GigaOm Radar for Security Service Edge (SSE)v1.0

Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Market Categories and Deployment Types
  3. Decision Criteria Comparison
  4. GigaOm Radar
  5. Solution Insights
  6. Analyst’s Outlook
  7. About Ivan McPhee

1. Executive Summary

Designed to address the evolving needs of modern enterprises as they navigate the complexities of cloud adoption, remote work, and digital transformation, security service edge (SSE) is a transformative cybersecurity framework. SSE is part of the broader secure access service edge (SASE) framework but focuses exclusively on the security services aspect, which aligns with market preferences for separating security and networking services. This shift toward a more integrated and cloud-centric security posture is in response to the increasing sophistication of cyberthreats and the growing adoption of cloud services.

At its core, SSE converges multiple cloud-delivered security services, including cloud access security broker (CASB), firewall as a service (FWaaS), secure web gateway (SWG), and zero-trust network access (ZTNA) into a unified, cloud-based platform that ensures secure access to the web, cloud services, and private applications. By shifting security closer to users and devices, SSE enhances protection, reduces latency, and ensures secure access to cloud-based resources.

Furthermore, the importance of SSE stems from its ability to adapt security measures to where workloads, devices, and users are at any point in time, enhancing protection and ensuring secure access to resources regardless of location in today’s remote work and cloud-centric landscape—where traditional perimeter-based security models fall short. Moreover, by addressing the basic security concerns associated with cloud transition, digital business enablement, and remote work, SSE is evolving as an essential element for constructing cloud and networking security that can accelerate digital transformation by securing enterprise cloud services, private applications, and software as a service (SaaS).

As the SSE market evolves, we expect to see significant growth driven by demand for more agile, scalable, and integrated security solutions that can support the dynamic needs of businesses. Key trends shaping the future of SSE include the integration of advanced AI/ML technologies for better threat detection, the emphasis on zero-trust principles, and the need for solutions that offer seamless integration with existing IT infrastructures. In preparation, organizations must understand the SSE vendor landscape, evaluate integration capabilities, and adopt phased implementation strategies to ensure a smooth transition to these more advanced security models.

This is our first year evaluating the SSE space in the context of our Key Criteria and Radar reports. This GigaOm Radar report evaluates 16 of the top SSE solutions and compares offerings against the capabilities (table stakes, key features, and emerging features) and nonfunctional requirements (business criteria) outlined in the companion Key Criteria report. Together, these reports provide an overview of the market, identify leading SSE offerings, and help decision-makers evaluate these solutions so they can make a more informed investment decision.


The GigaOm Key Criteria report provides a detailed decision framework for IT and executive leadership assessing enterprise technologies. Each report defines relevant functional and nonfunctional aspects of solutions in a sector. The Key Criteria report informs the GigaOm Radar report, which provides a forward-looking assessment of vendor solutions in the sector.

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