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Pulse Workspace: Secure Access for BYOD

Today's businesses face a daunting challenge: how best to enable secure connectivity for an increasingly mobile workforce while ensuring security of data. Virtually everyone uses more than a single device to access applications and resources that are deployed more and more in the cloud. And, in a recent industry report, nearly 90% of companies rely on their employees using personal devices to access business apps. Indeed, the number of devices managed in the enterprise increased 72% from 2014 to 2015.

And it's likely that, as an administrator, you're reading this on a mobile device right now.

So, what do you do when a user downloads sensitive information, maybe even something like credit card holder data, on to a mobile device?  How do you ensure the security of that data? Or, at a more basic level, how do you even get a user on-boarded quickly so that your organization can take advantage of productivity gains with BYOD?

Traditional enterprise mobility management (EMM) or mobile device management (MDM) platforms try to address these use cases, and many others.  But they often require extensive set up, configuration, and maintenance.  That flies in the face of what BYOD is all about: quickly enabling users to securely access applications and resources from anywhere.  What you actually want is a workforce that can securely access Office 365, Box, and other cloud services -- not an application that requires a certification just to install and maintain.

Enter Pulse Workspace. A fully featured endpoint management application that puts users top-of-mind without requiring the administrator to do lots of heavy lifting except define users at the admin console. Then users can self-register: provisioning occurs automatically, and applications are containerized on the mobile device.  What makes Workspace different is that end user data is separated from enterprise data -- users' data remains theirs and cannot be wiped.

What administrators CAN wipe is enterprise applications and data if the device is lost or stolen.  So, if data (like credit card data, patient information, intellectual property, or operational and inventory data) is accidentally or intentionally stored, you can ensure its security.  And it does this by integrating directly with Pulse One, our flagship cloud-deployed management application that administers Pulse Connect Secure.  The result is a holistic solution that seamlessly manages VPN connections, and iOS and Android users to keep data secure in motion AND at rest.

Users like Workspace because it lets them use their preferred device for work with a native user experience.  And in our most recent release, we've added Always-on and On-demand VPN features for Android.  With Always-on, users remain within a VPN and secure when accessing any application.  On-demand is slightly different: only if an application requires a VPN will one be used.  But the end-result is that users are secure when accessing applications, no matter what platform they're using.

Pulse Workspace offers significant value: device choice, user data privacy, automatic secure access, and rapid deployment to ensure workers are safe, secure, and productive.  What it doesn’t require is complex configuration or extensive deployment cycles to get users up and running.  We invite you to learn more at



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