Pulse Secure, globally renowned provider of software-defined Secure Access solutions, has announced that Alex Thurber is joining the executive team as Chief Revenue Officer, where he will be responsible for global sales strategy, management and team development. “We are committed to providing the easiest, most effective solutions for enterprises to secure access to applications and data across their hybrid IT environments,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. Zero Trust solutions He adds, “We are excited to have Alex join our team and spearhead our forward momentum in the marketplace. Alex has the experience to drive growth of our industry-renowned Zero Trust solutions into an ever-evolving security landscape.” Thurber brings more than 20 years of international leadership experience across the tech industry for security and channel development. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, General Manager of Blackberry’s Mobility Solutions Business Unit, where he transformed the hardware BU into a mobility solutions licensing group. At WatchGuard, he successfully revamped their sales, channel and go-to-market strategy. Alex has also held sales leadership roles at Tripwire, McAfee, and Cisco Systems. Challenging IT and security issues Businesses are looking to companies like Pulse Secure to address challenging IT and security issues" “Enterprises are faced with the weight of transforming their businesses to meet the productivity needs of their employees and customers while ensuring access to their applications and information are protected and compliant,” commented Thurber. “Businesses are looking to companies like Pulse Secure to address challenging IT and security issues, and I am excited to join the team and continue the great success we’ve built.” Pulse Secure, LLC provides easy, comprehensive software-driven Secure Access solutions for people, devices, things and services that improve visibility, protection and productivity for our customers. Our suites uniquely integrate cloud, mobile, application and network access to enable hybrid IT in a Zero Trust world. Secure information access Over 23,000 enterprises and service providers across every vertical entrust Pulse Secure to empower their mobile workforce to securely access applications and information in the data center and cloud while ensuring business compliance.
Pulse Secure, the provider of software defined secure access solutions, announces that growing demand for hybrid IT and Zero Trust Secure Access, resulted in double digit deal volume growth in the first half of 2019. Additionally, the company announces significant achievements in product innovation, channel programs, customer service and talent acquisition. “Our sales growth demonstrates that we offer the most flexible and robust platform for Secure Access. We are ideally positioned to capitalise on expansion in the marketplace and accelerate demand for our suites for the rest of this year and into 2020,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure, noting a recent IDG survey finding that 91% of enterprises plan to increase Secure Access expenditures over the next 18 months. Secure access functions Pulse Secure is uniquely positioned to bring together crucial secure access functions “With the launch of our new Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) solution, we significantly advanced our Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) capabilities offered by our industry-leading portfolio,” Ramakrishna added. “Fueling our achievements across product innovation, sales and customer service is our strong culture of respect, integrity, commitment and humility, which helped earn us a spot in the top San Francisco Bay Area workplaces for the second year running.” Pulse Secure is uniquely positioned to bring together crucial secure access functions with required interoperability for hybrid IT and multi-cloud. Key milestones Key milestones behind the company’s outstanding growth for 1H2019 include: Pulse Secure Access Suites sales grew by 98% year over year; nearly twice the demand for suites over last year Pulse Secure realised double-digit deal volume growth, including new products and service business, with subscriptions increasing by 44% Bookings included the highest number of deals greater than $100,000 in Pulse Secure history Pulse One Manager, including mobile security, cloud security and single sign-on, grew by more than 50% Network Access Control (NAC) business grew by 45% year over year across federal, Europe and Middle East markets, and Pulse Secure was recognised as a top 3 enterprise NAC provider New offerings were launched, including Pulse SDP, extended support and onsite services, and a global solution training and certification program New Access Now partner program designed to accelerate channel sales and service opportunities while advancing MSSP enablement Industry Net Promoter Score (NPS) rating increased to 52, with a customer renewal rate of over 92% Reduced ownership cost Announced in February, the Pulse SDP solution integrates Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) architecture within the award-winning Pulse Secure Access platform, offering customers a flexible path to SDP. This approach extends the company’s foundation of Zero Trust access for hybrid IT with enhanced usability, deployment flexibility, automated provisioning and reduced cost of ownership. The Pulse Secure focus on individual growth, employee engagement and corporate culture Pulse SDP offers dual-mode VPN and SDP architecture to provide single-pane-of-glass secure access management with uniform policy management and granular, stateful access enforcement across data center and cloud applications. The Pulse Secure focus on individual growth, employee engagement and corporate culture continues to attract top talent globally. Evolving customer requirements Pulse Secure has increased its global workforce by 5% across support, engineering, sales and marketing and institutionalised professional development across all disciplines, with participation increasing by 60%. In addition, the company’s local charitable programs are seeing an employee participation rate increase of nearly 50%. “Credit for the traction we are enjoying in the marketplace today goes to our people and the culture that supports and empowers them,” said Ramakrishna. “I am proud of our team’s ability to manage growth and meet evolving customer requirements. It’s their competence, business rigor and fantastic attitude that continue to accelerate the growth of Pulse Secure.”
