Pulse Secure, the provider of Secure Access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, announces the launch of a new Community Edition of its powerful software-based virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) to help application developers create innovative application solutions with dramatically lower costs and time to market. Pulse vADC Community Edition integrates easily with common DevOps tools for automated provisioning and orchestration, such as Kubernetes, Terraform, Puppet and Chef, making it easy to start building secure and scalable applications from day one. Launching new applications Pulse Secure is setting the benchmark for try before you buy that competitors will have to follow" “Pulse Secure vADC Community Edition is a free, full-featured application delivery controller that can be used in production scenarios which allows developers and enterprises to accelerate cloud application deployment by removing the hurdle of procurement and tooling. Pulse Secure is setting the benchmark for try before you buy that competitors will have to follow,” said Mike Fratto, senior analyst at 451 Research. Developers can use the Community Edition for commercial applications up to a limit of 10 Mbps, and up to four nodes can be clustered together for high availability, for a maximum aggregate bandwidth of 40 Mbps. The Community Edition is ideal for building and launching new applications, and offers easy in-line upgrades for 24x7 support options and higher throughput to support global-scale applications. Powerful graphical analytics In addition, customers can upgrade seamlessly to Pulse Services Director for flexible capacity-based licensing, and centralised enterprise management features, including powerful graphical analytics with actionable insights, to help understand application behaviour and to diagnose application problems on the network. “Our new Pulse Secure vADC Community Edition is a free-to-download, free-to-use, full-featured virtual application delivery controller (vADC) solution, which developers can use immediately to build smarter applications,” says Prakash Mana, vice president of product management for Pulse Secure. “Customers starting with the Community Edition can then upgrade to Pulse Services Director for enterprise management tools, flexible licensing, technical support and graphical analytics for on-demand applications.” Fully-supported platform Pulse Secure vADC Community Edition offers all the capabilities of the full product with the only limitations being those of scale and support" “Unlike other platforms that have a restriction on certain features within the ‘Free Edition’ – Pulse Secure vADC Community Edition offers all the capabilities of the full product with the only limitations being those of scale and support. Community Edition users still benefit from access to full documentation via the Pulse Community, and the option to migrate to a fully-supported platform or to scale up to higher throughput without the need for downtime,” Prakash adds. Pulse Secure vADC Community Edition is available in three ways. For container deployments, the software can be installed from the Docker Hub without a need to register, giving frictionless access for container and microservices deployment. Transparent pricing models Developers can use one-click access to the Community Edition via cloud marketplaces, such as Amazon AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. Alternatively, downloads of the Community Edition are available from the Pulse Secure website, which offers the latest virtual appliance software images and access to full documentation. Our approach is to offer a low-friction option that is truly cloud-portable, allowing customers to migrate policies across multiple virtual and cloud platforms" “Our approach is to offer a low-friction option that is truly cloud-portable, allowing customers to migrate policies across multiple virtual and cloud platforms, so they are no longer tied to a specific cloud architecture,” says Prakash. “And unlike open source or other entry-level solutions, the Pulse vADC Community Edition includes full enterprise-grade capabilities such as an easy-to-use graphical user interface, global load balancing and web application firewall as an integrated part of the solution, with transparent pricing models for upgrades and flexible licensing.” Orchestration platforms Also highlighting the benefits for Pulse Secure partners, Prakash commented: “Our Community Edition makes it easier for our channel to offer new types of solutions to application developers that can combine with additional tools and orchestration platforms such as Terraform and Kubernetes to streamline proof of concept projects which can move seamlessly to full scale production deployments.” “As online applications become more complex, more distributed and more virtualised, organisations need a broader set of tools to solve performance problems for their web-based services. With Pulse Secure vADC Community Edition, organisations have a simpler way to explore the potential of the software without compromising on the critical features that have become an important part of modern application platform development processes,” Prakash concludes.
