Category Archives: Pulse Secure

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Free appliance upgrades with the Pulse Access Suite

Category : Pulse Secure

The Pulse Secure Advance Now promotion combines the high performance of the Pulse Secure Appliance with new software intelligence of the Pulse Access Suite. Use it to securely connect mobile users to the cloud and your corporate network.
A free PSA300, PSA3000, PSA5000 or PSA7000 when you replace an SA, IC or a MAG appliance under support and purchase a minimum number of Pulse Access Suite licenses.
Up to a 40% discount of the suggested list price for the purchase of Pulse Access Suite Advanced or Enterprise editions.
*This promotion is for SA, IC and MAG customers with a valid support subscription.
Find the complete terms and conditions here.
Why upgrade?
  • Cloud services flexibility
  •  Easy BYOD
  •  Automatic compliance
  •  Simple integration
  •  No passwords
  •  Unified policy and visibility

UPGRADE NOW!


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Setting and Enforcing Policies with Pulse Secure Access Suites

Category : Pulse Secure

A demonstration of how to control which users are able to access which network and cloud resources. Policy variables include who is connecting, where they are, what device they are using, and the security posture of the device.
We will also take a quick look at the new virtual license server, explaining which license it can hold and which devices it can lease licenses to.
Recorded Jun 20 2017 61 mins

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Secure Access Solutions for Mobile, Cloud, and Internet of Things

Category : Pulse Secure

[WEBINAR] Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 8:00-9:00am PST / 11:00-12:00pm EST

Embrace the latest cloud, mobile and IoT technologies with Secure Access. Learn how Pulse Secure’s latest features and capabilities make it simple to securely roll out new end-user services to support the latest IT transformation without compromising security compliance or taxing your IT team.

Last year we delivered over 250 new product features. Learn about the latest features in:

  • Connect Secure 8.3r1
  • Policy Secure 5.4r1
  • Pulse Client 5.3r1

All are now available in Pulse Access Suite which makes planning, purchasing and deploying a snap. We’ve assembled our product owners to tell you what’s new, so be sure to join and drill down with the experts.

Source: https://www.pulsesecure.net/news-events/customer-webinars/latest-release-secure-access


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Affiliate of Pulse Secure, LLC to Acquire the Virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) Business from Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

Category : Pulse Secure

  • Transaction will further strengthen Pulse Secure’s leadership position in Secure Access Solutions by adding a virtual ADC portfolio with software and virtualization capabilities supporting hybrid IT and Cloud deployments
  • Will enable delivery of an enhanced and expanded set of offerings to the 20,000+ Pulse Secure customer installed base
  • Existing and new vADC customers will enjoy expanded support and R&D coverage

An affiliate of Pulse Secure, LLC (“Pulse Secure”), a leading provider of secure access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire assets associated with the Virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) product family from Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (“Brocade”).  The transaction includes a leased research and development facility in Cambridge, UK and associated customer support and maintenance contracts.

CIOs have become increasingly concerned with the complexity, cost, and security of providing users with Secure Access to the resources they need, especially as applications have evolved from on premise to virtualized, hybrid, mobile, and web/cloud environments, combined with an explosion in device types and access locations. This acquisition will add significant new capabilities to the Pulse Secure Access Platform, allowing Pulse Secure to deliver a complete end-to-end solution designed to reduce cost and complexity, increase security, and delight users.

Originally created as the world’s first fully virtualised application delivery controller, the Brocade vADC solution has become one of the most advanced virtual application delivery controllers in the market today. Importantly, the solution was “born virtual” and is a leader in the rapidly growing virtual ADC market. The solution can be quickly and easily provisioned either on premise, in a private/public cloud, or even through cloud service marketplaces such as AWS, Google, and Azure.  The Brocade vADC offering is recognized within the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers and is used by many organizations worldwide.

“This acquisition highlights our focus, commitment, and ongoing investment in building the industry’s leading secure access platform. The combined company’s nearly 750 employees post-acquisition will be uniquely focused on delivering secure access for people, devices, things, and services,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. “With the addition of Brocade’s vADC solutions, Pulse Secure will be able to deliver secure access to a complete customer application portfolio, from legacy data center applications, to web, cloud, and even mobile applications. We anticipate immediate synergies with our 20,000+ customers today, and we’ll be offering them this expanded capability via our global partner network.”

