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Can Browser-Native Security Stop Web Attacks?

Vivek Ramachandran of SquareX on Why the SASE/SSE Model Is Inadequate
Vivek Ramachandran, founder and CEO, SquareX

Interest in SASE/SSE technologies is growing as organizations and vendors move toward consolidated networking and security platforms. But SASE has not been able to deliver on its promise of protecting enterprise users, according to Vivek Ramachandran, founder and CEO, SquareX.

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For secure web gateways, for example, "we feel that the [SASE/SSE] model is broken and there is a browser-native agent required," Ramachandran said. When Gartner introduced SASE/SSE, enterprises felt they would be protected and at least "tick off another checkbox" for compliance, he said, but it turned out that "adopting SASE is quite painful." Employees are the weakest link in the organization's security chain.

"Most employees in a cloud-first world are spending 90% of their time using a web browser. The browser is the most important application but also the least understood and the least secure," Ramachandran said.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2024, Ramachandran discussed:

  • The challenges in adopting SASE;
  • The weaknesses in secure web gateways and web application firewalls;
  • Strategies for mitigating web attacks.

Ramachandran founded Pentester Academy, which has trained thousands of customers from government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and smaller enterprises from over 90 countries. Pentester Academy was acquired by INE in 2021.

About the Author

Rahul Neel Mani

Rahul Neel Mani

Founding Director of Grey Head Media and Vice President of Community Engagement and Editorial, ISMG

Neel Mani is responsible for building and nurturing communities in both technology and security domains for various ISMG brands. He has more than 25 years of experience in B2B technology and telecom journalism and has worked in various leadership editorial roles in the past, including incubating and successfully running Grey Head Media for 11 years. Prior to starting Grey Head Media, he worked with 9.9 Media, IDG India and Indian Express.

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