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StarHub's new Managed SASE enterprise service provides connectivity and security to workers anywhere, including those at home

By Liu Hongzuo - on 31 May 2021, 12:06pm

StarHub's new Managed SASE enterprise service provides connectivity and security to workers anywhere, including those at home

A workplace network diagram featuring StarHub Managed SASE at the security layer. All traffic is processed at the cloud, reducing strain on office IT infrastructure, while playing nicely with legacy setups (SD-WANs and VPNs). Typically, the security and processing happen on office servers, which can strain the system during peak working hours.

StarHub today (31 May 2021) launched its Managed Secure Access Service Edge (Managed SASE) service in partnership with Palo Alto Networks, making it easier for workplaces to streamline their security needs, regardless of their employee's location.

As the name implies, StarHub's Managed SASE (pronounced "sassy") helps companies handle its policies around threat prevention, web filtering, DNS security, and data protection across its entire network infrastructure. Managed SASE does so by processing the employee's or work device's traffic in the cloud using Palo Alto Networks's cloud-delivered security, Prisma Access.

Instead of traditional routing where all employee data traffic clogs up the office pipes, the protection happens at the edge in real-time. There's less strain on on-premise office IT hardware even as employees use and access corporate files and apps when Managed SASE processes traffic in the cloud.

If implemented, the protection cuts across various edge uses, be it an employee WFHing or the branch offices under the main HQ.

StarHub's Managed SASE service packs on both threat protection and digital multi-site network management in a single service, on top of 24/7 after-sales support. It matters not if the workplace runs on VPNs, SD-WANs, fibre broadband, 5G, or 4G, etc. Managed SASE helps scan the employee's online traffic without requiring a re-route back to the company's office HQ. StarHub's integrated approach also means that the service can play nicely with traditional and new network deployment strategies.

StarHub Managed SASE key features.

The two overarching features of StarHub Managed SASE help simplify previously complex network protection needs while also helping workplaces manage their bandwidth without requiring significant investment in additional routing hardware for added protection. All this happens via one vendor - StarHub - and it's done via an easy-to-use online portal by the green telco.

"We recognise that due to the massive shift to remote work, enterprise security and IT teams are re-strategising and transforming their infrastructure to serve more people accessing corporate systems from wherever they are, often over unsecured connections. In response, we are challenging traditional hardware-based security and network designs in collaboration with Palo Alto Networks, to offer our enterprise customers significantly simpler and more flexible security, managed as a service. By moving to the cloud with StarHub, enterprises can deploy customisable security policies company-wide and scale network resources up or down according to bandwidth demands, all without the hassle of hardware ownership and managing multiple vendors," said Charlie Chan, Chief, Enterprise Business Group, StarHub.

So, if your boss tells you that you can't work from home because of network security needs, go ahead and drop the StarHub Managed SASE official web page to your IT lead. According to StarHub, Managed SASE pricing are customisable based on the workplace's requirements.

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