Pulse Secure, the leading provider of software-defined Secure Access solutions, announced the launch of Pulse Zero Trust Access (PZTA), a cloud-based, multi-tenant secure access service that enables organisations to provide users easy, anywhere access to multi-cloud and data centre applications with Zero Trust assurance.
PZTA simplifies access management with single-pane-of-glass visibility, end-to-end analytics, granular policies, automated provisioning, and advanced threat mitigation that empowers organisations to further optimise their increasingly mobile workforce and hybrid IT resources.
Users require access to on-premises and cloud applications from any device, from any location, and at any time as enterprises advance workforce mobility and business digitisation. Meanwhile, cyberattacks, data breaches and compliance obligations have grown significantly, making trust and adaptive control critical. PZTA offers users streamlined application access while allowing organisations to govern every request by automatically verifying identity, device and security posture before granting a direct, encrypted connection between that user's device and applications residing in public clouds, private clouds or data centres.
“IT leaders are driving business transformation in the hybrid digital era while also defending assets during the ‘age of hyper-converged access’ – for any user, from any device, anywhere to any application, at any time. Pulse Zero Trust Access is designed for the elastic digital workplace, providing a unified, cloud-based service that enables greater accessibility, efficiency and risk reduction,” said Rohini Kasturi, chief product officer at Pulse Secure. “From inception, Pulse Secure has focused on providing secure access solutions that enhance productivity, visibility and compliance as companies migrate to the cloud and take advantage of utility computing. PZTA exemplifies our on-going commitment to innovate while maximising deployment flexibility, scale, interoperability and investment protection for companies of all sizes.”
PZTA is based on Pulse Secure’s new cloud-native, microservices-based, multi-tenant platform deployed globally in Microsoft Azure Cloud. The PZTA service consists of the Pulse ZTA Controller, which is hosted and managed by Pulse Secure, the virtual Pulse ZTA Gateway that customers deploy on-premises or in the cloud, and the unified Pulse ZTA Client which runs natively on each user’s Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS and iOS, and Google Android device.
Architecture, Performance, Data Privacy and Adaptive Control Advantages
According to the Gartner Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) market guide:* “ZTNA improves the flexibility, agility and scalability of application access, enabling digital businesses to thrive without exposing internal applications directly to the internet, reducing risk of attack.” Further, “ZTNA augments traditional VPN technologies for application access, and removes the excessive trust once required to allow employees and partners to connect and collaborate. Security and risk management leaders should pilot ZTNA projects as part of a SASE [Secure Access Service Edge] strategy or to rapidly expand remote access.”
Pulse Zero Trust Access aligns with the Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) architecture of the Cloud Security Alliance, incorporating extensive identity and device authentication, separate control and data planes, centralised granular policy management, and micro-segmentation to thwart unauthorised access and attack propagation.
The Pulse ZTA Gateways are deployed in the customer’s on-premise and cloud environment closest to the application or resource while every user device access requires explicit authentication and authorisation by the Pulse Zero Trust Access service. This proximity optimises user experience, reduces latency, and enables hybrid IT deployment at scale. Customers gain full data privacy and data sovereignty since encrypted application traffic only flows between the ZTA Clients and ZTA Gateways.
PZTA governs each access request and session via a centrally deployed and managed policy. Building upon Gartner’s Continuous Adaptive Risk and Trust Assessment (CARTA) framework, PZTA augments contextual and identity-centric policies with built-in User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) whereby attributes for every session are monitored and assessed, applying proprietary risk scoring algorithms to identify non-compliant, malicious and anomalous activity, and take expedited threat mitigation actions.
Comprehensive Cloud-native, Secure Access Solution for Existing and New Customers
PZTA allows enterprises of any size to gain comprehensive Secure Access with a simple, scalable, cloud-native service that can be implemented in a matter of hours. The solution provides deployment flexibility and cohesive policy management for enterprises migrating applications from data centre to cloud, while also offering comprehensive secure access capabilities to those organisations with pure multi-cloud environments. This allows broad support for legacy applications and popular cloud apps such as those from Amazon, Atlassian, Box, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and Zoom.
PZTA can co-exist with Pulse Secure’s remote, mobile and network access solution portfolio including the Pulse Access Suite. Users can enjoy transparent, uninterrupted, and simultaneous access to applications and resources from their device of choice regardless of access method when leveraging the unified, multi-tunnel Pulse ZTA Client – SDP, VPN or NAC. Organizations gain implementation and operational efficiencies, investment protection and tool consolidation to realise lower overall cost of ownership.