Pulse Secure, the provider of software-defined secure access solutions, is pleased to announce new partnerships with Westcon EMEA, Nuvias Group and Spectrum Networks, to deliver Pulse Secure authorised training courses to its reseller partners and customers across EMEA. Following on from the successful North American launch of the authorised education training course curriculum earlier in the year, the Pulse Secure training and certification programme has authorised new partnerships to prepare customers and reseller partners for the Pulse Secure certified technical expert certification exams in the following countries: United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Secure access solutions Pulse Secure has always made its training towards certification available virtually" “Pulse Secure has always made its training towards certification available virtually,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. “Now by expanding our authorised education partnership base of providers, we can fulfill our business objective of delivering secure access solutions for people, devices, things and services by offering instructor-led, in-person, hands-on training in local languages.” “As a technology training organisation, we have always focused on imparting the right skills needed for the successful implementation of products and solutions in the vendor, partner, customer ecosystem. We are excited to collaborate with Pulse Secure to add value in this space,” added Sanjeev Singh, MD of Spectrum Networks DMCC. Training and education “Now is a great time for partners to join the Pulse Secure access now partner programme, and we’re delighted to be selected as an ATC partner. This will help our partners gain extra knowledge, helping them differentiate in the marketplace and grow their business. Now is a great time for partners to join the Pulse Secure access now partner programme" "Adding training services to our deep knowledge of Pulse Secure solutions means partners can invest in a relationship that will pay dividends in the long-term. As with all our training and education, our goal is to increase partner profitability and the value they bring to their customers – all from a single, trusted source,” said Sam Paris, VP EMEA of Services and Renewals Westcon at Comstor. Implementation consultants The Pulse Secure training and certification programme includes training courses designed to help network engineers, enterprise system architects, technical support specialists and implementation consultants to successfully deploy and maintain Pulse Secure products and services. After completing the training course, participants are prepared to take the Pulse Secure certified technical expert exams. Local classes will begin in June 2019 and will include training for: Pulse Policy Secure (PPS) - deployment, implementation and configuration; Pulse Connect Secure (PCS) - administration and configuration; and Pulse Secure vADC - administration and configuration.
Pulse Secure, the provider of software-defined Secure Access solutions, announces that it has teamed up with Dynamic Worldwide Training Consultants (DWWTC) and Westcon Americas, A Division of SYNNEX, to deliver the new Pulse Secure Authorised Training program to its reseller partners and customers. As Pulse Secure Authorised Education Partners, DWWTC and Westcon Americas, A Division of SYNNEX, will deliver Pulse Secure’s new program of Authorised Education Training Courses, designed to prepare users to pass the Pulse Secure Certified Technical Expert Certification exams. The instructor-led training program is open to Pulse Secure customers and reseller partners and is available globally in both virtual and classroom environments. Secure access offerings Joe Pittillo, vice president of services, SYNNEX Corporation, said, “By providing customers access to Pulse Secure products, services, and now education, our team can further enable their success in the channel around Secure Access offerings. Our goal here, as well as with all of our education and training programs, is to help increase partner profitability and the value they bring to their customers – all from a single, trusted source.” The certification program will uniquely benefit both Pulse Secure reseller partners and customers Dave Warren, CEO, DWWTC, commented, “We’re delighted to come on board as a Pulse Secure Authorised Education Partner to help companies gain that extra level of knowledge to help them stand out from their competitors and grow their businesses.” Authorised education partners The certification program will uniquely benefit both Pulse Secure reseller partners and customers, allowing each to maximise their Pulse Secure deployments and businesses. Customers will gain the expertise to implement and manage the Pulse Secure product suite more effectively while partners will be enabled to promote and deliver Pulse Secure solutions with confidence and to further differentiate their service offerings. Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure, said, “Pulse Secure recognises that an empowered and enabled partner and sales community is better able to deliver customer and business success. To this end, training and certification, and our partnership with our Authorised Education Partners, is a key business imperative for Pulse Secure. Attendees of the training delivered by our Authorised Education Partners will leave with the skills and the confidence needed to successfully implement and maintain Pulse Secure products and solutions.”
Pulse Secure, the provider of software-defined secure access solutions, announced that Rohini Kasturi is joining the executive team as chief development officer, where he will be responsible for worldwide engineering and solutions. “We are totally committed to continuing to excel as an industry-leading technology company which offers the best secure access solutions for people, devices, things and services,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. “We are delighted to welcome Rohini on board to lead the company’s global efforts in developing our products and solutions to meet the evolving requirements of our customers and partners. Rohini is an entrepreneur with significant experience in scaling teams and businesses and we look forward to leveraging his expertise to deliver superior customer experiences.” Leadership positions Prior to taking up his new role at Pulse Secure, Rohini Kasturi was a VP/GM at Veritas where he oversaw its information management portfolio and led engineering, product management, and business development. While at Veritas, Rohini’s team launched the multi-cloud data and information management platform and apps ecosystem. Rohini has also held roles at Avni, where he was the founder and CEO, creating the industry’s first Hybrid Cloud Platform, as well as various leadership positions at Juniper, Cisco and Motorola. In February, Pulse Secure announced new Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) functionality Secure access portfolio The appointment of Rohini Kasturi as Pulse Secure’s new chief development officer is reflective of the company’s focus on advancing its secure access portfolio, which delivers protected connectivity, operational intelligence and threat response across mobile, network, and multi-cloud environments to provide easy, compliant access for end users and single-pane-of-glass management for administrators. In February, Pulse Secure announced new Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) functionality that complements its integrated solution set by offering direct device-to-application/resource secure connectivity only after successful user, device and security state verification including geo location and behaviour-based anomaly detection. IT security needs “Today’s enterprises face a range of challenges in ensuring secure access to their infrastructures and applications due to widespread mobility and the growing trend of digital transformation,” commented Kasturi. “Now more than ever, businesses are looking to companies like Pulse Secure to help them with their IT security needs and I am excited to join the team at such a pivotal time in its development as it experiences continued growth and global success.”
