Logicalis sparks Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Market In Asia, we help our customers overcome initial deployment challenges through a managed security approach to protection.
At the heart of these efforts are service offerings designed to address ongoing security strategy and skills roadblocks as cyber hackers step up their efforts to destabilize the region.
Lim Tsu Pheng, CTO of Logicalis Asia, said: “But the reality is that small businesses face the same threats as large businesses.
“However, these companies lack the resources to research, assess, design, monitor, and manage all the necessary security technologies and controls. Control should be within a single platform and managed in a single pane of glass.”
Another key trend impacting the Asian security and SASE market is the shortage of security talent.
Given this, the number of cybersecurity job openings is increasing 350% between 2013 and 2021, 1-3.5 million worldwide. After 2022, the gap is expected to widen further.
“This talent gap is a major threat to organizations, individuals and governments around the world,” said Tsu Pheng.
In response, customers are turning to Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) to close this skills gap and step up their outsourcing plans to increase their level of protection.
“Enterprises can leverage a ready-made pool of security experts and expertise to mitigate this resource gap,” added Tsu Pheng. “We are confident that these trends will definitely boost the managed SASE market over the next six months.”
Assessing market maturity
Originally created by Gartner in 2019the concept of SASE is now entering the lexicon of IT executives, following an adoption process similar to previous “new thing” technologies in the networking space.
“Most networking people know about SD-WAN,” said Andrew Lerner, vice president of research at Gartner. SASE reference Almost 3 years ago.
“And of course, when everyone is aware of the technology and they’re comfortable with it and it’s (relatively) stable at over 25,000 paying customers, they can start absorbing it. Then boom. And we’re definitely seeing the market evolve, and the new “thing” is SASE. “
Fast forward three years — and a global pandemic, A debilitating supply chain crisisongoing geopolitical turmoil and strong economic headwinds – and SASE remains firmly in the ’emerging’ camp.
“Adoption in Asia is just beginning,” said Tsu Pheng. “The impact of the pandemic fueling remote work and reliance on the cloud has accelerated recognition of the benefits of SASE for enterprise digital transformation initiatives, but the region’s maturity is just beginning.”
As Tsu Pheng points out, this low rate of SASE adoption can be attributed to two underlying factors.
“First, the SASE framework requires the placement of various networking and security functions within a single platform,” he said. “Thus companies are faced with the dilemma of choosing a single vendor his solution or considering best-of-breed solutions from multiple vendors.
“The second stumbling block is that large companies often already have significant investments in both hardware and software. It is difficult for these companies to turn to new solutions like SASE.”
However, despite the need to raise market awareness, Tu Peng said that in response to the increasing “severity and complexity” of security attacks across the region, organizations should be He stressed the importance of adopting SASE in a timely manner.
“As threats and challenges loom large, new products like SASE enable enterprises to consolidate both network and security tools into a single management platform that is cost-effective and location-agnostic. ’” he outlined.
The massive shift to hybrid work caused by COVID-19 and sustained by the “new normal” is driving an explosion of applications, increased use of mobile devices, and accelerated adoption of cloud services. brought.
As a result, the attack surface continues to expand rapidly as organizations adopt new digital technologies, increasing exposure levels in the process.
“SASE is a compelling response to the challenges of this new borderless frontier,” said Tsu Pheng. “With the SASE framework, security policy enforcement remains consistent regardless of where the data is sent or who the user is. A far cry from a VPN connection for security verification.
“Organizational IT teams must deploy SASE frameworks, rethink network and security access centralization in multi-cloud environments, and manage access consistently for apps across their lifecycle.”
Customers seek security integration
According to Gartner research, 75% of customers aim to consolidate security vendors by 2022up from 29% in 2020.
Notably, 57% of companies currently less than 10 vendors Within the security space, we are optimizing a handful of partners in key areas of SASE and Extended Detection and Response (XDR).
Gartner vice president John Watts said: “As a result, they’re consolidating the number of security vendors they use.”
Businesses primarily want to: Security vendor integration To “reduce complexity and improve risk posture,” as opposed to budget savings and procurement improvements. Specifically, he expects 65% of firms to improve their internal overall risk posture, while only 29% of firms expect to reduce spending on licensing. .
“Cost optimization should not be the primary driver of vendor consolidation,” Watts advised. “Organizations looking to optimize costs will have to cut products, licenses and features or ultimately renegotiate contracts.”
In the context of vendor consolidation, 41.5% of customers plan to adopt SASE by the end of 2022.
“Adopting the SASE framework can be a challenge for most companies,” said Tsu Pheng. “The biggest hurdle for companies is migrating their existing security protection model to a different architecture.
“Nowadays, most companies deploy network-centric security and assume that once a network is secured, everyone on that particular network is safe. We need to get back to this aggregation point before heading to.”
However, SASE tightens security where traffic resides: user and application endpoints.
“So no matter where the user is, where the application resides, or what device they use, the same consistent policy enforcement and access control is applied across the board,” Tsu Pheng said. I will explain. “Choosing to move a company from one model to another can be difficult, and ‘controlled’ play is key here.”
Maximizing Managed SASE
To accelerate the adoption of SASE — At the same time, we recognize customer demand for integrated vendors and products. — Logicalis acts as an MSSP to help customers proactively address ongoing security challenges.
Under Tsu Pheng’s guidance, the specialist provider will help guide customers through the “evaluate, design, deploy, monitor, and manage” stages of SASE deployments, as well as manage the complexity of the solution throughout its lifecycle. Helpful.
“Companies can fill the skills gap by leveraging their existing security and networking capabilities to meet their needs,” he added.
“Organizations leveraging managed SASE products benefit from proven adoption plans with structured change management processes, are powered by SASE Zero Trust, and have access to proven best practices. Companies can then refocus their existing teams on more strategic IT and security practices.”
In addition to managing the SASE lifecycle, Tsu Pheng also mentioned the global scale of Logicalis’ MSSP security team, which provides round-the-clock support to its Asian customers.
“By monitoring our network security environment through our SASE platform, our MSSP team members are able to triage incidents and escalate only the most critical alerts that require attention, thereby increasing the visibility of security and IT teams. It can reduce alert fatigue.”
One such example was a financial institution customer in Singapore who needed a solution that housed end-to-end security controls. This enables compliance with the Singapore Monetary Authority’s Technology Risk Management (TRM) regulations.
“We aligned their requirements and risk priorities with our Zero Trust Framework approach, which resulted in deploying a SASE solution to manage threat detection and response,” said Tsu Pheng. Mr. outlined. “This cut his time to market by six months, which he would not have been able to achieve if he had taken a DIY approach instead.
Ultimately, a well-established MSSP partnership approach is essential to ensuring that your organization leverages industry best practices. “