Pulse Secure, the provider of Secure Access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, announced the release of Pulse Policy Secure (PPS) 9.0R3 to extend its Zero Trust Security model to IIoT devices and smart factories. The new version enables factories to streamline machinery repairs and diminish costly production downtime through IT-managed secure access. It also secures networks by expanding its behavioural analytics to IoT devices, detecting anomalies and preventing their compromise. “Manufacturing customers are using IoT to retool their factory floors, creating smart production lines that report their health and operational efficiency. One benefit of this approach is that customers can proactively perform preventative or predictive maintenance on machines to avoid costly production outages,” said Prakash Mana, Pulse Secure’s vice president of product management. Remote access for service technicians PPS dynamically profiles the network to discover, classify and apply policy to IoT devices, and includes a built-in IoT device identification library“Our latest Pulse Secure release helps customers not only secure the smart factory floor, but it also helps streamline their maintenance activities by giving service technicians remote access to the equipment they maintain. Regardless if they are on the factory floor or in their remote office, our Zero Trust Security limits technician access to the equipment they maintain and requires that they use secured end-user devices to perform their work.” Pulse Policy Secure (PPS) is an integral part of Pulse Secure’s combined VPN and NAC solution that provides corporate networks with Zero Trust Security through visibility, ‘comply to connect’ policy enforcement and security orchestration with popular network and security infrastructure. PPS dynamically profiles the network to discover, classify and apply policy to IoT devices, and includes a built-in IoT device identification library. The solution also integrates with Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) solutions to provide identity and device security state data, as well as to fortify micro-segmentation to isolate and manage IoT devices on enterprises networks. Provisioning IIoT devices to NGFWs The latest Pulse Policy Secure release helps customers protect factory floor system integrity by providing technicians secure remote access" PPS 9.0 extends the Zero Trust Security model to IIoT devices used in smart factories and buildings, with blended IT and OT environments. It automatically discovers and profiles IIoT systems, such as factory floor SCADAs, PLCs and HMIs, or office building HVAC systems, providing dynamic visibility and securing them by enforcing policies for local and remote access by authorised users and contractors. PPS 9.0 also automatically provisions IIoT devices to next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) to facilitate remote access without provisioning overhead. “A top priority for manufacturing customers is complete visibility and security of IIoT devices on smart factory floor environments. Because failing systems may lead to loss of revenue or human life, customers must emphasise rapid remediation of machines to avoid system outages,” said Tony Massimini, Frost & Sullivan Senior Industry Analyst, Information & Network Security. “The latest Pulse Policy Secure release helps customers protect factory floor system integrity by providing technicians secure remote access. New Behavioural Analytics features also safeguard against attacks by detecting anomalous activity.” Preventing attacks by detecting anomalous activities The new PPS 9.0 IoT support provides practical relief for the frequent and costly issue of factory floor equipment outagesThe latest release of PPS also provides sophisticated behavioural analytics that alert security teams of anomalous IoT device behaviour and automatically requires added factors of authentication. PPS 9.0 builds baseline behaviour profiles for managed and unmanaged IoT devices utilising information correlated from multiple sources such as NetFlow, user and device data. With these profiles, the platform detects anomalous activity, malware infections and domain generation attacks, allowing security teams to be more responsive to threats and take pre-emptive measures before attacks succeed. The new PPS 9.0 IoT support also provides practical relief for the frequent and costly issue of factory floor equipment outages. Aberdeen recently reported that 82 percent of companies reported unplanned downtime in the past three years, which can cost a company as much as $260,000 an hour. Authenticated remote secure access The resulting downtime breaks production and lowers profit, because factory floor repairs often take days when security requirements mandate that service technicians physically visit the factory to diagnose and repair the problem. The latest PPS release works seamlessly with Pulse Connect Secure to solve the problem in an innovative way. These IIoT networks help our customers gain real-time system diagnostics, reduced downtime and overall lower operational costs"The combined NAC and VPN approach enables IT teams to grant remote secure access—authenticated and encrypted—to support contractors for expedited repair and return to service of factory IIoT systems for greater uptime and productivity. IT teams ensure security with remote zero-trust access via auto-provisioned NGFWs, and by enforcing security policies that authenticate contractors based on their technician role, endpoint device status and authorisation to work on the targeted IIoT device. Real-time system diagnostics “Some of our customers operate among the manufacturing and transportation industry’s biggest and most distributed internet-connected device deployments. These IIoT networks help our customers gain real-time system diagnostics, reduced downtime and overall lower operational costs,” said Kirk Hanratty, vice president and chief technical officer at IT security and solutions company SynerComm. “For these and other customers, IIoT drives their business where assuring availability and secure access throughout an IIoT infrastructure is paramount. We have found Pulse Secure’s platform to offer our customers the usability, interoperability and reliability necessary to support large scale IIoT applications.”
