What is Security Service Edge?

Updated: Mar 29


In 2019 Gartner first coined the term Secure Access Service Edge (SASE). However, in the “Hype Cycle for Cloud Security, 2021” Gartner refers to Security Service Edge (SSE), and since published the "2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SSE".


In this blog post, we dive into this latest term, why it is different from SASE and why your business should adopt an SSE strategy.


What is SSE?

SSE is a term defined by Gartner referring to the evolving security stack needed to successfully achieve a SASE convergence, including technology capabilities such as:

  • Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)

  • Secure Web Gateway (SWG)

  • Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)

  • Firewall-as-a-Service (FWaaS)

SSE secures access to the web, cloud services and private applications. Capabilities include access control, threat protection, data security, security monitoring and acceptable use control, all enforced by network- and API-based integration.- Gartner