Pulse Secure, global provider of software-defined Secure Access solutions has announced the integration of SDP (Software Defined Perimeter) architecture within its Secure Access platform and the inclusion of Pulse SDP as an add-on within its award-winning Access Suite. By offering a flexible path to SDP, the company extends its foundation of Zero Trust access for hybrid IT and provides enterprises and service providers with unrivalled provisioning simplicity, security posture fortification and lower total cost of ownership. According to a recent Enterprise Strategy Group survey: 66% of organisations expect that within two years, more than 30% of their cloud-resident data will be sensitive 53% of mobile knowledge workers wait at least a week before applying a security patch or update to the devices they use for work 45% of organisations that have repatriated a public cloud-based application(s)/workload(s) have deployed them on converged infrastructure Zero Trust Strategy Pulse Secure Access Suite provides remote, mobile, cloud, network and application security Ubiquitous access to applications and dynamic resource provisioning are the new normal, yielding an increase in advanced threats and massive data breaches. As enterprises embrace digital transformation and migrate their applications and infrastructure to multi-cloud, access requirements have become more stringent and complex to prevent attacks and data leakage. To reduce risk, organisations are applying a Zero Trust Strategy of “verification before trust” by incorporating stronger user and device authentication, granular access control, and enhanced segmentation no matter where the application and resources reside. “Business leaders face a digital imperative to boost user productivity, while also mitigating the risk of data breaches that are growing in size and frequency,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. “From our inception, Pulse Secure has focused on providing a pragmatic approach to Zero Trust Secure Access that balances user experience with compliance. By incorporating SDP architecture within our Access Suite, we can deliver the deployment flexibility, scale and investment protection sought by enterprises and service providers.” Pulse Secure Access Suite Pulse Secure Access Suite provides remote, mobile, cloud, network and application security with comprehensive VPN, Mobile Device Management (MDM), Single Sign-on (SS0), endpoint and IOT device visibility, Network Access Control (NAC) and virtual Application Delivery Controller (ADC) capabilities. Pulse SDP complements this integrated solution set by offering direct device to application/resource secure connectivity only after successful user, device and security state verification including geo location and behaviour-based anomaly detection. As a result, organisations gain seamless accessibility while streamlining access provisioning, improving performance and reducing the visible attack surface. More so, organisations gain greater economies and a non-disruptive way to readily implement SDP functionality when, where and how they require. Pulse Secure can provide strong value that can be compelling for customers and service providers" “Despite industry suggestions about VPN replacement, SDP is not a panacea for all applications and hybrid IT infrastructure as enterprises migrate to the cloud. While deployments can offer comparatively simple, secure connectivity, SDP projects tend to be based on specific use cases and projects. VPN and SDP will likely co-exist for a while, so organisations need to keep an eye on joint usability, management and costs,” said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “By offering an integrated secure access suite that supports VPN and SDP architectures for data centre and cloud, Pulse Secure can provide strong value that can be compelling for customers and service providers.” Pulse SDP integration to Access Suite Pulse SDP augments the Access Suite and offers an array of features and business benefits including: Dual-mode VPN and SDP architecture; provides enterprises single pane of glass secure access management and operational visibility across public cloud, private cloud and data centre. Extensive multi-factor authentication and authorisation options; ensures users, their devices and the applications they access are continuously verified before and during the transaction. Uniform policy management; enables consistently provisioned secure connections that increase usability and security while reducing configuration errors, policy drift and gateway sprawl. Granular, stateful access enforcement; aligns business and compliance requirements with on-demand, application-level access that supports anywhere access and preferred device. Enhanced user experience; offering users easy and seamless access options including web portal, application-activated, SSO and captive portal. Access responsiveness; separate data and control planes to ensure scalability with proprietary Optimal Gateway Selector technology to expedite application delivery. Deployment flexibility; freedom to move or extend implementation on premise, through private and public cloud, and with their hosting provider or managed service provider of choice. Reduced total cost of ownership; unified Secure Access platform that works with a customer’s existing investment and access ecosystem to consolidate disparate remote and cloud access controls and avoid expensive administrative, licensing and management overhead. Pulse Secure software and cloud solutions With a simple software upgrade, customers can activate Pulse SDP using the latest Pulse Secure infrastructure Pulse SDP will be offered solely as a licensed component within Advanced and Enterprise Editions of the Pulse Access Suites in April 2019. Pulse SDP is comprised of an SDP Controller, SDP Client and SDP Gateway which are enabled within the Pulse Secure software, hardware and cloud solutions. This approach allows SDP and perimeter-based VPN functionality to work in parallel and provides Zero Trust access security and essential operational flexibility for enterprises and service providers. With a simple software upgrade, customers can activate Pulse SDP using the latest Pulse Secure infrastructure. The Pulse Secure Access Suite, Advanced Edition with SDP option has an annual subscription MSRP of $66.00 USD per user for 1000 users. Other license and delivery options are available. Between now and June 30, 2019, customers can upgrade or renew their existing Pulse Access Suite subscription to activate SDP functionality at no additional charge.
Pulse Secure, the provider of Secure Access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, announces that the company has been recognised as one of the private technology startups in the elite 2018 Red Herring Top 100 Global ranking. “With the pervasiveness of mobile, IoT and cloud, assuring protected access to applications and sensitive information is a key challenge for IT organisations of all sizes. This is exactly the problem that Pulse Secure has addressed with its portfolio of Secure Access solutions for hybrid IT,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “As we rigorously narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates, we saw the resurgence of the Secure Access market space and Pulse Secure’s expansive position, technology and growth as compelling reasons to name them to our exclusive list of the 100 top technology startups in the world.” Business achievement Red Herring’s recognition of Pulse Secure is another great honor because it is a testament to our focus on customer success" Digital transformation has forced IT organisations to further empower end-user computing and deliver dynamic provisioning of always-on access to business applications and information. This trend has increased endpoint and IoT threats, compliance exposures and operational expenditures – requiring organisations to reassess their technology stack that comprises Secure Access. Pulse Secure provides an integrated suite of software-driven Secure Access solutions that allow organisations to take advantage of hybrid IT in a zero-trust world. “Our customers are moving from cumbersome and costly individual remote, network and cloud security products to our integrated Secure Access suites that offers greater usability, flexibility, manageability and savings,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. “Red Herring’s recognition of Pulse Secure is another great honor because it is a testament to our focus on customer success, business achievement and the strength of our development efforts.” Real-time visibility Pulse Secure offers a simple, comprehensive and integrated set of Secure Access solutions spanning remote virtual private network (VPN) and cloud access security; mobile device management (MDM), network visibility, IoT security and network access control (NAC); and virtual application delivery control (ADC). Available as part of its Pulse Access Suite, the award-winning solutions allows organisations to ensure user experience while offering centralised management, real-time visibility and adaptive protection to mitigate data center virtualisation and cloud computing access risks. Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) recently distinguished Pulse Secure as a ‘Top Three’ Secure Access vendor and the only vendor Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) recently distinguished Pulse Secure as a ‘Top Three’ Secure Access vendor and the only vendor, among more than 60 assessed, to achieve the highest ratings across Hybrid IT categories. Frost & Sullivan also recently recognised Pulse Secure as being among the top four major NAC leaders in the SMB to Large Enterprise Segment by market share. Identifying promising companies Red Herring’s Top 100 Global list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognise that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube and eBay would change the way we live and work. Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, management quality, strategy and market penetration. This assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track records and standing of startups relative to their peers, allowing Red Herring to see past the ‘buzz’ and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models from around the world.
