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Can SASE help organizations with the IT Talent Gap?

As per a recent report by Team Lease Digital, India had 40,000 job openings for cybersecurity professionals as of May 2023. However, 30% of these vacancies could not be filled due to the huge skill shortage.  This lack of talent in this area could lead to inadequate threat detection, weaker security and compliance issues, a gap that needs to be resolved.

To address this gap, organizations are looking to outsource day-to-day operations and maintenance to IT and security providers.

Here are seven ways a SASE solution can help:

Continuously Updated Security

Staying ahead of cyber threats requires real-time defense mechanisms. A SASE solution provides the latest threat intelligence to automatically block the newest malware and phishing sites. This minimizes the manpower needed to keep your firewalls and gateways up to date and ready to block the very latest threats, and removes the need for manually checking and updating solutions with the latest threat intel.

Effortless Patch Management

The traditional patching process can take up a substantial amount of IT resources and time. With a SASE solution, the responsibility of patching for vulnerabilities in gateways, browsers, applications, and systems is shifted to the cloud security (SASE) provider. Instead of patching for new vulnerabilities every weekend, a cloud IPS ensures that systems are virtually patched and protected, so your organization is safe even if you haven’t had time to patch the systems themselves.

Streamlined Backup and Restore

SASE solutions offer cloud-based backup and restore services, meaning you can offload the responsibility of periodically creating backups, managing them and restoring them as this functionality is maintained by your service provider in the cloud.

Automated Scaling for Optimal Performance

Seasonal peaks can stress traditional infrastructures, as new users need access to critical business resources, whether those resources are web, SaaS or private applications. SASE solutions alleviate the pressure by providing automated scaling capabilities, leveraging the elasticity of private or public clouds, to ensure optimal performance during high-demand periods. Additionally, SASE accommodates the challenges that come with mergers and acquisitions by seamlessly integrating new entities into the network.

Built-in BC/DR

SASE solutions come with business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) capabilities as part of the cloud service. Need to plan for a force majeure such as a fire, flood or earthquake? SASE solutions normally provide redundant PoPs in the same availability region so you can maintain a fast local connection to your cloud security provider and remain productive.

Task Automation

A key benefit of SASE is its ability to automate the creation of tasks. By streamlining operations and following up with your current help desk systems and chat (e.g. ServiceNow, Jira, Teams), SASE solutions simplify IT operations. This enables IT teams to focus on strategic initiatives rather than manual routine tasks.

Reduced Administrative Overhead

The consolidation of core network security products within a single SASE platform significantly reduces day-to-day overhead. This allows you to manage everything in one platform for ZTNA, SWG, FW, DLP, AV and more. One platform means your organization can maximize the efficiency of their existing IT teams.

Author- Harish Kumar GS, Head of Sales, India and SAARC, Check Point Software Technologies

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