Kelly Herrell, senior vice president and general manager of software networking at Brocade, said, “Pulse Secure is a great fit for our vADC business and a positive outcome for our employees, customers and partners. Our vADC family is highly complementary to Pulse Secure’s current portfolio, and is expected to enhance Pulse’s capability to deliver a complete end-to-end secure access solution. Upon the close of the transaction, our customers and partners will benefit from access to a broader set of products, as well as Pulse Secure’s planned continued investment in our vADC product roadmap, and its stated commitment to continued support for our existing product lines.”

Rik Turner, a principal analyst on the infrastructure solutions team at Ovum Consulting, commented, “This is a logical move for Pulse, in that it fills out their portfolio and enables them to address more of the customers’ requirements. It also chimes nicely with their overall Secure Access message.”

Pulse Secure intends to hire certain Brocade employees associated with the vADC business.  This team will be working closely together with Pulse Secure after the acquisition closes to ensure continued support for customers.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  The transaction is expected to close in late June to mid-July 2017, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions and prior to the closing of the previously announced acquisition of Brocade by Broadcom Limited.

Source: https://www.pulsesecure.net/news-events/press-releases/affiliate-of-pulse-secure-llc-to-acquire-the-virtual-application-delivery-contr-gnw_1660554_001


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Affiliate of Pulse Secure, LLC to Acquire the Virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) Business from Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

Category : Pulse Secure

  • Transaction will further strengthen Pulse Secure’s leadership position in Secure Access Solutions by adding a virtual ADC portfolio with software and virtualization capabilities supporting hybrid IT and Cloud deployments
  • Will enable delivery of an enhanced and expanded set of offerings to the 20,000+ Pulse Secure customer installed base
  • Existing and new vADC customers will enjoy expanded support and R&D coverage

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — An affiliate of Pulse Secure, LLC (“Pulse Secure”), a leading provider of secure access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire assets associated with the Virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) product family from Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (“Brocade”).  The transaction includes a leased research and development facility in Cambridge, UK and associated customer support and maintenance contracts.

CIOs have become increasingly concerned with the complexity, cost, and security of providing users with Secure Access to the resources they need, especially as applications have evolved from on premise to virtualized, hybrid, mobile, and web/cloud environments, combined with an explosion in device types and access locations. This acquisition will add significant new capabilities to the Pulse Secure Access Platform, allowing Pulse Secure to deliver a complete end-to-end solution designed to reduce cost and complexity, increase security, and delight users.

Originally created as the world’s first fully virtualised application delivery controller, the Brocade vADC solution has become one of the most advanced virtual application delivery controllers in the market today. Importantly, the solution was “born virtual” and is a leader in the rapidly growing virtual ADC market. The solution can be quickly and easily provisioned either on premise, in a private/public cloud, or even through cloud service marketplaces such as AWS, Google, and Azure.  The Brocade vADC offering is recognized within the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers and is used by many organizations worldwide.

“This acquisition highlights our focus, commitment, and ongoing investment in building the industry’s leading secure access platform. The combined company’s nearly 750 employees post-acquisition will be uniquely focused on delivering secure access for people, devices, things, and services,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. “With the addition of Brocade’s vADC solutions, Pulse Secure will be able to deliver secure access to a complete customer application portfolio, from legacy data center applications, to web, cloud, and even mobile applications. We anticipate immediate synergies with our 20,000+ customers today, and we’ll be offering them this expanded capability via our global partner network.”

Kelly Herrell, senior vice president and general manager of software networking at Brocade, said, “Pulse Secure is a great fit for our vADC business and a positive outcome for our employees, customers and partners. Our vADC family is highly complementary to Pulse Secure’s current portfolio, and is expected to enhance Pulse’s capability to deliver a complete end-to-end secure access solution. Upon the close of the transaction, our customers and partners will benefit from access to a broader set of products, as well as Pulse Secure’s planned continued investment in our vADC product roadmap, and its stated commitment to continued support for our existing product lines.”