Pulse Secure, the provider of Secure Access solutions, announced its designation as a Distinguished Vendor in this year’s ‘2019 TAG Cyber Security Annual’. Pulse Secure recently became a member of the world’s leading cybersecurity vendors as selected by Dr. Edward Amoroso, CEO of TAG Cyber, and added to this year’s report. Each year TAG Cyber publishes its three-volume report to the IT community for download at no cost. Volume Two of the report also includes an informative interview with Pulse Secure CEO, Sudhakar Ramakrishna. Assisting chief information security officers This year’s ‘TAG Cyber Security Annual’ was developed to assist chief information security officers (CISOs) and security teams as they advance their information enterprise cybersecurity protection programs and best practices. Beyond offering a ‘periodic table’ of cybersecurity controls, the volume offers insights as to key control trends based on expert and practitioner participation. Beyond offering a ‘periodic table’ of cybersecurity controls, the volume offers insights as to key control trends based on expert and practitioner participation “Ed Amoroso and his team have put together a pragmatic compendium of security controls and outlooks that can be readily applied by information security professionals. We are pleased to have participated and to be distinguished in this report as TAG Cybers’ service to the IT community and their best practices are to be commended,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. Expediting multi-factor authentication The 2019 Tag Cyber Volume Two highlighted key trends within 50 top controls. Key findings within Secure Access controls highlighted in the report include: Where initial generations of remote access focused on teleworkers and two-factor authentication, next-generation secure access solutions are increasing effectiveness by expediting multi-factor authentication and integrating with modern cloud and mobility platforms Leading secure access vendors are delivering solutions equally focused on user experience with the goal of minimising the steps required to establish secure connectivity The future of secure access lies in device-to-cloud, where mobility and embedded controls ensure that authentication, encryption and integrity are in place. While the use of public clouds to host enterprise applications will eventually remove access to the corporate LAN, this function will remain in hybrid mode for several years where traditional remote access will remain in place during this transition period Simple, robust and interoperable approach “Ensuring secure access to a multitude of applications and resources is a business imperative that challenges IT as enterprises accelerate data centre virtualisation and cloud computing. As such, organisations are reassessing their technology stack that comprises Secure Access,” said Amoroso. “Pulse Secure is among leading vendors focused on offering a simpler, more robust and interoperable approach for enterprises as they migrate from remote access to more advanced hybrid IT access protection.”
Pulse Secure, a provider of Secure Access solutions, announced that EMA, an analyst firm specialising in IT and data management technologies, has honored Pulse Secure as the industry’s leading hybrid IT secure access platform vendor. Pulse Secure was selected by EMA as a “Top Three” vendor in three related product categories and was the only vendor, among more than 60 assessed, to achieve the highest ratings across these Hybrid IT categories. Driven by digital business transformation, the world of securing access to enterprise applications, data and other IT services continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Emerging requirements for workforce mobility, distributed data center, virtual and cloud-based IT environments, and data protection have yielded significant access control complexities. Identifying access security issues The published report identified ten priorities for enabling secure access to enterprise IT servicesEMA conducted research to identify the access security issues facing organisations, including a survey of leaders from over 200 enterprises and an analysis of hundreds of vendor product briefings, case studies and demonstrations. The published report identified ten priorities for enabling secure access to enterprise IT services and offers insight into key challenges, considerations and technologies. The report also supports IT decision makers’ vendor-selection process as it heralds 30 of the most innovative vendor solutions addressing the greatest array of requirements for secure access enablement, highlighting Pulse Secure’s leadership ranking across three categories: Unifying access control across hybrid IT ecosystems Enabling secure remote access to business networks Network Access Control with IoT enablement Hybrid IT Secure Access platform “Increased pressure to enable workforce mobility and scale IT services across a variety of data center, public and private cloud environments have challenged organisations to grant secure and reliable access,” said Steve Brasen, research director at Enterprise Management Associates. “Based on the breadth, depth and interoperability of its solutions, Pulse Secure is distinguished in the market as providing the most comprehensive, integrated and flexible Hybrid IT Secure Access platform.” “EMA’s recognition of Pulse Secure as an industry-leading secure access vendor is testament to our focus on customer needs and our drive to ensure superior user experience while delivering simple, highly manageable and integrated solutions,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO at Pulse Secure. “Our Secure Access portfolio enables organisations to improve productivity by addressing a wide variety of business, visibility and compliance requirements as they evolve from data center to hybrid IT environments.” Software-driven access solutions Pulse Secure offers a portfolio of software-driven Secure Access solutions Pulse Secure offers a portfolio of software-driven Secure Access solutions that satisfy usability, contextual intelligence and orchestration to support hybrid IT environments. The EMA comparative vendor research resulted in three Pulse Secure products being awarded as top solutions: Pulse Cloud Secure, Pulse Connect Secure and Pulse Policy Secure. In the “Unifying access control across hybrid IT ecosystems” category, key considerations for solution adoption included: console interface breadth of support, endpoint identity management capabilities, hybrid hosting environment support, connectivity governance and IT service integrations. The report highlights Pulse Secure’s hybrid IT access management solution, Pulse Cloud Secure, as offering: Access to on-premises and public cloud-hosted services enabled through Pulse