Just weeks after closing what was the largest funding round in the company’s history, said to demonstrate its leadership in one of 2020’s most dynamic markets, Cato Networks has launched its first application programming interface (API) to a global secure access service edge (SASE) platform.
With the drastic increase in remote working due to the Covid-19 outbreak, SASE has come of age rapidly since the term was first coined by research firm Gartner in August 2019, when it published its paper The future of network security is in the cloud, detailing how SASE is the natural evolution of two trends: network as a service and network security as a service.
SASE offerings have the potential to upend traditional networking and security. A summer 2020 investigation into the attitudes of IT leaders in the post-Covid-19 environment found that, despite the emergence and rapid take-up of software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN), 55% of organisations favour the emerging single cloud service model of SASE, which converges SD-WAN features with cloud-based security services for remote workers and devices.
Cato sees SASE as a multibillion-dollar market that will become increasingly competitive, and said it is expanding its ability to build out SASE