June 13, 2019
Pulse Secure Joins Cloud Security Alliance to Contribute Zero Trust Security to Hybrid IT
SAN JOSE, Calif. – June 13, 2019 – Pulse Secure, the leading provider of software-defined Secure Access solutions, today announced that it has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the leading security organization for cloud computing. The company will contribute its expertise and capabilities in providing Zero Trust security for hybrid IT environments to CSA’s community and educational and standards activities, as well as intelligence sharing through CloudCISC, the Cyber Incident Sharing Center.
While Pulse Secure has long provided Zero Trust security for hybrid IT environments, the recent 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, provided fresh impetus for joining CSA. Pulse Secure is the only SDP solution for hybrid IT that delivers Zero Trust for both datacenter and multi-cloud infrastructures.
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, organizations are applying a Zero Trust strategy of “verification before trust.”
A Zero Trust model authenticates, authorizes and verifies users, devices, applications and resources to fortify access to networks and sensitive data. Beyond leveraging existing authoritative identity sources and access ecosystems, it encompasses:
• enforcing identity, device and security state before and during a transaction
• applying a least privilege access closest to the entities, applications and data
• extending intelligence to allow policies to adapt to changing requirements and conditions
• continuous resource segregation
• dynamic access gateway provisioning
Pulse Secure helps enterprises with its comprehensive, integrated and highly interoperable Secure Access solution portfolio for hybrid IT environments that allows to realize operational efficiency while progressing Zero Trust capabilities.
Pulse Secure’s Access solutions deliver situational intelligence, protected connectivity and threat response while enabling optimized user experience. The approach streamlines compliant access for end users and single-pane-of-glass management for administrators. Organizations can centrally manage Zero Trust policy to secure access to applications, data and services that are delivered on-premise or in private and public cloud environments.
The company’s Access Suite comprises VPN and cloud access, Mobile Device Management (MDM), Single Sign-on (SSO), endpoint and IoT device visibility, Software Defined Perimeter (SDP), Network Access Control (NAC) and virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) solutions.
Pulse has been offering Zero Trust capabilities like extensive authentication, policy controls and data communication encryption for many years. SDP, on the other hand, is a software-defined security architecture that requires authentication and authorization before a connection can be made. In effect, SDP is an enhancement of Zero Trust by including technical components directly into the architecture. It offers provisioning simplicity, security posture fortification, and lower total cost of ownership.
SDP lets organizations allow application level access to users only after they have been successfully authenticated. This greatly reduces the attack surface and promotes better security which is of interest in particular to organizations who are embracing the cloud, mobility and IoT (as part of their digital transformation initiatives).
Pulse Secure has always been at the forefront of Secure Access innovation. Features like host checking that ensures an endpoint passes a security check before and during a connection, application-specific VPN controls like always-on, on-demand, and per-application connectivity, and even location awareness are built in to its market-leading Pulse Connect Secure
While most organizations will continue to host applications in datacenters, cloud is becoming equally essential. According to a recent Enterprise Strategy Group survey:
• 66% of organizations 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 organizations that have repatriated a public cloud-based application(s)/workload(s) have deployed them on converged infrastructure
“We’re pleased to join the Cloud Security Alliance and lend our insights and voice to shaping standards and solutions that can benefit all businesses,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. “As digital risks grow, companies are looking for security solutions that support hybrid IT growth and strengthen their overall security posture without sacrificing the user experience.”
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About The Cloud Security Alliance
The Cloud Security Alliance is the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. CSA harnesses the subject matter expertise of industry the entire community impacted by cloud—from providers and customers, to governments, entrepreneurs and the assurance industry—and provide a forum through which diverse parties can work together to create and maintain a trusted cloud ecosystem.
About Pulse Secure
Pulse Secure 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. Over 20,000 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. Learn more at www.pulsesecure.net.
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