Connect Secure Broad SSO and MFA support with stringent host checking of endpoints Visibility and policy-enforcement for security compliance by validating endpoints and verifying levels of access before connections Integration directly with identity providers, including Ping Identity, Okta and Microsoft ADFS Secure network connections The Pulse One management platform can be used to automate appliance software updatesIn the “Enabling secure remote access to business networks” category, key considerations for solution adoption included: persistence of secure network connections, context awareness, breadth of supported endpoints, onboarding process and third-party integrations. The report highlights Pulse Secure’s data center and cloud VPN platform, Pulse Connect Secure, as offering: Secure VPN connections may be optionally set as always-on (routing all network traffic), on demand (only when needed) or only when utilising specific applications The Pulse One management platform can be used to automate appliance software updates and policy changes while viewing a dashboard of appliance status Unified client that supports a variety of endpoint types, including Windows, macOS, Linux (CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Red Hat, Ubuntu), iOS, Android and Chrome OS When a user transitions from a remote location to an on-premises location, connectivity is dynamically switched without any interruption to the existing network connections Application certifications that include: Common Criteria (NDcPP), FIPS and JITC UC APL IoT device authentication Designed for scale, Pulse Policy Secure can support up to 20 million endpointsIn the “Network Access Control with IoT enablement” category, key consideration for solution adoption included: scalability, IoT device authentication, contextually-aware policy controls, inclusion of a RADIUS server, dashboarding, reporting and alerting, and third-party integrations. The report highlights Pulse Secure’s NAC solution, Pulse Policy Secure, as offering: Profiles network devices with real-time detection, classification and monitoring of managed, unmanaged and IoT devices to deliver an intuitive user experience via a unified client for both NAC and remote VPN access to the data center and cloud Contextual information for endpoint visibility and policy enforcement are referenced from a wide variety of network protocols, data collection tools and multivendor integrations Automates onboarding, sponsored-based guest and device management, and BYOD enablement Integrates with next-generation firewalls for identity-based admission control and sends user identity information to other 3rd party solutions via API, Syslog and the IF-MAP protocol Built-in, high-performance RADIUS server eliminates proxy latency while simplifying network planning and reducing TCO Centrally managed from the cloud or on-premises with the Pulse One administration console and includes dashboards that provide a high-level snapshot of all managed, unmanaged and IoT devices as well as granular reports delivering inventory, access, security and compliance details Designed for scale, Pulse Policy Secure can support up to 20 million endpoints
Pulse Secure, the leader in secure access solutions for people, devices, things and services, announced achievements in sales growth; product innovation and expansion; and channel advancements for 2017. The company also recently added Justin Barney as its Chief Revenue Officer. “Digital business transformation is redefining requirements for ubiquitous access security. This is especially challenging in today’s hybrid IT environments where availability and protection need to be fluid, flexible and scalable,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO, Pulse Secure. “We are thrilled to see our investments in product innovation, Secure Access portfolio expansion, and customer success resources being realized through record business growth.” New Secure Access Suite launch and vADC Product Line acquisition “2017 was a year of major investment for Pulse Secure, with the launch of a new Secure Access suite, acquisition of Brocade’s vADC product line, and significant talent additions across the company. Our achievements are a harbinger of an exciting trajectory for 2018 and we are committed to continuing to define and lead the rapidly growing Secure Access market,” added Ramakrishna. Pulse Secure is in a unique position to bring together virtual private network (VPN), network access control (NAC) and virtual application delivery controller (vADC) solutions across network, data center, cloud and mobile environments, delivering productivity without compromising security. Key milestones bolstering growth for 2017 include: NAC, IoT and device profiling solutions bookings grew 70 percent YoY Newly launched Secure Access Suite drove a third of new business in Q4 of 2017 Added 133 large enterprise customers spanning financial services, healthcare, high tech, manufacturing, retail and education vADC acquired in Q3 2017, quickly returned to growth within two quarters with a focus on Cloud, Security and targeted use cases. Continued channel sales growth representing nearly half of 2017 total bookings Solid industry Net Promoter Score (NPS) rating of 47 and customer renewal rate over 90% Management Team rounded out with new Sales Leadership Pulse Secure has also announced that Justin Barney has joined the company as its Chief Revenue Officer. Barney is the former president and CEO of ScaleArc, a database load balancing software company, and brings a proven history of executive and sales leadership experience as the former vice president of sales at Juniper Networks and Ankeena Networks. In addition, Matt Weaver has joined Pulse Secure as Vice President of Sales, bringing 11 years of sales and operations experience at Symantec. "I am thrilled to join an innovative, proven security leader that is focused on delighting our more than 20,000 customers. Having spent over a decade leading sales teams in Pulse Secure's key market, it's truly a perfect fit. Not only has Pulse Secure delivered rock-solid technology, but they possess a core belief system of driving and supporting the success of customers and partners to achieve their mission," said Justin Barney, CRO, Pulse Secure. “I look forward to working with all the teams and becoming immersed in the exciting culture that is Pulse Secure.” "I am excited to have Justin join Pulse Secure as a key member of our management team as we take our business to greater heights. Justin brings a wealth of industry experience successfully leading global sales teams - more importantly he brings the competence, commitment, and fantastic attitude that continues to build the foundation of Pulse Secure,” commented Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO, Pulse Secure.
