17.06.2024

How to choose the right SASE solution for your business

How to choose the right SASE solution for your business

More than nine in ten IT leaders are looking to Secure Access Service Edge to make remote work sustainable for the long term.

With comprehensive security features, enhanced performance, simplified management, scalability and a consistent user experience, SASE is an appealing prospect for businesses across all industries. Yet there’s more to it than a simple implementation. Not only is it vital to select the right SASE solution, with the optimum mix of technologies, security capabilities and level of expertise, but true success lies in putting the right vendor and implementation partner in place.

This is an IT manager’s ultimate guide to navigating the SASE solution selection process.

Vetting the vendors

Vendor consolidation is a core reason that businesses are looking to SASE. By 2025, it’s predicted that 65% of organisations will have consolidated individual SASE components into one or two dedicated vendors, compared to just 15% in 2021.

With so much riding on these partnerships, it’s never been more important to evaluate vendors thoroughly. Ampito works with various partners in the industry and is perfectly positioned to help you select the right fit.

Using the following criteria, IT managers can rest assured that their SASE vendors will hit the mark.

Comprehensive security capabilities: When vetting your vendors, it’s important to make sure they offer the level of security that your business needs to stay safe.

  • Next-generation firewall (NGFW) solutions like Fortinet’s FortiGate provide advanced threat protection and deep packet inspection, which is key when it comes to identifying and blocking cyber threats.
  • Secure web gateways (SWG) guards against web-based threats through URL filtering and content inspection, keeping users safe from malicious websites and downloads. Fortinet’s FortiProxy combining critical capabilities like data loss prevention, application visibility and control, antivirus, intrusion prevention, content analysis and decryption into an integrated solution that protects against internet-borne attacks.
  • Data loss prevention (DLP) services, such as Fortinet’s FortiGuard, monitors and controls data transfers to prevent data leaks and protect sensitive information from being exfiltrated.
  • Zero-trust network access (ZTNA) features like Fortinet’s Universal ZTNA provide secure, simple access to applications, regardless of location. This prevents unauthorised access by enforcing strict, context-based access controls to continuously verify users and devices. In fact, nine in ten organisations list zero-trust in their top three IT and security priorities.

Combined, these features offer full-stack protection across your organisation’s entire infrastructure, safeguarding your network and data from cyber threats.

Scalability and performance: A good SASE solution should accommodate both current and future needs, growing with your business without compromising performance. Scalable, adaptable solutions allow for easy adjustments, so when your workload increases or you add new users, your network can handle it like a pro. High performance is vital, with low latency and efficient resource allocation keeping network operations smooth, responsive and ready to react to changing demands.

Integrated networking and security: It’s important to find a vendor that integrates advanced networking and security features into one unified platform. This integration makes management easier, reduces operational complexity, improves performance and enforces policies consistently across the entire network. With a single-pane-of-glass platform like Fortinet’s, businesses get the benefit of enhanced visibility and control, allowing IT managers to monitor and secure the network from a single interface.

 

Picking an implementation partner

Choosing a vendor is only step one. Next up: picking the right implementation partner for SASE deployment.

Implementation partners play a key role in ensuring a smooth and successful SASE implementation, offering the benefit of their experience to tailor solutions and provide support throughout the deployment and beyond. In fact, Gartner predicts that 45% of the total addressable market for SASE will be delivered as a managed service by 2025.

Expertise: A partner with deep expertise in the technologies provided by your chosen vendor can make a big difference. These specialists understand the nuances of what’s involved, which helps when it comes to integrating SASE seamlessly into your existing infrastructure – minimising disruptions and optimising performance. A knowledgeable partner can also anticipate and address challenges, streamline the deployment process, and ensure that all features and capabilities of the solution are used to maximum effect. As a systems integrator specialising in Fortinet products, Ampito brings a wealth of solution-specific experience and technical know-how to the table, ensuring that your SASE implementation is smooth, efficient and aligned with your business needs.

Customised solutions: The right implementation partner will work closely with you and your business to get a thorough understanding of your needs and challenges. By collaborating with your team, Ampito can design customised SASE solutions that address these requirements effectively. Whether it’s optimising network performance, enhancing security or ensuring regulatory compliance, we can create a tailored approach that will align your SASE implementation perfectly with your strategic objectives: maximising the benefits and ensuring the solution grows and adapts with you.

Ongoing support and guidance: From initial plans to post-implementation maintenance, the right partner also acts as a trusted advisor, helping organisations with teething problems and boosting the value of their SASE investments. Ampito’s expert team provides continuous support, ensuring smooth deployment, addressing issues quickly, and ensuring the SASE solution is optimised for long-term efficiency and security.

 

Finding your fit

Of course, it’s not enough to simply select and deploy a solution. It’s important that the option you go for directly aligns with your organisational goals and requirements.

To ensure the right fit, you need to carefully weigh up your options.

Compatibility: Look for a solution that integrates seamlessly with your existing infrastructure for minimal disruptions. The solution should also be able to grow and adapt to increased demand and changing needs. If it’s compatible with your management tools and processes, this will also help to simplify administration, improve efficiency and support your goals effectively.

Cost-effectiveness: Consider both upfront and ongoing expenses, including licensing, hardware, maintenance and training costs. Ultimately, you want to see ROI through improved security, enhanced productivity and greater operational efficiency. By balancing your initial outlay with long-term benefits, you can identify a cost-effective SASE solution that not only fits your budget but also delivers significant value through better performance and protection.

Compliance: 83% of risk and compliance professionals say that keeping their organisation compliant with all relevant laws, policies and regulations is either very important or absolutely essential. Ensure that your SASE solution is compliant with industry standards such as GDPR, HIPAA or PCI DSS, and check for features like encryption, data loss prevention and auditability to keep your information safe and supervised. These features are essential for maintaining data security and meeting regulatory requirements, providing peace of mind that your organization is protected and compliant with all relevant mandates.

 

Reaping the rewards

Adopting SASE reduces risk, accelerates digital transformation and reduces overall costs. According to Forrester, a large business can even expect an ROI of up to 270%.

With so many positives, it’s clear that SASE is the future of network security. The trick is to find the perfect blend of vendor, partner and tech.

Ampito’s team of experts works closely with you to develop a customised SASE solution tailored to your needs. We can manage the deployment process from start to finish, seamlessly integrating SASE components into your existing infrastructure and offering expert guidance to help navigate the new setup. What’s more, Ampito provides ongoing maintenance and optimisation services to ensure your SASE solution stays effective, secure and resilient.

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