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How a SASE Solution Helps with Port Forwarding and Remote Work

June 14th, 2023 | 3 min. read

By Jordan Pioth

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Your organization may have trouble sending important data to external users. Further, if your organization may also have trouble supporting your remote work environment.

If these problems are affecting your employees, your agents, partners, and customers, they may not be able to access important files.

Your remote employees may also have a difficult time connecting to the network and communicating with other employees and customers.

Coeo knows how important a reliable network is to an organization and has delivered SASE solutions to thousands of customers to improve their networks.

We want you to know how SASE can help with port forwarding and remote work so you can determine if SASE is a good fit for your organization.

By the end of this article, you will know what SASE is, what port forwarding is, how SASE can help with port forwarding, and how SASE can help with remote work.

What is SASE?

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is a cybersecurity network that combines a wide area network (WAN) and a security system into one cloud-based system.

Network structure has not changed fundamentally in over 20 years. However, with remote work being much more prevalent today, continuing to rely on these legacy approaches to security has potentially negative consequences.

The increase in remote users and increased data movement to the cloud have created this need for better security.

SASE identifies users and devices moving within the cloud network and applies policy-based security resulting in secure access to data anywhere.

SASE allows for constant security across a network allowing for data to be delivered straight to a connection source instead of having to be sent to a data center to be monitored.

What is port forwarding?

Port forwarding, allows remote servers and devices on the internet to access devices that are on a private network without having access to the network.

If you are not using port forwarding, only devices on that private network can access information being sent. If you are not able to grant access to an outside source, chances are you have strong network security.

Even if you are unable to grant access to an external user network security is an important tool that allows you to protect your data from being compromised by malicious actors while keeping outside sources from penetrating your network.

However, there are times when you need to grant access to external users such as customers and business partners to share and review contract documents or other data residing on your network. Port forwarding will help you do that.

Port forwarding works by configuring an internal IP address on the firewall and then associating that IP address with an external IP address that other devices on the Internet know how to reach.

This enables you to be seen on a private network while still being protected from outside sources. Doing this allows you to access files and data that are on the private network.

How SASE can help with port forwarding safely

A SASE solution can help your organization safely port forward. Because SASE is more of a network security solution, it will allow you to port forward while also maintaining strong and reliable security.

In addition, since SASE is a customizable solution, your organization can customize the security of your solution.

By using SASE technology, you can easily configure port forwarding rules and policies that are the best fit for your organization.

These rules and policies protect your organization while also allowing data to be sent from one device to another while maintaining the network’s security.

SASE ensures that all data is encrypted and inspected for malware, viruses, and other threats.

How SASE can help with remote work

SASE can help organizations operating in a remote environment. The main ways a SASE solution can enhance a remote work environment include:

Better security

SASE solutions are integrated into the device of the user instead of at specific locations.

Because of this, a SASE solution provides security wherever the user goes making it very beneficial to use in a remote work environment.

Other security solutions are only integrated into the organization’s location making it ineffective in a remote work environment.

Remote management

A SASE solution allows your IT team to manage and set up access for office-located employees and remote workers.

A SASE solution brings much better visibility to your network and allows you to make changes for your remote workers.

If your team would like to set up provisioning access, security policies, or monitor network activity, SASE can help you accomplish this.

Low latency

Typically, if your employees work remotely, they will likely experience higher latency and slower page load times. Home WIFI generally is a weaker connection than the WIFI in the organization’s office.

However, a SASE solution will provide low latency to employees working remotely and allow them to have a stronger network connection and better security.

Next steps to implementing a SASE solution

Now you know what SASE is, what port forwarding is, how SASE can help with port forwarding, and how SASE can help with remote work.

This will allow you to determine if your organization can benefit from a SASE solution.

If you do not use SASE to port forward safely, you could expose your network to a cyberattack.

Additionally, if you are not utilizing a SASE solution in a remote work environment, your remote employees may have to deal with poor network connectivity and weakened security.

This can lead to decreased productivity and expose your network to a cyberattack.

Coeo has delivered SASE solutions to thousands of customers in order to improve their network reliability and the security of their infrastructure.

We want you to understand how SASE can help with port forwarding and remote work so you can determine if SASE is right for your organization.

If you would like to speak with our team to learn more about SASE or ask any questions you may have you can schedule an appointment.TALK TO AN EXPERT

Now you know how SASE helps with port forwarding. Read this article to learn about Coeo's SASE platform and if it is right for your organization:

Jordan Pioth

When he's not creating content for Coeo, Jordan loves to watch sports, hang out with friends and family, and anything sneaker-related.