A New Secure Access Service Edge Solution Converging Networking and Security for the Hybrid Workforce


Palo Alto Networks has introduced Prisma SASE, a new secure access service edge solution that ensures organisations stay secure and productive while working fluidly between branch offices and home offices, and on the road.

According to the State of Hybrid Workforce Security 2021 report, 61% of Australian organisations have struggled to provide the necessary remote security to support work-from-home capabilities — accelerating the critical need for SASE to improve the security, connectivity and productivity for hybrid workers.

“Hybrid work is here to stay, and organisations are in need of a solution that enables them to secure all applications used by their employees on their network regardless of location — remote, mobile or from the office,” said Anand Oswal, senior vice president of products, Firewall as a Platform at Palo Alto Networks. “Prisma SASE is a massively distributed cloud service that provides the industry’s most complete SASE solution on the market, making it extremely easy for organisations to scale and secure their hybrid workforce while delivering an exceptional user experience.”

“Organisations are actively deploying applications across data centres, public clouds and edge locations for workers at home, corporate or remote locations. These highly distributed environments are driving the need for secure connectivity. In fact, ESG research identified that the top network priority for organisations in 2021 is to ensure a tightly integrated network and security solution,” stated Bob Laliberte, senior analyst for ESG. “Palo Alto Networks Prisma SASE enables organisations to fulfil that requirement by delivering a tightly integrated and comprehensive secure access service edge solution that combines security, networking and digital experience management. This includes the ability to leverage active-active 5G wireless WAN with carrier redundancy in the new ION-1200 appliance, highlighting its role as an industry innovator.”

“With Prisma SD-WAN, we’ve been able to transform our retail stores and enable completely new ways to engage with our customers, providing a fluid experience between online and in-store shopping,” said Tommy Meek, Chief Information Officer at Aaron’s, a leading omnichannel provider of lease-to-own home furnishings, consumer electronics, and more. “We think combining Prisma SD-WAN with Prisma Access to provide SASE capabilities can accelerate digital transformation for organisations like ours.”

“AT&T has a critical role in helping businesses transform their network and security infrastructure through SASE,” said Rupesh Chokshi, VP, AT&T Cybersecurity. “Palo Alto Networks’ release of Prisma SASE aligns with our strategy to connect and protect users at scale to drive innovation at the edge.”