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Reimagining the WAN


Terry Slattery  (Principal Consultant, NetCraftsmen)

Date: Tuesday, March 9

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Track: Conference Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Steadily gaining traction over the last few years, SD-WAN has come to the fore as enterprises work at modernizing their network architectures to address requirements such as support for multiple clouds, connected devices/IoT, and — since the pandemic — a largely remote workforce. However, as more applications get consumed from the cloud and the network edge extends to employee homes, security issues get harder to separate from the network. Many see the answer in integrating security and network controls, and this has led to the rise of secure access service edge (SASE) technology and its convergence with SD-WAN.

In this session, you’ll discover the evolving role of SD-WAN and SASE, learn why it’s crucial to rethink your WAN strategy around software-based, automated, and centralized management and control of security policies, uncover the best ways to identify and get to the root cause of poorly performing edge devices.


  • Understand the role of SD-WAN and SASE, and how your enterprise can benefit by converging the two
  • Learn how to bake security into network policies
  • Learn the differences between SASE, VPN, and zero-trust approaches
  • Discover how to assess and make the most of edge functionality