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Akamai Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)

What is SASE?

Secure access service edge (SASE) is a cloud-based enterprise security framework designed to address the network and security challenges caused by digital business transformation. The move to cloud coupled with increasingly mobile workforces places users, devices, applications, and data outside of the enterprise data center and network, creating an “access pattern inversion.” Introduced by Gartner, the SASE model responds to this inversion delivering networking and network security controls at the edge — as close to users as possible.

SASE Architecture

SASE delivers converged network and security services from a single, globally distributed and cloud-native platform. Scale, acceleration, and edge compute capabilities to delight customers are integrated with Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), web application and API protection as a service (WAAPaaS), and cloud secure web gateway (SWG) services to protect your users. Organizations can secure and enable corporate resources while securing and delivering their sites, applications, and APIs.

SASE Architecture

Benefits of SASE

Enable New Digital Business Scenarios

Today’s users, devices, and resources are located outside the corporate network, beyond the reach of the on-premises security stack. The SASE model enables new digital business scenarios by delivering security controls at the edge, where they are needed.

Strengthen Security

The SASE model delivers security controls as close to the end user as possible for internal resources as well as external-facing sites, applications, and APIs. This improves organizations’ overall security posture and makes it harder for malicious actors to exploit vulnerabilities and launch successful attacks.

Improve Global Scale and Operational Resilience

A SASE framework provides low-latency connectivity and security for users, devices, and services because it is edge native. A worldwide fabric of points of presence (PoPs) delivers networking and security controls without sacrificing performance.

Reduce Complexity and Costs

It is difficult to manage and correlate a multitude of security and networking vendors and tools into a single risk rating. By integrating network and security services, the SASE framework reduces complexity for IT and security teams while increasing visibility and ease of management.

Enable Zero Trust

The foundation of security is trust. SASE architecture uses a multitude of threat and contextual signals to establish trust and ensure secure access to internal resources and the internet. Only authorized, trusted, and inspected users and devices are granted access via ZTNA and SWG solutions.

Increase Effectiveness of Network and Security Staff

Delivering network and security services on one platform reduces friction by securing the network without degrading performance. And building enterprise strategy around a single platform not only aligns security and IT teams, but enables them to work in tandem.


Akamai and SASE

Frameworks like SASE are not meant to be prescriptive, but are rather a starting point for senior technology leaders to evaluate their network and security stack efficiencies. As the world’s largest globally distributed cloud network, the Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform provides the foundation upon which to build and optimize a SASE architecture. Incorporating an edge strategy into technology and security rollouts presents opportunity and adds value to the business.

Akamai and SASE Diagram

Protect the Workforce

Move to a Zero Trust security model. Ensure secure access to internal resources and protect your workforce and corporate devices from threats on the open internet.

Secure Digital Customer Experiences

Protect internet-facing websites, apps, and APIs — regardless of whether they are deployed in data centers or in the public cloud — to run your business, uninterrupted.

Scale and Optimize Network Performance

Bring processing closer to devices and data. Scale and accelerate sites and apps on the world’s largest serverless compute platform.

Getting Started with SASE

Join Akamai CTO Patrick Sullivan and former Gartner Analyst, now Akamai Director of Security Strategy, Siddharth Deshpande for a discussion around secure access service edge (SASE).

How to Implement Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) in 6 Steps

Today's enterprises use over 130 security tools. A SASE framework can consolidate and simplify this reality, but how do you approach incremental implementation? 


How to Combine Speed and Security at the Edge

What is the edge? Learn how the edge relates to SASE and how it supports the main goal of SASE — frictionless security.


What Is Gartner’s SASE and Why Does It Matter?

Cloud-based security and application delivery as-a-service isn’t enough. Smarter security and access decisions are needed.

The Future Is SASE: Here’s What That Means, and How to Get There

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