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Zero Trust Secure Access Solution Comparison

Compare Pulse Secure’s solutions to Cisco, Citrix, and ForeScout – with greater overall capabilities that support Hybrid IT including dual-mode VPN+SDP, Pulse Secure delivers Zero Trust for your Secure Access needs.

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Key Zero Trust Capabilities Pulse Secure Cisco ForeScout Citrix
Seamless user experience for access to applications and resources regardless of location Limited Limited Limited
Rich multi-factor authentication and Single Sign-on
Unified Client, agent or agentless, for VPN, NAC and SDP Limited Limited Limited
Hybrid IT environment support, both data center and cloud Limited
Extensive pre- and post-connect endpoint security posture assessment and enforcement Limited Limited Limited
Dual-mode VPN and SDP simultaneous operation
Direct trusted user/device-to-application private access aligned to SDP standards
Zero Trust Network Access service; cloud native, multi-tenant, client-initiated
Broad application connection support: SaaS, web, classic data center, native VDI, HTML5, VOIP, SIP, P2P, custom TCP/IP apps Limited Limited
Ease of configuration and management Limited
IoT device discovery, monitoring, and segregation Limited Limited
Complete mobile device management solution Meraki only
Granular user/device network access segregation: Layer 3, Layer 4 and Layer 7 Limited
Based on publicly available data, Fall 2019. ForeScout - CounterACT/eyeControl. Citrix - Gateway. Company names and trademarks referenced above are the property of their respective owners.

Zero Trust Secure Access From the Name You Trust

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Pulse Secure verifies and authorizes users by applying multi-factor authentication and single sign-on (SSO) technologies with no "inside" or "outside" distinction.

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Zero Trust access includes deep host checks before, during, and after a connection.

  • Pulse Secure ensures every device meets strict compliance posture before accessing resources
    • Checks for installed/running endpoint security applications and OS versions, patch levels, browser types, and other requirements.
    • Non-compliant devices can be quarantined, denied or granted access, or remediated based on security policies.
  • Validates that all devices are connecting from locations you expect (reducing possibility of stolen devices accessing your network).
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Pulse Secure makes it easy to control access to individual applications and users. Then, we offer tools for both managed and unmanaged devices for visibility and reporting on who is accessing specific applications, and when.

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Finally,  we protect data-in-motion with features like always-on, on-demand, and per-application VPN technologies, and SDP trusted connection directly to multi-cloud applications, to keep sensitive corporate data and personal information safeguarded.

Join 24,000+ Enterprises

…and service providers who secure over 21+ million users with Pulse Secure and see how integrated features like Entity Authentication, Always-on and Simultaneous VPN, Cloud SSO, and adaptive Zero Trust controls can fortify your enterprise security and productivity.