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Gartner: ‘The Future of Network Security is in the Cloud’

‘Forcepoint is highlighted as a ‘Representative vendor’ within the emerging SASE market.'

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE – pronounced ‘sassy’) is an emerging security and networking architecture model introduced by Gartner in 2019. SASE is the convergence of networking and network security market capabilities into a unified, global cloud-native service.

Digital transformation inverts network and security service design patterns, shifting the focus to the secure interactions of users and data wherever they are — more often outside of traditional enterprise perimeters.

Enterprise architects and security leaders need a rearchitected, converged cloud-delivered secure access service edge to address this shift.

Read the Gartner note to learn about the key findings below, along with Gartner recommendations:

  • "Network security architectures that place the enterprise data centre at the centre of connectivity requirements are an inhibitor to the dynamic access requirements of digital business.
  • Digital business and edge computing have inverted access requirements, with more users, devices, applications, services and data located outside of an enterprise than inside.
  • Complexity, latency and the need to decrypt and inspect encrypted traffic once will increase demand for consolidation of networking and security-as-a-service capabilities into a cloud-delivered secure access service edge (SASE, pronounced “sassy”).
  • Inspecting and understanding data context will be required for applying a SASE policy."

‘By 2024, at least 40% of enterprises will have explicit strategies to adopt SASE, up from less than 1% at year-end 2018.'

Gartner 2019.


Gartner, The Future of Network Security Is in the Cloud; 30 August 2019; Lawrence Orans, Joe Skorupa, Neil MacDonald

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