Pulse Secure, the provider of Secure Access solutions, announced that analyst firm Frost & Sullivan recognised Pulse Secure among the top four major NAC leaders in the SMB to Large Enterprise segment by market share and among the top three NAC vendors showing the most significant market share gains. The recent Frost & Sullivan ‘2018 Network Access Control (NAC) Market, Global, Forecast to 2022’ report states that network visibility is critical. Every device on a network is a potential attack or reconnaissance point that must be discovered and secured, and the increasing level of malware and cyberattacks are driving NAC investments. Software-driven secure access solutions Pulse Policy Secure delivers a full-featured NAC solution that is easy to deploy, manage and scale NAC vendors have been able to add value to licenses by offering added endpoint posture assessment and remediation services, and integration modules. NAC vendors are delivering improved features and functions for visibility, mobility, BYOD, IoT and automated threat response. The result is sustained growth for the NAC market where revenues are expected to grow from 2017 – 2022 at a 16.9 percent CAGR, reaching $2.1B in 2022. The published report provides an overview of the market including NAC capabilities, technology, drivers, adoption trends and competitive insights. Pulse Secure offers a portfolio of software-driven Secure Access solutions that satisfy usability, contextual intelligence and policy orchestration to support data centre and hybrid IT environments. Sold separately or as part of a Secure Access Suite, Pulse Policy Secure delivers a full-featured NAC solution that is easy to deploy, manage and scale. Highlights of Pulse Secure’s NAC solution: Markets. BYOD, IoT, interoperability and enforcement drive sales in all geographic regions, with financial services, government, healthcare and manufacturing/high tech among Pulse Secure’s key markets. Product. Pulse Secure NAC provides 360-degree visibility with enforcement to see, monitor and control managed, unknown and IoT devices connecting locally or remotely to the network. Value. Customers can start with Pulse Profiler to discover, assess and inventory network devices. With full network visibility, customers can then use Pulse Policy Secure NAC to invoke access, enforcement and threat response policies, orchestrated via API, Syslog, SNMP and IF-MAP protocols. Value. Pulse Secure’s highly scalable architecture is ideal for large enterprises and MSSPs. Each high-performance appliance can control up to 50,000 users. The solution also includes an embedded, enterprise-class RADIUS server. Enhanced security posture The report also cross-references solution attributes compared to other NAC market leaders such as Cisco, ForeScout and HP/Aruba. According to the report findings, “Unlike pure-play NAC offerings, Pulse Secure’s solution can include both VPN and NAC which enables unified visibility, consistent endpoint compliance policy and access control for data centre and Hybrid IT. Pulse Secure works with popular switches, wireless, NGFW, EMM, SIEMs and endpoint security for automated threat response" “Customers gain a stronger security posture, expedited deployment and lower TCO by leveraging a common client, policy and management framework. Unlike infrastructure NAC, Pulse Secure works with popular switches, wireless, NGFW, EMM, SIEMs and endpoint security for automated threat response. This proven, interoperable architecture simplifies deployment, administration and orchestration.” Integrating NAC with VPN “Pulse Secure is experiencing a resurgence in NAC adoption driven by sales of Pulse Policy Secure, our enterprise NAC solution, Pulse Profiler which offers endpoint and IOT device discovery, classification and monitoring, and as part of our Secure Access Suite that integrates NAC with our VPN, mobile and cloud security solutions,” said Prakash Mana, vice president of product management at Pulse Secure. “We are pleased to receive these NAC market distinctions as an enterprise market segment leader and among the top vendors showing significant market share gains.” “Network visibility and the increasing level of malware and cyberattacks are driving NAC investments as end user and IOT devices are ultimately the place where intrusions to networks matter, and the last chance to defend or detect a network breach,” said Tony Massimini, senior industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “Pulse Secure provides a complete NAC platform, and when combined with their VPN solution provides enterprises a centralised view of remote, cloud and network user and device activity and compliance, as well as threat response.”
