‘Security service edge’ splits off from SASE in new Gartner Magic Quadrant

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Although this category is only a few years old at the moment, Secure Access Service Age (SASE) has gained momentum in the market in a short period of time. Now, Gartner – the research firm whose analysts coined the term SASE in 2019 – is splitting the segment from one segment to another in an indication of how the cyber security market is evolving.

In fact, Gartner had already split this last summer, with the introduction of the term “Security Service Age” (SSE) – a solution category focused on securing cloud services, private applications and web access.

But today, the research firm revealed what everyone was really waiting for: the inaugural Magic Quadrant ranking of the top sellers in the SSE market.

In its Magical Quarter for Security Service Edge, Gartner includes a total of 11 vendors, with three “leaders” in the quarter – Zscaler, Netskope, and McAfee Enterprise.

The other six companies were listed as “honorable mentions” in Gartner’s new report, but by the end of August 2021, they were left out of the Magic Quadrant due to a lack of key SSE functionality (Microsoft among them).

Safety of remote workers

SASE’s idea is to offer a more dynamic and decentralized security architecture than existing network security architectures, as it is responsible for the large number of users, devices, applications and data that are now located outside the enterprise perimeter.

SASE offers a flexible and “anywhere, anytime” approach to providing secure remote access by delivering multiple capabilities, including Secure Web Gateway (SWG), to protect devices from web-based threats; Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), which acts as an intermediary between users and cloud providers to ensure the implementation of security policies; Next-generation firewalls; And Zero-Trust Network Access (ZTNA), which takes into account the context before giving the application remote access – such as identity, location and device health.

SASE may include other capabilities, but these are the four major capabilities that Gartner analysts have shown in the past.

An easy way to understand SSE, vs. SASE, that is, the security service edge separates the primary security elements from the networking (i.e. firewall) part of SASE. Gartner’s Magic Quadrant report lists SWG, CASB and ZTNA as essential components of a complete security service edge offering.

New architecture

With this split, the idea is possible that consumers do not always want or need a firewall as part of their remote access solution. (Zscaler CEO Jay Chowdhury would argue that Zero Trust brings, in fact, an architecture as opposed to a traditional network firewall.)

And last year, Gartner introduced its Magic Quadrant for network firewalls for the first time – which overlaps with the SSE Magic Quadrant on just four vendors (more on that below). Thus, SASE Magic Quartet, Gartner was to produce one, based on their valuation it will now have only four vendors.

Did we know that SSE, and not SASE, is really the biggest need in the market? We will see In its Magic Quadrant report, Gartner predicts that 80% of organizations that offer SSE in-vein security services will prefer a unified platform rather than standalone solutions (i.e. standalone CASB, SWG and ZTNA). That’s up 15% from last year, Gartner said.

For now, here are a few more details on where the leaders and the rest of the vendors landed in Gartner’s 2022 SSE Magic Quadrant. Gartner’s ranking is based on vendor’s ability to execute on product / service, key capabilities, overall viability, sales execution / price, market response / record, marketing implementation and customer experience. Other criteria include “perfection of vision” in areas such as market understanding, marketing / sales strategy, product strategy and innovation.

‘Leaders’ in SSE


In a news release, Zscaler stated that its solution “uses proxy-based architecture. [that’s] Built on an industry-leading SSE framework for optimal security, data security with full SSL monitoring, an excellent user experience, and users never network, connecting directly to the application to remove the attack surface. “

“Zero Trust Exchange is powered by the world’s largest security cloud, with 10+ years of operational excellence enabling us to process 200B + daily transactions and prevent 150M + threats per day for the world’s largest, most demanding organizations,” the company said.


In a news release, Netscope stated that its solution is “a wide range of technology-enabled technologies enabling secure enterprise digital transformation and secure work-from-connectivity using Integrated Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Secure Web Gateway (CASB). SSE (SWG), and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) capabilities, including Remote Browser Isolation (RBI) and Cloud Firewall.

“Netskope’s architecture also includes NewEdge, the world’s fastest growing and most connected private cloud, enabling quick and secure access to data, apps and websites from wherever they live,” the company said.

McAfee Enterprise

When the company, created from a combination of McAfee Enterprise and FireEye, rebranded as Trellix last month, the plan is to spin out a separate company – a business – security services edge portfolio – this quarter. Currently, however, the SSE business is run under the name McAfee Enterprise.

In a news release, McAfee Enterprise SSE Business stated that its Mvision Unified Cloud Edge (UCE) solution provides a comprehensive, converged approach to security. (SWG), a market-leading cloud access security broker (CASB), and empowers the industry’s first data-aware Zero Trust Access Network (ZTNA) solution. Cloud and network transformation for enterprise users. “

In addition to SWG, CASB, and ZTNA, Mvision UCE also provides Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Remote Browser Isolation (RBI), and Firewall-A-A-Service (FWaaS), along with “enabling comprehensive data and threat security,” Fast and secure direct-to-Internet access for a distributed workforce, ”the news release said.

Full list

Here is the full list of vendors in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Service Edge (including notation that vendors overlap with 2021 Magic Quadrant for network firewalls):

McAfee Enterprise

Palo Alto Networks (ranked as leader in network firewalls MQ)
Cisco (ranked as Challenger in Network Firewalls MQ)

Bitglass, now owned by ForcePoint

Exclusive players
Forcepoint (ranked as the exclusive player in Network Firewalls MQ)
Versa (ranked as a dreamer in the network firewalls MQ)

Honorable mentions
Cato Networks
Cloud Flair
Menlo security

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