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New 2022 SASE Market Trends Study Shows Solutions Exceed Expectations in Remote Work Connectivity and Security

New 2022 SASE Market Trends Study Shows Solutions Exceed Expectations in Remote Work Connectivity and Security
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New 2022 SASE Market Trends Study Shows Solutions Exceed Expectations in Remote Work Connectivity and Security

DALLAS AND SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(COMMERCIAL WIRE)–masergythe software-defined network and cloud platform for the digital enterprise, and fortniteA global leader in comprehensive, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today published the results of a new research study of Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) from chief information officer. The findings show that recent trends are accelerating investments in SASE solutions with recognized benefits that exceed expectations in five key categories, notably remote work connectivity and security performance.

This trend is why Fortinet and Masergy teamed up in 2020 to offer a highly differentiated SASE architecture that converges security and networking. The SASE offer provided by Masergy is created using Fortinet Secure SD-WAN, which converges highly scalable SD-WAN, next-generation firewall, advanced routing, and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) into a single solution. Combined with Masergy’s global software-defined network, 24/7 security and network management services, industry-leading service level agreements, and exceptional customer experience, SASE’s joint offering helps redefine what’s possible for forward-thinking businesses.

“An overwhelming majority of respondents (98%) believe that network and security convergence is critical or very important,” said Franz Chavez, vice president of solutions engineering at Masergy, now part of Comcast Business. “We know that building intelligence across disciplines is essential in a world where work is no longer defined by location. Network and security teams require new ways to work together, across domains and resources with shared visibility to generate actionable insights. That is where SASE is gaining strength.”

Other notable findings from the CIO SASE 2022 Market Trend Study include:

  • 94% of respondents say their adoption of SASE solutions has accelerated due to the need to make digital services and/or remote/hybrid work sustainable in the long term.

  • The top four challenges driving interest in SASE solutions are:

    • Cloud security, including visibility and control of cloud environments (52%);

    • Innovation, including cloud application migration and artificial intelligence (44%);

    • Security strategy, including Zero Trust implementation (41%); Y

    • Network security, including removing connectivity barriers without compromising security (36%)

  • Comparing benefits anticipated to benefits experienced, SASE solutions exceed user expectations in the areas of:

    • Remote work connectivity (38% anticipated vs. 59% experienced)

    • Security performance (55% anticipated vs. 69% experienced)

    • Cost savings (33% anticipated vs. 45% experienced)

    • Visibility into the IT environment (33% anticipated vs. 43% experienced)

    • User experience (44% anticipated vs. 52% experienced)

  • When selecting SASE solutions, respondents prioritize:

    • SD WAN: Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) became the most important core capability with Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) in second place and Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) in third place.
    • Network, cloud and endpoint security: When it comes to value-added features, respondents rate highly:

      • Network security (91%)

      • Flexibility to implement security in the cloud or on premises (91%)

      • Endpoint security protections (91%)

    • Unified platform: 95% want a common operating system for their SASE solution
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI): 91% consider it very important that their SASE solution includes AI tools and functions
    • Supplier consolidation: 87% prefer solutions made by three or fewer vendors
    • Managed services: Nearly all respondents indicate a need for help with SASE, including six in ten (63%) using a managed service provider for implementation and even more (75%) relying on vendors for ongoing SASE management

“As employees return to the office and organizations embrace a more hybrid work model to allow employees to work from anywhere, we see more IT teams discovering that for SASE to be implemented effectively, one platform Secure SD-WAN must be at its foundation and consistent on premises and in the cloud,” said Jonathan Nguyen-Duy, vice president, global field CISO, Fortinet. “Overall, organizations that choose solutions rooted in security-driven networking principles will ultimately be the most successful in ensuring optimal security and connectivity between data centers, branch offices, edges and a workforce. remote work.

foundry chief information officer — the executive-level IT media brand providing insights into business technology leadership — conducted the research on behalf of Masergy and Fortinet. More than 200 IT decision makers (at director level and above) in more than eight industries were surveyed. Respondents included IT leaders working at US-based companies with at least $2.4B in revenue.

Download the full research report

About Masergy

Recognized as a pioneer in software-defined networking, Masergy is a leading secure cloud networking platform for global enterprise businesses. Masergy harnesses artificial intelligence to enable superior application performance, offering managed SD-WAN, security, Unified Communications as a Service (UcaaS) and Contact Center as a Service (CcaaS) solutions.

masergy was acquired by Comcast Business in October 2021, combining the power and scale of the Comcast network with Masergy’s industry-leading SLAs and exceptional customer experience to redefine what’s possible for forward-thinking businesses. Learn more and follow us on our blog Transforming Enterprise IT, Twitter @Masergy, LinkedInY Facebook.

About Comcast Business

Comcast Business offers a suite of connectivity, communications, networking, cybersecurity, wireless and managed solutions to help organizations of all sizes prepare for what’s ahead. Powered by the nation’s largest gig-speed broadband network and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider for small and medium-sized businesses and one of the leading service providers for the business market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by analysts and industry associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest growing Ethernet service providers.

For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social networks

About Fortinet

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) enables a digital world we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and government organizations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform offers broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranked #1 in most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 580,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of the Fortinet Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), offers one of the largest and most comprehensive training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available. for all. Learn more at, the fortinet-blogeither FortiGuard Laboratories.

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