Update: continuing SASE/ZTNA research yields more insights
TMT Consulting, a part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, was commissioned by Verizon to conduct a qualitative study focused on secure access service edge (SASE) and zero-trust network access (ZTNA).
The objective of the research was to understand business drivers, key decision-making criteria, deployment types, barriers and key learnings from executives directly involved in evaluating and deploying SASE/ZTNA in their organization across Europe and Asia-Pacific. The research revealed three primary ZTNA/SASE benefit groups: business, user, and security operations (SecOps). Key business benefits included strengthened cybersecurity capabilities, edge-to-edge, borderless protection, cost savings and improved support for virtual workers. The main benefits to users were an improved experience due to simplified remote access, reduced or eliminated VPN clients and better network performance. From a SecOps perspective, reduced attack surface and lower susceptibility to vulnerabilities, along with vendor consolidation and tool reduction, simplified management, improved scalability, and enhanced visibility were all cited as key benefits. In a ranking of all benefits, reduced attack surface, lower risk and overall security improvements topped the list.