SASE: Solve Today’s Network Security Challenges

Are you struggling to secure your network in this new era of remote work and cloud-based applications? You’re not alone. Traditional approaches to network security no longer suffice in a world where employees work from anywhere, on any device. Enter SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) – a comprehensive solution transforming how businesses protect their data and networks.

This blog post accompanies our latest Trust Tech Chat episode, Stay Sassy about Security, to help business owners and decision-makers better understand what’s at stake with legacy solutions and what’s available to improve security. View the full replay on our YouTube channel. We’ll look at the security problems businesses face today on traditional networks. Then, we’ll introduce a new security solution, SASE, overview key features and benefits, discuss implementation and application, and end with Frequently Asked Questions.

Let’s get started. 

The Challenges of Traditional Network Security in a Remote Work Era

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the shift to remote work, exposing the limitations of conventional network security approaches. Here’s what many organizations are grappling with:

  • Increased complexity with remote workers and mobile devices
  • VPN limitations and performance issues
  • Security concerns with cloud-based applications
  • The need for multiple solutions

As Mack Slaughter, co-owner of Trust Technology Consultants, pointed out in the last Trust Tech Chat, “Legacy networks showcase sensitivity in their design. Individuals at remote locations who VPN into firewalls go over the Internet into the firewall, to then go through the protection at the premise.” Networks weren’t built with a large remote workforce in mind.

Understanding SASE: A Comprehensive Network Security Solution

SASE, which stands for Secure Access Service Edge, is a newer approach to network security that addresses the challenges of our distributed workforce. It combines network security functions with WAN capabilities to support organizations’ dynamic, secure access needs.

The Key components of SASE include:

  • SD-WAN
  • Firewall-as-a-Service (FWaaS)
  • Secure Web Gateway (SWG)
  • Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)
  • Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)

SASE moves the focus of security from the data center to the identity of the user or device. This shift allows for consistent and flexible security policies regardless of where the user connects.

Key Features of SASE for Enhanced Network Security

Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) Implementation

ZTNA is a core component of SASE, which says, “Never trust, always verify.” It ensures users can only access the applications needed to perform their jobs.

Cloud-based Security Measures

SASE leverages cloud infrastructure to provide security services. This approach allows for scalability and flexibility, enabling organizations to protect users and data wherever they are located.

Next-gen Firewall Capabilities

SASE incorporates advanced firewall features, providing robust protection against various threats.

Secure Access to Multi-cloud Environments

SASE securely connects users to applications hosted across multiple cloud environments without compromising performance or security.

Implementing SASE: Best Practices and Considerations

Transitioning to a SASE framework requires careful planning. Here are some key considerations:

  • Assess your current network infrastructure
  • Choose the right SASE provider
  • Develop a migration strategy
  • Train your team on new security protocols

Real-World Applications: SASE Success Stories

Organizations implementing SASE see significant benefits, such as simplified management, improved compliance, enhanced performance, and tighter security. For example, our company has adopted SASE for remote work and multi-cloud environments. Mack Slaughter explains, “It encompasses a lot of the security architecture natively, instead of having to piecemeal all these solutions together.” 

The Future of Network Security: SASE and Beyond

As cyber threats continue to predominate, network security solutions must evolve. SASE represents a significant step forward, but it’s likely just the beginning. Fortunately, continued innovation in areas such as AI-driven threat detection and response and even more seamless integration of security and networking functions can be expected.

Trust Co-owner Spencer Taylor predicts, “A year from now, this (SASE) will be common, the standard… even the little guy, small companies, will have to have this stuff in place to protect themselves.” 

Embracing SASE for a Secure and Flexible Network Infrastructure


The shift to SASE represents more than a new security solution – it’s a fundamental change in how we approach network security. By moving security to the edge and focusing on user identity rather than network location, SASE provides the flexibility and scalability needed in today’s dynamic business environment.

As organizations grapple with the security challenges of remote work and cloud adoption, SASE offers a promising path forward. It’s not just about keeping up with the latest trends—it’s about future-proofing your network security strategy.

Before we wrap up, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about SASE.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is SASE?

SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) is a network architecture that combines WAN capabilities with network security functions like CASB, FWaaS, and Zero Trust and delivers them as a cloud service.

How does SASE differ from traditional network security?

Unlike traditional network security, which is centered around the data center, SASE focuses on the identity of the user or device. This allows for consistent security policies regardless of location.

Is SASE suitable for small businesses?

Yes, SASE can benefit businesses of all sizes. As cyber threats become more sophisticated, even small businesses must be vigilant to protect their critical assets.

How long does it take to implement SASE?

The size and complexity of your network determine the implementation time. We can provide a more accurate timeline through an assessment and collaboration with SASE providers in our network.

Can SASE improve network performance?

Yes, SASE can often improve network performance by optimizing traffic routing and reducing latency, especially for cloud-based applications.

Ready to learn more about how SASE can benefit your organization? Trust Technology Consultants exists to help our clients navigate the ever-increasing complexities of technology, including SASE. Contact us, and we’ll help you determine the best SASE solution for your business and budget.