Pulse Secure, the leader in secure access solutions for people, devices, things and services, announced Scott Gordon joining the company’s executive team as Chief Marketing Officer, building upon Pulse Secure’s customer success, product innovation and sustained growth. “We are singularly focused on improving the productivity of our customers, and with our focus on secure access solutions, we are enjoying strong business growth and attracting new high caliber customers, partners and talent,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. “We welcome Scott’s leadership, experience and drive to our executive team as we continue to develop the company and elevate our global presence.” Scott Gordon to expand Pulse Secure's global market strategy In this role, Gordon will be responsible for expanding the company’s global go-to-market strategy, branding, channel and sales enablement. Gordon brings more than 20 years of industry experience and accomplishments in global tech marketing to Pulse Secure, having consistently delivered strategies, results and teams that have accelerated many well-known cyber security brands. Previously, he was CMO at digital threat management vendor, RiskIQ. Prior to that, he was CMO at the network access control vendor, ForeScout Technologies (FSCT). He has also held executive and management roles at AccelOps (acquired by Fortinet), Protego (acquired by Cisco), Axent (acquired by Symantec) and McAfee. Pulse secure advances its secure access portfolio Pulse Secure continues to advance its secure access portfolio, which enables business to gain ubiquitous, seamless and compliant access between users, devices, applications and services across network, web, mobile, cloud and data center environments. Correspondingly, customers have expressed their appreciation for the company’s product benefits and dedicated support with record-setting NetPromoter scores. Among other accomplishments, the company has successfully transitioned users of the Virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) product family, from Brocade Communications Systems to Pulse Secure. “The pace of enterprise investments to ensure digital transformation and enhanced user experience requires unfettered, dependable, and appropriate resource access,” said Scott Gordon, CMO of Pulse Secure. “Pulse Secure is in an exceptional position to extend its market position via a proven platform, flexible solution set, and compelling vision. I am excited to join the team and contribute to the company’s success.”
Pulse Secure, LLC, a provider of secure access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, announces that it has completed the acquisition of assets associated with the Virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) product family from Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. The transaction includes a leased research and development facility in Cambridge, UK and associated customer support and maintenance contracts. The acquisition adds significant new capabilities to the Pulse Secure Access Platform offering a complete end-to-end Secure Access solution designed to reduce cost and complexity, increase security, and delight users. Gaining an outstanding team “This acquisition is not only about adding great products to our Secure Access platform, it’s about gaining an outstanding team who are seasoned in the vADC industry,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. "Combining the vADC group with our existing Pulse team, we are truly a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Secure Access solutions for people, devices, things and services.” Originally created as the world’s first fully virtualised application delivery controller, the Brocade vADC solution has become one of the most advanced virtual application delivery controllers in the market today. The solution can be quickly and easily provisioned either on premise, in a private/public cloud, or even through cloud service marketplaces such as AWS, Google, and Azure. The Brocade vADC offering is recognised within the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers and is used by many organisations worldwide. Next big step Joining the Pulse Secure team as VP and General Manager of the vADC business unit, Marion Smith said, “Today, the vADC team starts to write a new chapter in the life of a product we love. This is the next big step in the exciting journey of building the best vADC on the market. We are now settling in to our new home at Pulse Secure and look forward to the new opportunities that vADC combined with the Pulse Secure portfolio will bring.” Pulse Secure has hired a number of Brocade employees associated with the vADC business who will be working closely together with Pulse Secure to ensure uninterrupted support for existing vADC customers.
An affiliate of Pulse Secure, LLC, a provider of secure access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire assets associated with the Virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) product family from Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. The transaction includes a leased research and development facility in Cambridge, UK and associated customer support and maintenance contracts. Providing secure access to resources CIOs have become increasingly concerned with the complexity, cost, and security of providing users with secure access to the resources they need, especially as applications have evolved from on premise to virtualised, hybrid, mobile, and web/cloud environments, combined with an explosion in device types and access locations. This acquisition will add significant new capabilities to the Pulse Secure Access Platform, allowing Pulse Secure to deliver a complete end-to-end solution designed to reduce cost and complexity, increase security, and delight users. Originally created as the world’s first fully virtualised application delivery controller, the Brocade vADC solution has become one of the most advanced virtual application delivery controllers in the market today. Importantly, the solution was "born virtual" and is a leader in the rapidly growing virtual ADC market. The solution can be quickly and easily provisioned either on premise, in a private/public cloud, or even through cloud service marketplaces such as AWS, Google, and Azure. The Brocade vADC offering is recognised within the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers and is used by many organisations worldwide. Protecting data centre applications “This acquisition highlights our focus, commitment, and ongoing investment in building the industry's leading secure access platform. The combined company's nearly 750 employees post-acquisition will be uniquely focused on delivering secure access for people, devices, things, and services,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. "With the addition of Brocade’s vADC solutions, Pulse Secure will be able to deliver secure access to a complete customer application portfolio, from legacy data centre applications, to web, cloud, and even mobile applications. We anticipate immediate synergies with our 20,000+ customers today, and we'll be offering them this expanded capability via our global partner network.” "Pulse Secure is a great fit for our vADC business and a positive outcome for our employees, customers and partners" Kelly Herrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Software Networking at Brocade, said, “Pulse Secure is a great fit for our vADC business and a positive outcome for our employees, customers and partners. Our vADC family is highly complementary to Pulse Secure’s current portfolio, and is expected to enhance Pulse’s capability to deliver a complete end-to-end secure access solution. Upon the close of the transaction, our customers and partners will benefit from access to a broader set of products, as well as Pulse Secure’s planned continued investment in our vADC product roadmap, and its stated commitment to continued support for our existing product lines.” End-to-end access solutions Rik Turner, a Principal Analyst on the Infrastructure Solutions team at Ovum Consulting, commented, "This is a logical move for Pulse, in that it fills out their portfolio and enables them to address more of the customers’ requirements. It also chimes nicely with their overall Secure Access message.” Pulse Secure intends to hire certain Brocade employees associated with the vADC business. This team will be working closely together with Pulse Secure after the acquisition closes to ensure continued support for customers. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in late June to mid-July 2017, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions and prior to the closing of the previously announced acquisition of Brocade by Broadcom Limited.
