Zscaler Unifies SASE and Zero Trust with Powerful AI Engine

Zscaler Unifies SASE and Zero Trust with Powerful AI Engine

By Greg Tavarez, TMCnet Editor  |  January 29, 2024

SASE, a security paradigm that converges wide-area networking and security functions into a unified cloud-based service, often eliminates the need for disparate security tools and complex network configurations for efficient operations. However, traditional SASE solutions lack the granularity and context-awareness necessary for effective zero trust security.

Enter Zscaler and its Zero Trust SASE solution, powered by Zero Trust AI.

Zscaler Zero Trust SASE differentiates itself by integrating zero trust principles with its Zero Trust Exchange platform. This platform leverages real-time threat intelligence and machine learning algorithms to continuously assess risk and dynamically enforce access controls. Unlike legacy security solutions that rely on static rules and perimeter defenses, Zscaler Zero Trust SASE adapts to the often-changing threat landscape.

Zscaler Zero Trust SASE offers a unified architecture that merges networking and security functions into a single cloud-based service, streamlining management and reducing complexity. Its Zero Trust security model employs granular access controls and continuous risk assessment to ensure that only authorized users and devices access sanctioned applications and data.

The system utilizes AI-driven algorithms to analyze vast volumes of data from the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange, swiftly identifying and neutralizing threats in real-time. By replacing traditional MPLS circuits and VPNs with secure direct-to-cloud connections, Zscaler Zero Trust SD-WAN simplifies branch office connectivity, boosting performance while cutting costs.

With Zscaler, organizations can connect its users and devices to apps through a proxy and benefit from integrated AI-powered cyberthreat and data protection capabilities including FWaaS, SWG, CASB and DLP. The platform eliminates point products, reduces cost and complexity, and provides simpler management for IT teams.

IT teams will push granular forwarding policies for internet, SaaS (News - Alert) and private applications; gain centralized visibility and management; and access AI-powered IoT device discovery and classification, bolstering their security posture for users while eliminating the need for additional firewalls and edge routers at branch locations.

“Users and organizations want a café-like branch experience to empower hybrid work,” said Naresh Kumar, Vice President, Product Management, Zscaler. “Employees expect the same seamless and secure access they would have in an office setting, whether they are at home or on the go, without having to access their applications over a slow, cumbersome VPN. Zscaler Zero Trust SD-WAN will connect and secure users, devices, sites and workloads using our single-vendor SASE platform, without the cyber risks of traditional SD-WAN.”

Embracing Zero Trust principles and leveraging the power of AI means that Zscaler will help businesses build secure, agile and cost-efficient networks that support their digital transformation initiatives.

Edited by Alex Passett
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