Pulse Secure Delivers Zero Trust Network Access
for Hybrid IT

The facts on Secure Access and Software Defined Perimeter (SDP)

Delivering Zero Trust Secure Access for hybrid IT environments is not trivial.

Let’s address misleading assertions by narrow-focused vendors and explain the realities with Pulse’s Secure Access and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA).

Pulse Secure is the world’s most trusted secure access solution provider.

  • Deployed in 80% of the Fortune 500; 40 of the Fortune 50
  • Trusted by over 20,000+ enterprises worldwide
  • Securing 18M+ endpoints globally
  • Possessing 210+ patents and growing
  • Delivering a comprehensive, flexible, Zero Trust access portfolio

Why Pulse Secure offers the best Zero Trust Secure Access solution for Hybrid IT

Unified Secure Access Platform

  • Pulse Secure provides a unified secure access platform to deliver both remote and network access solutions for your cloud, mobile and data center applications.
  • Narrow-focused vendors only have basic support for remote web access use cases. They lack native Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) and Network Access Control (NAC) solutions to secure your mobile users and internal network.

Comprehensive Endpoint Compliance

  • Pulse Secure offers the most comprehensive device compliance for mobile, IoT and laptop/desktop devices. Employing an array of agent and agent-less Client assessment techniques, Pulse Secure provides rich visibility and security state checking before and during a secure connection.
  • Narrow-focused vendors have modest endpoint authentication capabilities. They lack of native laptop/desktop assessment capability and can not address mobile device management. They are even more limited for IoT security.

Powerful, Granular Role-Based Access Control

  • Pulse Secure offers powerful, granular access control with high-performance policy engine, wizard policy editing, and Single Sign-on (SSO) capabilities that serve to enable unified access closest to the application residing in multi-cloud or data center. Login once and you have access to ALL applications; across mobile, cloud (IaaS and SaaS) and data center.
  • Narrow-focused vendors only offer a hosted access service that requires hair-pinning for internal data center access, if at all.

Broad Application Support

  • Pulse Secure has unparalleled breadth and depth of application support covering SaaS, Web, classic data center and native VDI apps, and any customer TCP/IP applications.
  • Narrow-focused vendors only support web applications.

Seamless User Experience

  • Pulse Secure provides simple, fast and optimal user experience by connecting users to the best available application without requiring users to backhaul through private hosted services.
  • Narrow-focused vendors only offer a hosted access service that requires all user connections to be backhauled through a hosted network. This can result in latency, delays and poor user experience.

Administration Efficiencies

  • Pulse Secure offers best in class admin experience including setup wizards and built-in HTML5 capability for clientless access to RDP, SSH and Telnet.
  • Narrow-focused vendors have limited admin usability for setup, tuning and customization.

Flexible Deployment

  • Pulse Secure offers the industry’s most flexible, scalable deployment options to choose from; data center hardware or virtual appliances and private cloud, public cloud or SaaS. Pulse Secure has been deployed among the largest enterprises and service providers in the world due to proven performance and scale.
  • Narrow-focused vendors box customers into a specific deployment model.

Low Total Cost of Ownership

  • Pulse Secure gives customers dual-mode VPN, SDP architecture which provides Zero Trust access today and SDP where and when needed. With our Secure Access suites, enterprises take advantage of unified deployment, management, visibility, analytics, policy engine and clients.
  • Narrow-focused vendors falsely assert VPN rip and replacement. They support simplified, cloud-only deployments, but negate material existing application, perimeter and VPN investments. In hybrid IT environments, enterprises would have the added costs, complexity and overhead of maintaining duplicate access administration, systems, policies, and agents.

Hybrid IT limitations with Service-Initiated Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)

According to a recent Gartner report*, “the disadvantages is that the application’s protocols must be based on HTTP/HTTPS, limiting the approach to web applications and protocols such as Secure Shell (SSH) or Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) over HTTP."
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User Experience must accommodate Zero-Trust access for multi-cloud as well as data center environments.

According to a recent Gartner report*, “Some ZTNA vendors have chosen to focus their developments on supporting web application protocols only (HTTP/HTTPS). Carrying legacy applications and protocols through a ZTNA service could prove to be more difficult."

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Secure Access Realities

Learn more about Pulse Secure Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)

Pulse’s Secure Access solutions offer superior user experience, deliver zero trust defenses and meet the widest range hybrid IT business requirements – trusted and applied by enterprises and service providers all over the world.

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Based on publicly available data, Spring 2019

*Gartner, Inc., Market Guide for Zero Trust Network Access, Steve Riley, Neil MacDonald, Lawrence Orans, APRIL 29, 2019. GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally, and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.