Over 250 partners have moved up the Connect Now Partner Program tiers through recognition of an ability to deliver customer excellence Pulse Secure, a provider of secure access solutions has announced a dramatic increase in the size of its global channel community over the last 12 months plus notable new partnerships in UK, US, France, Russia and China. Following the spin-off from Juniper in 2014, Pulse Secure has conducted a company-wide strategy to strengthen its channel relationships and build a focused and supported global community with registered partners increasing to approximately 2900 in over 100 countries. New partner companies New partners include Marvel in Russia, Copper River in the United Sates and CBC Com in China. While partners such as Interdata and Nomios in France and Network Utilities in the UK have strengthened their relationship by joining new programmes such as NAC Ignite which includes dedicated lead generation and project fulfilment support. Over 250 partners have moved up the Connect Now Partner Program tiers through recognition of an ability to deliver customer excellence. “Across every metric we measure, from deal size to training engagement, our channel partners across the globe are growing and benefiting from our partnership,” says Doug Erickson, VP, WW Partner Sales for Pulse Secure, “This reflects the wider shift in the security space as solution providers and end customers look at ways of gaining more value out of their investments.” “As the only vendor with dedicated hardware, software, and service to focus solely on the three largest security areas namely access control, SSL VPN, and mobile device security; we have become a foundational technology for a growing number of business use cases,” says Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO, Pulse Secure. “As such, we need a channel that has the expertise to deliver these high value and mission critical core components as part of highly integrated solutions.” Creating and delivering secure access "Our goal is a healthy and growing network of partners to create and deliver secure access for the next generation of use cases that trends such as cloud, BYOD and IoT are unlocking" “As part of Juniper we had a well-established, global channel and now as Pulse Secure, we have built out a channel community that has the depth of coverage with focus on our products and benefits we offer as part of a true vendor agnostic ecosystem of technologies,” says Erickson. “Recent partnership agreements with industry leaders including Palo Alto Networks and Ruckus Wireless go beyond just sharing logos - our technical engineering departments are building ways in which we can better support advanced features and make implementation and support easier for our individual and joint channel partners.”For 2017, Pulse Secure will continue the strategy, “Our goal is a healthy and growing network of partners to create and deliver secure access for the next generation of use cases that trends such as cloud, BYOD and IoT are unlocking,” says Erickson, “This strengthening goes hand-in-hand with expanding our reach of partners working in specialist vertical markets like healthcare, education and government along with more strategic vendor relationships.” Save
Pulse Secure, the leader in secure access solutions, recently announced enhancements to its core product portfolio to help organisations secure access to applications in the data center and the cloud. Upgrades to Pulse Connect Secure, Pulse Policy Secure and Pulse Workspace will help enterprises eliminate security silos without the need for additional administrative overhead and investments while increasing both productivity and the user experience for the next generation worker. Enterprises facing new generation of challenges Enterprises are facing a new generation of challenges including providing secure access for workers who are increasingly mobile and embracing the cloud while meeting compliance requirements and protecting corporate data. Pressured by today’s enterprise tech-savvy workers who demand access to the devices and the applications of their choosing in the name of productivity, IT organisations have often responded by deploying disparate point products for security. In addition, enterprise networks have become borderless, and the new generation of workers are using a diverse set of applications. These elements can create silos that make it difficult for IT to manage security, which ultimately influences an acceptable user experience. “IT complexity is being fueled by rapid advances in consumer technology, the emergence of the Internet of Things and the rise of the tech-savvy employee. Plain and simple, our customers need and are demanding secure access solutions that address these next generation challenges,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. “We’ve developed a holistic solution set designed to meet their secure access needs both today and in the future. Our solutions provide a seamless experience so users have secure access to any applications from any device on any network while IT maintains a complete view of the entire security environment.” To address these next generation challenges, Pulse Secure has made the following key enhancements to its secure access solutions: Secure access for next generation of applications – With Pulse Connect Secure 8.2, customers have the flexibility to deploy the thick or thin applications business needs from the cloud or datacenter. Enhanced support for HTML5 makes it even easier to deploy applications and support mobile workers connecting to corporate resources from a company managed laptop or a BYOD mobile device. Enterprises can now use this clientless solution, with no plug-ins or extensions, to provide web browser support for RDP, Telnet and SSH. The latest version of Pulse Connect Secure now offers a more dynamic UI to match the administrator’s need for a snapshot of the appliance statistics from active and authorized users to device and compliance sessions. Secure access for next generation of networks – Mobile devices, WiFi and the cloud are redefining the network perimeter. Pulse Policy Secure 5.3 helps IT admins stay in control with centralised policy management across multivendor networks that enforce security through access points, firewalls and mobility management solutions. New integration with Palo Alto Networks firewall provides additional context-aware information including user identity and device security compliance. The modern user interface provides IT admins an overview of active users, devices and roles. For the end users, a streamlined guest registration portal is now available, eliminating the need for time-consuming case-by-case contact by help desk personnel. See the demo. Secure access for next generation of workers – Pulse Workspace offers workers access to corporate mobile apps and services without infringing on their privacy while maintaining corporate compliance. Workers feel confident in knowing their personal data and activities remain private and that the enterprise can only access and wipe corporate apps and data. Pulse Workspace simplifies mobile management and allows enterprises to keep pace with the latest mobility innovations such.
