Zscaler CEO Jay Chaudhry On Why He Touts Zero Trust, Not SASE
‘With SASE, I think Gartner says it’s SD-WAN plus SSE. SD-WAN is anti-zero trust,’ Chaudhry said in a recent interview with CRN.
Do you foresee a world that doesn’t have firewalls in the future?
Almost, but not quite. Firewalls will become like mainframes. I used to sell mainframes during my days at IBM. A bunch of them are still there, running somewhere. But they become incidental, because the world they were designed for was different. Firewalls are designed for knowing that your servers are sitting in these data centers, and they need to be protected — that castle-and-moat. Now your data is everywhere. You’re not really trying to create these castles with firewalls. You are connecting the right party to the right party. And these parties are not even exposed to the internet. We, as a switchboard, are connecting them [to their applications]. We connect the people so their applications go dark from the internet, they can’t be discovered. It’s the opposite model. It’s not securing the network. The network is nothing but plumbing.