CUSTOMER SUCCESS STORY

Hogarth

Pulse Secure helps Hogarth Worldwide to improve secure access across its global infrastructure as part of a Zero Trust approach to cyber security

“We looked at a number of options, but we felt that Pulse Secure’s NAC and VPN solutions offered the best combination of features and compatibility along with the flexibility we needed to meet our current requirements and future needs”

Why was Pulse Secure chosen?

Pulse Connect Secure VPN virtual
appliances

Pulse Policy Secure NAC virtual
appliances

Company

Hogarth

Industry

Media

Challenges

Strengthen cyber security within a hybrid IT environment as part of a move towards a Zero Trust approach to security

Solutions
  • Pulse Policy Secure NAC virtual appliances
  • Pulse Connect Secure VPN virtual appliances
Results
  • Improved performance through
    scalable virtual appliances
  • Seamlessly integrates with Radius,
    Wi-Fi, MFA, VPN and NAC
  • Simplified implementation,
    onboarding and ongoing
    management
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Introduction

Ensuring the right balance of security while maintaining flexible access to network and application resources is an essential requirement for large enterprises. Pulse Secure Access for the Next Generation provides solutions designed to solve the challenges as part of a Zero Trust approach to cyber security.

Challenge

Hogarth Worldwide is a creative production business, providing marketing production and adaptation services for some of the world’s most recognisable brands and global multinationals. Hogarth’s integrated production workflow and Media Asset Management technologies bring all-media production under a common workflow to generate tangible savings for clients.

Hogarth is headquartered in London with established production hubs in New York, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Bucharest. The business was founded in 2008 and is majority-owned by WPP Group.

The Hogarth IT department looks after over 4000 users, across 50 sites connected to 5 data centre locations. Hogarth is known for its technology. This technology has three primary functions: the automation of processes that don’t need human input; the online approval of assets; and the global management and delivery of marketing assets. The company has a 100 strong development team and develops all of its own systems in-house. The cloud-based technology it has developed is used to deliver its service around the globe, engaging with clients wherever they are, and delivering assets to clients and media–owners in any country in the world.

SOLUTIONS

Security is a critical part of this service and Hogarth manages its own multi-layered secure access platform. Having grown rapidly over the last decade, the company had reached capacity on its legacy Juniper VPN solution that was also heading towards end of support. With the need to upgrade fast approaching, Hogarth decided to both refresh its secure access platforms to meet greater demand and gain access to more advanced capabilities. The company also decided to deploy a Network Access Control (NAC) solution to strengthen and enforce roles-based access and endpoint security policy for network user, guest and IoT devices.

“We initially created a shortlist of vendors from the Gartner magic quadrant and starting examining a few options,” says Peter Smith, Global Network Architect at Hogarth. “Our key criteria was a VPN and NAC platform that was easy to deploy and manage, with strong compatibility across a wide range of devices, plus the ability to adapt. Pulse Secure was able to meet these requirements.”

With a growing use of the cloud and SaaS, it was important that both solutions could be deployed as a virtual as well as physical appliance for certain remote sites.

Hogarth contacted AN Security, a trusted cyber security advisor that it had worked with previously on several projects. The team at AN Security provided guidance to help scope the project and design a technical implementation. “We looked at a number of options, but we felt that Pulse Secure’s NAC and VPN solutions offered the best combination of features and compatibility along with the flexibility we needed to meet our current requirements and future needs,” says Smith.

Based on these requirements, Hogarth selected Pulse Connect Secure (PCS) virtual appliances deployed within its main data centres in London and several branch offices across the world to provide VPN access. This is supported by Pulse Policy Secure (PPS), a next-generation NAC appliance that enables Hogarth to gain deeper visibility and understanding of its security posture.

“The virtual appliance offered better performance than our legacy solution and the Pulse Secure VPN and NAC appliances were easy to deploy with a low management overhead,” says Smith. “We have a high availability configuration and the built-in licence server makes it easy to add more users or devices as needed.”

The new solution has also helped Hogarth to meet the requirements of TISAX (Trusted Information Security Assessment Exchange) that enables mutual acceptance of Information Security Assessments which was a key requirement for several of its clients within the automotive industry.

“The upgrade to Pulse Secure has gone very smoothly, we have had no issues and the solution has delivered as expected with the potential to adapt as our security needs evolve,” Smith concludes.

RESULTS

The combined solution is deployed as part of a Zero Trust approach to security allowing Hogarth to ensure its distributed workforce is authenticated, authorized and secure when accessing applications and resources across its own data center and cloud-based resources.

The solution is integrated into its Ruckus based Wi-Fi network, Radius authentication server and Multi-Factor Authentication which runs in Azure. The data from all these systems is passed to a SIEM to allow the IT department to quickly detect any issues and automate threat response to mitigate malware, rogue devices, unauthorized access and data leakage risks.

The virtual appliance offered better performance than our legacy solution and the Pulse Secure VPN and NAC appliances were easy to deploy with a low management overhead,” says Smith. “We have a high availability configuration and the built-in license server makes it easy to add more users or devices as needed.