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IBM Unveils SASE Security Services Powered by Zscaler

IBM Security, which operates a Top 250 MSSP business unit, has announced secure access service edge (SASE) security services that enable its customers to leverage Zscaler technology for zero trust protection. The news comes after IBM in May 2021 announced an alliance partnership with Zscaler.

The SASE security services allow IBM customers to use Zscaler's SASE capabilities for security monitoring and management, the company stated. As such, they can help these customers implement a SASE program that encompasses the following elements:

  • Hybrid Workforce Access: Provides a network access solution based on zero trust methods that can adapt to employees working in and out of an office.
  • Third-Party Access: Allows organizations to define and extend internal workforce policies to contractors and third-party users.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Delivers integrated access management across an organization's identity provider solutions with other companies involved in a merger or acquisition.
  • Network Transformation: Empowers an organization to transition from a traditional network to a cloud-based one.
  • 5G, Edge and Internet of Things (IoT) Protection and Support: Offers branch-to-cloud and edge computing protection.

Organizations can use IBM's SASE security services to leverage distributed working models and safeguard mission-critical services in the cloud, Zscaler CEO Jay Chaudhry. In doing so, they can secure their digital transformation journey.

A Closer Look at IBM and the Global SASE Market

The new SASE security services highlight IBM's push toward hybrid cloud and multi-cloud business opportunities. They also could help the company capitalize on rising demand for SASE services globally.

Worldwide SASE market revenues are expected to reach $1.2 billion in 2021, industry analyst Research and Markets indicated. In addition, these revenues are projected to rise to $4.1 billion by 2026.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.