Pulse Secure, the leader in next generation secure access solutions for enterprises and service providers, recently introduced a family of Pulse Secure Appliances built to power its Next Generation Secure Access framework that helps companies blend cloud services and data center applications into a seamless enterprise user experience. Mobile applications and cloud services Mobile applications and cloud services are redefining the enterprise user experience giving workers anytime access to the corporate information they need with the productivity applications they want. Gartner reports that, “in today's digital workplace, knowledge workers use, on average, three different devices in their daily routine. This will increase to five or six devices with the advent of technologies such as wearable devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) eventually becoming mainstream. Gartner forecasts mobile phone sales of 2.1 billion units by 2019, which will fuel demand for apps in the enterprise that meet the high performance and usability of consumer apps.” The days of using a single secure data pipe to the datacenter are over. While per-app VPN connectivity from mobile devices strains the corporate network, companies increasingly look to the cloud to help deliver service capacity and eliminate operational overhead. Gartner named cloud as one of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2015 stating that “cloud is the new style of elastically scalable, self-service computing, and both internal applications and external applications will be built on this new style.” In this new IT world, enterprises need a way to seamlessly blend cloud services such as Office 365 with their existing application without compromising corporate security and compliance standards. The new Pulse Secure appliance Basic VPN solutions designed for simple access to the datacenter lack the intelligence and features required by enterprises to use the cloud where they can, the datacenter where they must and mobile for everything. The new Pulse Secure Appliance and the availability of its centralised management console, Pulse One, helps enterprise boost network access performance and scale enabling a fully mobile workforce and delivering the seamless user experience workers demand. The Pulse Secure Appliance series provides enterprises with increased performance, control and versatility to address both the practical and strategic. The multi-service hardware appliance supports Pulse Connect Secure (VPN) and Pulse Policy Secure (NAC), and is ideal for both larger enterprises looking to scale and smaller entities with only one box to manage. Pulse Secure also provides the deployment flexibility to support its advanced secure access capabilities as a virtual appliance. The new hardware appliance comes in three scalable sizes, PSA3000, PSA5000 and PSA7000. Their scale and versatility are designed for different operational environments. The PSA3000 is ideal for branch office applications with support for two 1G interfaces and scale up to 200 concurrent VPN sessions. The PSA5000 is targeted for medium sized enterprises that require 2500 concurrent sessions connected via two 1G interfaces. Large enterprises with mission critical applications can rely on the PSA7000 that scales to 35,000 concurrent sessions, supports two 1G/10G copper or two 10G fiber interfaces with SSL acceleration and delivers maximum reliability with link redundancy, hot-swappable redundant hard disks (RAID 1), and hot-swappable redundant power supplies. The Pulse Secure Appliance series provides three times the performance of SA Series SSL VPN Virtual Appliances and can be clustered to further boost performance by two to four times depending on the type of appliance deployed. Designed to work with Pulse One software Pulse Secure Appliances are designed to work with Pulse One, a Software-as-a-Service management offering that provides an easy-to-deploy solution that unifies virtual private network, network access control and enterprise mobility management. With Pulse One, IT administrators are able to centrally manage all Pulse Secure Appliances, manage endpoint and mobile device security policies, report on appliance and device health, and mass-provision workspace and appliance policies and configuration. “Our next generation secure access framework powered by the Pulse Secure Appliance series will help our customers do more with less,” said Pulse Secure’s newly appointed CEO, Sudhakar Ramakrishna. “The launch of the Pulse Secure Appliance series helps enterprises boost their networks to mobilise their entire workforce and enabling the use of new applications and services to transform business productivity. We are building a foundation that enables businesses of all sizes to boost performance and do more with less by consolidating their datacenters with fewer appliances and utilising a single cloud-based console for control.” Pulse Secure gold and platinum protection services Access to real time business intelligence and enterprise services is critical to workers and their corporate success. In addition to robust and reliable access solutions, Pulse Secure Gold and Platinum Protection Services provide hardware and software support that ensure that enterprise applications and services are always on for mobile users. Designed to meet the diverse support needs of each enterprise, Pulse Protection services can be tailored from a menu of services that include the industry’s fasted response time for Priority 1 issues, skip-tier support for quick access to product experts and quarterly business reviews for planning and optimisation.
Ramakrishna has also been appointed as member of the Board and brings nearly 25 years of experience Pulse Secure, a leading provider of access and mobile security solutions to the enterprise and service providers, announced that Sudhakar Ramakrishna has been appointed CEO and a member of the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Previous experience Ramakrishna brings nearly 25 years of industry-related experience that includes product and marketing strategies, business management and domain expertise across a wide spectrum of software and security technologies, including cloud-based architectures and solutions. Most recently, Ramakrishna was the senior vice president and general manager for the Citrix Enterprise and Service Provider Division. In that role, he had profit and loss (P&L) responsibility for a portfolio of approximately $2.5 billion covering virtualisation, cloud networking, mobile platforms and cloud services solutions. “Sudhakar is the ideal CEO to lead Pulse Secure’s rapidly evolving business,” said Al Zollar, Pulse Secure Executive Chairman and executive partner of Siris Capital Group, LLC. “His deep-rooted expertise in the enterprise networking space is a perfect match for Pulse Secure. During Sudhakar’s career, he has thrived– not only in innovating and growing revenue extensively, but also with a proven track record of leading world class organisations by identifying and building exceptional talent, developing strong corporate cultures and delivering customer growth with purpose. We couldn’t be any happier to have such a proven leader at the helm.” Future developments The appointment of Ramakrishna further exemplifies Pulse Secure’s commitment to the enterprise and service provider segments and being the leader in next generation secure access solutions. The announcement comes on the heels of tremendous company momentum, including the launch of a new channel program, Pulse Secure Connect Now. Pulse Secure’s products were also recognised by InfoSec’s Global Excellence program for NAC, SSL/VPN and BYOD solutions as well as the by the Govies for Access Control Software and Controllers. The company protects more than 20,000 enterprise customers, 18 million endpoints and owns more than 200 patents. “In the era of mobility and the cloud, with amorphous and ever changing enterprise boundaries, secure access to infrastructure and applications is a key business challenge for organizations of all sizes” Ramakrishna said. “I look forward to working with the Pulse Secure team and extending its legacy of delivering innovative solutions to address critical and evolving security needs of customers and delivering great user experiences” Before Citrix, Ramakrishna served as President of Products and Services at Polycom, where he was responsible for the company’s $1.4 billion voice and video collaboration products, global services and operations team. He previously held product and business leadership roles at Motorola, 3Com and U.S. Robotics.
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