Pulse Secure, the provider of software-defined Secure Access solutions, has launched Pulse Zero Trust Access (PZTA), a cloud-based, multi-tenant secure access service that enables Pulse Secure channel and MSSP partners to provide enterprise users easy, anywhere access to multi-cloud and data centre applications with Zero Trust assurance.
PZTA delivers zero trust as a service empowering the channel to extend their secure access business opportunities driven by remote workplace and utility computing trends. Based on a per user annual subscription model, the service simplifies access management with single-pane-of-glass visibility, end-to-end analytics, granular policies, automated provisioning, and advanced threat mitigation designed for today’s increasingly mobile workforce and hybrid IT resources.
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 partners can deploy on customers’ 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.
PZTA service is available today at an annual subscription MSRP starting at $180 per user for up to 500 users with volume and multi-year discounts being offered. Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) can take advantage of flexible deployment options with plans to allow MSPs to host the ZTA Controller in their or their customers’ infrastructure, and the ZTA Gateways across any hybrid environment.
“As a channel focused business, we provide solutions that enable easy and profitable delivery by our worldwide network of partners. Pulse Zero Trust Access follows in that same model, enabling our partners to provide Zero Trust as a service along with their own value-added services to our mutual customers and their growing need to optimise secure access capabilities across data centre and cloud resources,” said Alex Thurber, chief revenue officer at Pulse Secure.
“The current health crisis has highlighted the need for simple yet scalable secure access. By offering a complete zero trust, application access service from a single, trusted vendor – partners can provide a comprehensive solution that is up and running in days with a compelling, hybrid IT value proposition at a time of increased demand for workplace flexibility and cloud migration,” Paul Donovan, vice president of EMEA sales.
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 solution 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.
“As a Pulse Secure Partner, we have witnessed the transition from delivering remote access to truly zero trust secure access solutions. The Pulse ZTA promises to be a great solution to deliver this in an easily deployable offer, using much of our customers’ existing investment. Pulse have always proven to be a channel first company, and Axians has worked closely with Pulse during their evolution. We look forward to talking to customers about the exciting development,” said Andy Butcher, general manager at Axians Networks UK.
According to a 2020 Zero Trust Progress Report, more than half of cybersecurity decision makers (53%) plan to adopt Zero Trust access capabilities with a hybrid IT deployment.