SASE: a C-suite priority

How leaders are adopting SASE as an enabler for business differentiation

In today’s digital economy, organizations of all sizes face increasing cyber threats that are putting their business ambitions at risk. However, many in the C-suite still delegate responsibility to their network and security teams rather than putting it at the center of their business agenda. For success, they should work closely with their Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO).

The digital economy is a rich target for cyber criminals. According to Orange Cyberdefense Security Navigator 2024, in the first nine months of 2023, the number of ransomware victims globally increased by 79% – the highest number ever recorded.

One of the reasons for this increase is that cyber criminals are rapidly adopting artificial intelligence (AI), which has driven a significant growth in attack volumes and complexity. Executive sponsorship and an ecosystem approach to security are necessary to counter them.

SASE – the digital business enabler

A secure access service edge (SASE) strategy can help to address these growing concerns head-on. It is a methodology that converges cloud-native security services with networking capabilities. It protects users and gives them the performance they expect wherever they log on, regardless of device. This supports the business needs of a distributed hybrid workforce that uses dispersed resources, for example.

However, despite its importance, SASE is often delegated to IT and cybersecurity teams and remains hidden from the boardroom agenda because it is seen as an IT issue. Typically, security is primarily prioritized on the C-suite agenda in response to a major breach – but by that point, the damage is done.

Without a strategic focus on SASE, there is a risk that organizations will suffer from vendor sprawl and tool bloat. This can make monitoring and incident response slower and much more complex.

In this whitepaper, we look at why the C-suite should address cybersecurity and network operations directly. Executive leadership can help drive the organization’s business-wide SASE strategy to deliver a scalable, robust and, most importantly, secure user-to-cloud experience.