Pulse Secure, the premier provider of Secure Access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, announced an enhancement to its hybrid IT strategy allowing enterprises to flexibly deploy and uniformly manage physical, virtual and cloud-based Pulse Secure Appliances (PSA) certified for Microsoft Azure and available in the Azure marketplace. Enterprises are moving a variety of applications and data stores to Hybrid IT environments that leverage both managed data centers alongside public cloud, private cloud and SaaS to expedite new business services, optimize on-demand computing resources and gain improved disaster recovery capabilities. The latest cloud-based PSAs allow enterprises to adapt their secure access framework to support evolving application environments, while maintaining the same user experience, operational intelligence, compliance and performance capabilities. The Pulse Secure Access portfolio consists of technologies designed to enable enterprise centralized operation, visibility and policy automation Pulse Secure Access portfolio The Pulse Secure Access portfolio consists of integrated Virtual Private Network (VPN), endpoint compliance, Network Access Control (NAC), mobile security, and virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) technologies designed to enable enterprise centralized operation, visibility and policy automation. Complementing its Amazon Web Services support, the new PSA certified for Microsoft Azure ensures consistent usability, availability and security for a mobile workforce accessing applications and data hosted on Microsoft Azure. PSA’s deployed within Azure offer complete feature parity including: Always-on and application-specific VPN with lockdown Split-VPN tunneling Single-sign on (SSO) interoperability Unified operational visibility Device compliance checking Integrated enterprise mobility management Rich user and device auditing We continue to make it easier for customers to transform their trusted and reliable VPN platform into a hybrid IT-enabled Secure Access solution" Pulse Secure certified – Microsoft Azure “We continue to make it easier for customers to transform their trusted and reliable VPN platform into a hybrid IT-enabled Secure Access solution, that connects a mobile workforce to company resources while fortifying endpoint and data protection regardless of location – in the data center, cloud or mobile,” says Prakash Mana, VP of Product Management at Pulse Secure. “With Pulse Secure now certified for Microsoft Azure, our customers can enjoy greater deployment flexibility without disrupting their users, changing their security policies or retraining administrators.” Pulse Connect Secure in Azure is available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace as part of the Microsoft Azure Certified program. Three models are available supporting 200, 2500 and 25000 concurrent sessions respectively. Customers can purchase these PSA cloud-based subscriptions for 1, 3 and 5 years. Pricing and availability varies by regions.
Pulse Secure, a provider of secure access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, has announced that Pulse Connect Secure and Pulse Policy Secure running on Pulse Secure Appliance (PSA) appliance series and virtual appliances have been certified for the Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) following testing by an accredited Cryptographic Module Testing laboratory. FIPS 140-2 is the U.S. government computer security standard used to approve cryptographic modules to ensure they meet the necessary standards to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of the information protected by the module. The security requirements cover areas related to the secure design and implementation of a cryptographic module including module specification, interfaces, roles, services and authentication. FIPS 140-2 - best practice certification The inclusion of FIPS-140 is part of a continual strategy to ensure best practice certification. Earlier in the year, both products were certified to meet the U.S. Department of Defense DoD Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL) following a successfully completed certification at the approved distributed testing centre at the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) at Fort Huachuca near Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA. “Adherence to standards such as FIPS and UC/APL are regulated requirements but also form best practice for the wider enterprise market to ensure that security products are themselves able to withstand attack,” said Prakash Mana, Head of Product for Pulse Secure, “With this update, we continue our commitment to maintaining our products to meet both current and evolving government security regulations."
