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How Does AI-Powered SASE Protect Remote Workers?

SASE is a tool based on an artificial intelligence designed to keep cloud-based services and remote worker’s devices safe.

Remote work is largely beneficial for teams. This option increases flexibility and productivity but also decreases employees’ stress levels. Following the pandemic and the shift that resulted in permanent hybrid or entirely remote options, more companies have invested in the infrastructures that enable telecommuting without latency. Therefore, work from home is here to stay, and it’s projected that 22% of American teams will stay fully remote by 2025.

While telecommuting is generally a better option for teams, it does come with security concerns for organizations.

Basic cybersecurity training goes a long way in preventing scams such as phishing, but infrastructures adjusted for remote work need more than awareness to operate safely. One solution that has been designed for gaps in security due to remote work and the popularity of cloud environments is SASE. What should you know about SASE, and how does it help businesses to implement security and policies that protect cloud-based services as well as endpoint devices?

What Is SASE Security?

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is a cybersecurity tool that relies on artificial intelligence to protect the technology that is built on the Cloud. Businesses use SASE because it’s easy to implement this solution as the infrastructure grows and changes.

Considering that the cloud environment can change in minutes and create a new vulnerability that hackers could exploit, the main advantage of SASE is that it automatically and continuously seeks threats.

What’s more, SASE also allows companies to have a complete overview of the security and their assets — which can usually be a challenge with the multi-cloud technology that requires varied separate tools.

Multiple Protective Software in One

To reduce the complexity of security, SASE combines multiple different cybersecurity solutions that have been created to defend and manage the cloud. It does so by utilizing the best features of tools that guard cloud environments, some of which are:

  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)
  • Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)
  • Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB)
  • Sandboxing

WAF monitors the traffic that is coming in and out of the system to filter out attempts at sneaking malicious code into the system.

ZTNA specializes in enforcing zero trust security to prevent unwanted logins by restricting specific levels of access for different members of the team.

CASB allows companies to extend the reach of their security policies. Normally, they would be limited to the premises. It relies on the firewall to discover if the right people are accessing corporate data.

Sandboxing canteens potentially malicious code. Within a safe environment, cybersecurity experts can reverse engineer it, observe, and conclude how it might affect the user’s endpoint devices.

Enforcing Zero Trust

One way SASE keeps remote workers safe is by implementing a zero trust policy. The principle of trusting no one means that, when they’re logging in with their credentials, workers have to pass a strict verification process.

Users are granted access to the part of the system they try to log into if they can prove that they need a specific level to perform their duties within the company. The policy essentially assumes that anyone logging in with the credentials can be a threat actor that is attempting to gain unauthorized access to the system.

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Preventing Major Cyber Attacks

The most obvious way that SASE guards the infrastructure is that it seeks the sign of hacking attempts.

Scanning is a 24/7 activity that helps IT teams discover any unauthorized use of credentials or cyber crime early. In case one of the components identifies malware, SASE either alters the teams of this occurrence or removes it from the system right away.

It depends on how the tool is calibrated to protect the company based on its unique needs and infrastructure. For example, an unsuspecting employee could open a phishing email and download the attachment that gets dangerous malware on their computer. SASE can use antivirus components to detect and remove malicious code from devices.

Keeping Sensitive Data Under Control

The ability of SASE to identify sensitive data within the system is an important feature that protects remote workers and users of company services.

Data is secure within the system that tracks where important information is located and whether it is compromised by different hacking methods. To protect data, SASE considers the context within which the data is located, how it is used and whether there are signs that point to unwanted threat actor activity that might compromise that information.

Making the Most of the Cloud

Businesses that adjust to remote work have employed some type of Cloud environment. That kind of structure is important because it prevents lag and doesn’t disrupt the workflow of remote teams that connect to the network from their home devices.

What’s more, Cloud technology is popular because it facilitates the scaling of the company at a lower cost.

SASE makes Cloud use safer because it combines the capabilities of several tools that IT teams can use to protect cloud-based environments. Layered security that consists of several solutions removes the security gaps that made the Cloud vulnerable in the first place.

To Conclude

The pandemic changed the way we work to the point of no return.

Cloud environments and telecommuting enabled organizations to continue their operations when brick and mortar businesses were forced to close their doors. With this shift, the cybersecurity needs of companies have changed as well. While both have to adhere to high standards, compared to the traditional on-premise systems, the Cloud is more dynamic. Therefore, it seeks different security solutions. Strong security protects both remote teams and the key assets of the company.

It’s important that the protocols and software that run on the Cloud do so continuously, and automatically.

With SASE, people in the company and digital assets are secure because the technology relies on the power of artificial intelligence and the capabilities of multiple tools designed to guard an organization.

[To share your insights with us, please write to sghosh@martechseries.com]

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