SSE vs SASE: What’s the Difference?

Cato | General news | Security
February 6, 2024
SSE vs SASE: What’s the Difference?

Said Abouelouyoun from Horizon Telecom explains:

SSE (Security Service Edge) and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) present two powerful solutions for modern digital security. Here, we’ll explore the differences between them to help you decide which one is right for your organization.

What is SASE?

In 2019, Gartner introduced Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), revolutionizing cybersecurity. SASE seamlessly merges network performance and security into a unified, cloud-based service with two key pillars: networking and security. The networking pillar utilizes SD-WAN, WAN optimization, and quality of service for robust connectivity. Simultaneously, the security pillar secures traffic and ensures application accessibility through the integration of Secure Web Gateways (SWG), Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), and Firewall as a Service (FWaaS), enforcing corporate safety policies across user locations.

What is SSE?

Expanding on the SASE framework, Gartner later introduced the Security Service Edge (SSE) category. SSE is a specialized form of network security convergence, consolidating Secure Web Gateways (SWG), Cloud Access Security Broker/Data Loss Prevention (CASB/DLP), and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) into a single cloud-native service. It serves as a secure gateway for internet access, Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, and specific internal applications. Notably, SSE does not directly address secure access to Wide Area Network (WAN) resources, which remain part of a distinct technology stack involving SD-WAN, Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs), and global network backbones.

SASE vs SSE: What’s the Difference?

SSE functions as an integral component within the broader spectrum of secure and optimized access offered by SASE. While delivering users a seamless experience, this advanced security solution protects against malicious threats, attacks, and data loss.

SASE or SSE: Which Will You Choose?

Enterprises stand at a crucial juncture in IT decision-making, contemplating the path toward the “converged future” of their infrastructure. Some may opt for immediate transformation through full SASE convergence, while others might pursue it in multiple phases, beginning with the integration of security and SD-WAN down the line. A single-vendor SASE platform emerges as a strategic choice, paving the way for optimization, streamlined operations, reduced costs, and maximum flexibility in future endeavors.

Cato SSE 360: Total Visibility, Optimization, and Control with a Seamless Path to SASE Convergence

Cato offers two leading solutions for flexible networking and security transformation. Cato SSE 360, surpassing Gartner’s SSE definition, provides comprehensive visibility into traffic, users, devices, and applications from any location. This secure solution optimizes access to the internet, public cloud applications, WAN resources, and data centers, reducing attack surfaces by eliminating redundant point products like firewalls or global backbones.

The smooth migration path to full convergence with Catalyst facilitates a transition from traditional network architectures to powerful hybrid clouds via the SASE Cloud Platform powered by Cato Security Services (Cato SSEC). Cato SASE Cloud seamlessly connects a business’s resources, boasting a private network capacity with 70+ Points of Presence (PoPs). Serving multiple Tier 1 providers ensures SLA guaranteed connections, enhancing performance through route optimization and WAN acceleration. The self-healing infrastructure, coupled with full encryption security measures, ensures uninterrupted uptime.

Why Horizon Telecom

As a corporate and globally operating organization, you need a reliable and comprehensive solution to protect your network and data from malicious threats while ensuring optimized access to all your resources. This is where Horizon Telecom comes in as your premium MSP partner for the implementation of the solutions. Our team of experts will work with you to design and deploy a fully integrated and flexible platform that meets your specific needs. You will get total visibility, optimization, and control of all your traffic, users, devices, and apps from any location.

Choose Horizon Telecom as your trusted MSP partner and take the first step towards a secure and optimized future for your organization.

Contact us today or sign up for a demo to experience firsthand how Horizon Telecom can help you stay competitive in today’s ever-evolving marketplace. With Horizon Telecom as your partner, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your network is secure and optimized for success.

Why do I have to embrace Sase?

As an IT Director of a corporate organization operating worldwide, you are well aware of the challenges that come with securing cloud computing. Traditional solutions often fall short, leaving IT teams with a multitude of point solutions to invest in, adding complexity and cost. This is where Cato SASE Cloud comes in, offering a holistic network fabric that simplifies WAN management and eradicates the complexity associated with multiple point solutions. With the world’s first SASE platform, enterprises gain unprecedented visibility, data safety mechanisms, and additional threat safeguards, all while maximizing efficiency and minimizing costs. As a premium MSP partner, Horizon Telecom has the expertise and experience to implement comprehensive and advanced security services using the world’s first SASE platform. Let us help you secure your enterprise’s cloud computing for a brighter tomorrow. Choose Horizon Telecom as your partner, and you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your network is secure and optimized for success. Contact us today or sign up for a demo to experience firsthand how we can help you stay competitive in today’s ever-evolving marketplace.

Revolutionizing Cybersecurity with XDR: Cato Networks’ Innovative Approach

In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, Cato Networks has introduced groundbreaking advancements, including the world’s inaugural SASE-based extended detection and response (XDR) and the pioneering SASE-managed endpoint protection platform (EPP). The Cato SASE Cloud platform signifies a significant milestone in the industry’s progression toward a more secure, converged, and responsive cybersecurity framework. Through the seamless integration of SASE with XDR and EPP capabilities, this innovative platform represents a transformative shift in addressing cybersecurity challenges. The Cato XDR tool, crafted by analysts for analysts, is a prime example of this paradigm shift. Not only does it enable efficient servicing of more customers with fewer analysts, thereby increasing revenue, but its exceptional ability to remediate threats faster than alternative solutions also results in enhanced security and heightened satisfaction for end customers.