Rik Turner, a principal analyst on the infrastructure solutions team at Ovum Consulting, commented, “This is a logical move for Pulse, in that it fills out their portfolio and enables them to address more of the customers’ requirements. It also chimes nicely with their overall Secure Access message.”

Pulse Secure intends to hire certain Brocade employees associated with the vADC business.  This team will be working closely together with Pulse Secure after the acquisition closes to ensure continued support for customers.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  The transaction is expected to close in late June to mid-July 2017, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions and prior to the closing of the previously announced acquisition of Brocade by Broadcom Limited.


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Optimized for Next Generations’ Secure Access – Pulse Connect Secure 8.3

Category : Pulse Secure

Pulse Secure introduced the Secure Access Suite and we are happy to announce  Pulse Connect Secure 8.3R1 release, a key product of Pulse ’s Secure Access solution. With this release, we have focused on building exciting new capabilities, around three key themes.

·       Integration across the Secure Access product portfolio

·       Usability and Simplicity of operation and deployment, for users & administrators

·       Compatibility & Ecosystem, for continued market leadership 

Cloud Secure, an existing capability of Pulse Connect Secure, converts Connect Secure into a Unified Gateway for all resources, while offering seamless Single Sign-on, with assured Security based on User identity, role authorization and Device posture compliance. With this release of Cloud Secure and integration with Pulse Policy Secure, Pulse Connect Secure now offers optimized and consistent access for devices outside the corporate network, or inside the network. This means that we now support roaming users, who sign into our Secure Access solution once, and then continue to get seamless cloud access as they roam inside and outside the corporate network, without having to worry about re-authenticating with complex credentials. At the same time, IT is guaranteed that the devices get access only as long as they continue to meet the compliance needs setup for the role and resource. We have also made deployment of Cloud Secure a breeze, even for deployments with ADFS – in such an environment, Cloud Secure provides ‘Secure’ SSO for all remote devices.

From a deployment standpoint, Pulse Connect Secure is offering its customers a Virtual Licensing Server, where customers now have the flexibility to deploy their Pulse solutions as completely virtual offerings, and in doing so reap all the obvious benefits of virtualization, such as Fault Tolerance, Live Migration etc. The Virtual Licensing server offers the complete capability set as the physical Licensing server, and works with all Virtual or Physical appliances, across Pulse Connect Secure and Pulse Policy Secure.

Some other enhancements in areas such as Kerberos Constrained Delegation for Email on Mobile devices (with Certificate Authentication), improved client support (CTS and WSAM support added) for Citrix access when deployed with Storefront, IPv6 enhancements, VPN Only Access mode, and others that will help streamline deployment in our customers’ environments.

In summary, we are really excited about the dynamic features available in the Pulse Connect Secure 8.3R1.  Please visit Pulse Secure (Click here) or contact us for a demonstration.


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WannaCrypt just killed your weekend…

Category : Pulse Secure

We have grown accustomed to computer viruses but the latest WannaCrypt worm attack was a Friday surprise that took the world by storm. It claimed more than 200,000 victims in less than 48 hours, according to one count by Europol, Europe’s policing agency. The Associated Press also reported that the ransomware spread to 150 countries, and attacked all types of companies including Chinese gas stations, Japanese broadcasters, British hospitals, and German railways.

The “WannaCrypt” worm is particularly malicious because it takes just one person to click on an infected link or email attachment to get infected. Once infected, the host machine scans both the intranet and internet for other vulnerable machines which allows the virus to spread incredibly fast.

It was not a good way for IT teams to kick off their weekend.

Host Checker can save your weekend…

Let’s look at the WannaCrypt ransomware in more detail. The malware exploits a known Microsoft Windows Vulnerability MS17-010, which is Microsoft’s implementation of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. Microsoft had released a “Critical” advisory and the security patch to fix this vulnerability two months prior to the May 12th attack. So, if IT kept user devices current with Windows security patches, they prevented infection and spread of the virus. The second key aspect of the WannaCrypt ransomware is its ability to quickly spread. If one computer gets infected on the intranet without getting its access blocked, it will infect all other vulnerable computers on the intranet.