The certification process is the responsibility of the Defence Information Systems Agency Pulse Secure, a provider of secure access solutions has announced that Pulse Connect Secure 8.2 and Pulse Policy Secure 5.3 on PSA-Series appliances have been certified for inclusion on The U.S. Department of Defence DoD Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL). Highest levels of securityThe certification process is the responsibility of the Defence Information Systems Agency (DISA) Unified Capabilities Certification Office (UCCO). Pulse Secure in co-operation with Tachyon Dynamics, a DoD UC APL consulting company, successfully completed certification at the approved distributed testing centre at the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) at Fort Huachuca near Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA. To ensure the highest levels of security, DoD customers can purchase only unified-capabilities–related equipment, both hardware and software, that has been certified to verify that the system complies with and is configured consistently with the DISA Field Security Office (FSO) Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG).Rigorous certified testing“Rigorous and independently certified testing processes such as UC/APL are essential to provide the assurance that systems meet the highest levels of security.” Said Prakash Mana, Head of Product for Pulse Secure. “We would like to thank the team at Tachyon Dynamics for all their hard work during this process and this new certification joins our long-standing commitment to government security standards.”UC APL certifications testing consists of interoperability (IO) and information assurance (IA) testing which amongst an extensive list of controls includes proper user privilege assignment and restrictions, password policies such as complex passwords and the proper treatment of inactive accounts, password expiration, password reuse and account lockout along with file protections, and auditing and logging capabilities. This detailed testing, which can take up to a year to complete, ensures any equipment installed within the DoD complies with the complex requirements developed by the DoD.
The launch is part of an ongoing commitment to meet the local data protection needs of Oulse Secure's global customer base Pulse Secure, a provider of secure access solutions has announced a new European hosting option for its Pulse Workspace mobility management solution and Pulse One centralised management solution. Both cloud based products fully meet EU Data Protection laws and compliance standards including ISO 27001, SOC 1, PCI DSS Level 1, and are delivered from Amazon Web Services data centre facility in Frankfurt, Germany. Local data protection “This launch is a key part of our ongoing commitment to meet the local data protection needs of our global customer base,” explained Prakash Mana, Head of Product Management for Pulse Secure. “Our base of over 20,000 customers represents some of the biggest names in industries such as finance, healthcare, government, and manufacturing. Many of these are headquartered outside the USA, leading to specific jurisdictional and compliance requirements. Ensuring that we have a reliable and compliant service across each region enables our customers to quickly and securely deliver Secure Access to their workers.” Regulatory requirements Pulse Secure continues to focus on current regulatory requirements, such as the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as future amendments highlighted by the evolving nature of security standards.
Highly automated advanced detection and classification of managed and unmanaged devices secures BYOD and IoT growth Pulse Secure, a provider of secure access solutions has announced an update to their Pulse Policy Secure solution that allows advanced device discovery with highly automated and detailed profiling. Administrators can now secure the growing number of IT and non-traditional IP devices attached to corporate networks, as part of a complete Network Access Control (NAC) solution. Enhanced information provision The new release of Pulse Policy Secure enables administrators to provide more granular information on new devices attaching to the network – often as a result of the growing BYOD and Internet of Things trends. Analyst firm Gartner estimates that there are around 2.3 billion enterprise class connected “things” including cross-industry items such as HVAC and building management systems. The second class of connected things includes vertical-specific devices, such as specialised equipment used in hospital operating theatres, tracking devices in container ships, and many others. "Using this as part of ourNetwork Access Control solutionprovides the most efficientmethod of discovering, profiling,and securing every device" “The new device discovery and profiler features allow administrators to continuously run detection routines that classify managed and unmanaged devices across the network with detailed reporting to streamline management and security policy enforcement,” explains Prakash Mana, Head of Product Management for Pulse Secure, “Using this as part of our Network Access Control solution provides the most efficient method of discovering, profiling, and securing every device, as everything is contained within a single GUI, enforcement and reporting structure.” Pulse Secure profiling Pulse Secure’s profiling feature offers continuous profiling using DHCP, SNMP, Nmap and HTTP user agents and references detection against a growing database of 9500 unique device types. The solution also profiles endpoints assigned with static IP addresses and actively scans open ports to detect MAC spoofing. “Pulse Secure’s profiling functionality along with the frequent feature updates that we release for all of our products are available as a free trial, downloadable from our website. Our constant focus on innovation is exactly why Pulse Secure is the leader in Secure Access,” Adam Jaques, Senior Director of Worldwide Marketing for Pulse Secure adds. The new Pulse Policy Secure v5.3 update is free to existing customers with an active support contract, or can be downloaded as a free trial from the Pulse Secure website. Save
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