IBM Rolls Out New SASE Services to Modernize Network Security
August 25, 2021
has developed new Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) services designed to help
accelerate organizations' 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.1 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."
Announcing IBM Security Services for SASE
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 solution 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 & acquisition execution, and
network transformation for the hybrid cloud, 5G, and IoT.
IBM offers a programmatic approach to SASE led by security and cloud specialists
who work with clients to create SASE adoption plans while also managing the
related services for clients to optimize the environment. This is based on IBM
Security's five-step maturity model, helping clients identify a target maturity
that focuses on business outcomes. IBM uses a zero trust strategy, best
practices and methods to implement Zscaler's market-leading SASE capabilities
including the creation of governing processes and policies that facilitate a
SASE transformation. The transformation is supported by certified deployment and
integration expertise by Zscaler at a pace that suits digital business. Finally,
customers can benefit from best-in class IBM Managed Security Services, the
market-leading managed security services provider globally. Services can include
around-the-clock security monitoring, management, and continuous improvement of
the SASE solution to evolving threats.
The resulting SASE program is designed to help organizations protect their
priority business drivers with a zero trust approach:
Workforce Access: IBM can provide a network access solution based on zero trust
methods which can replace traditional VPN connectivity, help increase protection
and support faster, seamless user experiences. This can provide organizations
with a flexible and scalable cloud-delivered access solution that can adapt to
employees alternating between working in and out of the office.
Third-Party Access: IBM can develop a solution that allows organizations to
define and extend internal workforce policies to contractor and third-party
users. This includes requiring an equivalent level of authentication and offers
visibility and control over who can see sensitive data and resources.
Organizations can also gain the ability to set up individual policies by type of
user, group, and application.
Mergers and Acquisitions: IBM can design integrated access management using an
organization's existing identity provider solutions with the other companies
involved in a merger or acquisition, which can help speed up access and
transition for employees from both sides.
Network Transformation: IBM can help organizations transform their network from
a traditional model to a cloud-based framework as part of their overall SASE
implementation strategy. This approach could help provide lower latency, cost
savings and is supported by a cloud-delivered network security structure.
5G, Edge and IoT Protection and Support: IBM can help enable edge computing to
receive branch-to-cloud protection and organizations can use integrated edge
computing security from the complete SASE solution, enabling additional IoT
business drivers. All these items can also strategically help in cloud
"Implementing a zero trust architecture is an important step for organizations
adopting SASE to effectively secure new distributed working models and safeguard
mission-critical services that have now moved to the cloud," said Jay Chaudhry,
Chairman, CEO and Founder of Zscaler. "Through our expanded alliance partnership
with IBM, as part of the Zscaler Zero Trust Ecosystem, customers can confidently
expedite their secure digital transformation journey to support essential
initiatives from ensuring secure employee productivity from anywhere to
accelerating M&A transactions."