re an on-premises WAN vendor, how do you catch up when you’re just moving to the cloud and your SASE competitors are ahead in security? If your expertise is the security-side of the SASE industry, how do you guide enterprise IT leaders in evaluating and determining which aspects are most critical for them and confirming that you can address all their corporate security requirements, including mobile?
If you need to get SASE, here are a couple of issues to address as well as how Mobolize can help make that SASE road to market shorter for supporting mobile devices:
- Build a SASE security mobile road map – SASE is open ground, especially on the security side of the equation. There is no leader doing everything and no one doing everything well. It’s key to research the available options but be aware that very few do the right job for security at the edge of the network – the area that supports smartphones, laptops and tablets. Supporting these devices is complex due to the many vendors, types of software and restrictions involved. Mobolize has created a common code for all mobile devices that makes adding these devices to your security network faster and is more accurate in securely managing the data on these devices.
- The Pandemic, VPNs and ZTNA – Because the pandemic put the spotlight on secure remote access for work-at-home employees, it also put the spotlight on traditional VPNs. Because they tunnel all data, traditional VPNs are complex and costly to manage, don’t provide a good user experience and are part of the old-school model of perimeter for edge security. Mobolize’s patented Data Management Engine only encrypts data that needs to be encrypted. This saves an average of 80% of the traffic that is tunneled which lowers costs and management issues and provides a better customer experience for all employees, including remote workers.
Gartner predicts that by 2023, 60% of enterprises will phase out their remote access VPN in favor of ZTNA. With ZTNA inheriting the role of corporate access provider for enterprises, how all endpoint devices, including mobile, interact with ZTNA will define who IT leaders adopt as their SASE suppliers. When it comes to all the mobile form factors enterprise utilizes, Mobolize is the only company that has a Data Management Engine with smart on-device connectors to help security vendors successfully deliver SASE security across the enterprise.