Pulse Secure can help prevent this scenario using the compliance enforcement capabilities embedded within Pulse Connect Secure and Pulse Policy Secure. When a user attempts to connect to the corporate network, locally via WiFi or remotely via VPN, the host checker function automatically checks for policy compliance of the host machine examining such things as antivirus, firewall, anti-spyware, OS version and patch management. The device is not allowed to attach to the network if it fails the policy check.

Now how could host checking help prevent or contain the WannaCrypt attack? Once Microsoft published the security update for the MS-170 exploit on March 2017, users attempting to login without the patch would be denied network access and prompted to install the latest patch. In addition, administrators could also block or restrict access for users from outdated/unsupported version of Windows such XP or Vista.

Problem solved.  Weekend saved.

Host Checker is an integral part of Secure Access solutions from Pulse Secure.

Go here to get a deeper technical dive on how to defeat WannaCrypt with Host Checker.

Learn more about how to enforce compliance security for both data center and cloud access by visiting our product page.


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SyferLock joins Pulse Secure’s Technology Partner Program

Category : Pulse Secure

SyferLock Technology announced that it has joined Pulse Secure’s Technology Partner Program and has proven interoperability of SyferLock’s GridGuard two-factor and multi-factor authentication solutions with Pulse Connect Secure and Pulse Workspace. SyferLock’s software-based authentication solutions now provide stronger access controls for Pulse Secure’s secure access and mobile security solutions, without the need for hardware tokens and without mobile device dependency like SMS-based or push-based solutions.

“We continue to expand the platforms that SyferLock can integrate with. We are pleased that SyferLock’s software-based authentication solutions are now interoperable with Pulse Secure’s solutions,” stated Chris Cardell, CEO of SyferLock. “SyferLock provides users of Pulse Connect Secure and Pulse Workspace with a device-less, cost-effective alternative for two-factor and multi-factor authentication. SyferLock’s user friendly authentication solutions are easy to deploy with Pulse Secure’s secure access and mobile security solutions,” added Cardell.

“Pulse Secure is committed to ensuring our secure access and mobile security solutions can easily integrate with a range of secure, cost-effective options for strong authentication,” said Andreas Koch, VP of Corporate Development for Pulse Secure. “Adding SyferLock to Pulse Secure’s Technology Partner Program provides another choice for two-factor and multi-factor authentication for our customers,”

SyferLock’s GridGuard delivers two-factor and multi-factor authentication utilizing patented software-based grids to convert static passwords/PINs into secure one-time passwords or PINs (“OTPs”). SyferLock’s flexible, adaptable solutions enable enterprises to cost-effectively address strong authentication across a range of use cases and with a range of platforms


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Announcing ‘Built for Mobility’ release from Pulse Secure

Category : Pulse Secure

Pulse Secure just released updates to its Pulse Workspace service and Mobility Clients on iOS & Android platforms. This is a ‘Built for Mobility’ release, and makes strides in enabling Mobility for the Enterprises, as part of our ‘Secure Access’ portfolio.

Pulse Workspace is our Mobile Device Management offering, and allows enterprises to seamlessly enable ‘BYOD’ initiatives for their end users. It is an offering designed with ‘Simplicity’ as a key focus, where Simplicity can be defined as – Guaranteeing Security to enable Productivity and great end user experiences. This is unlike what typical management solutions provide – lockdown controls to manage security, and in the process, create end user frustration. At the end of the day, the whole notion of enabling mobility, is to allow your users to be productive and happy on these devices – if you lose this as part of Secure management, then you haven’t really delivered on the goal.

With this release of Pulse Workspace (and the mobile clients – iOS & Android), we have focused on the App Delivery experience, that is key to enabling a seamless mobile rollout. Pulse Workspace now provides an Enterprise App Store, which is a one go to place for all end users to discover and download / install the needed apps, for being productive on the go. Now some apps may be marked as ‘Mandatory’ by the admin, such as email for all users, or Salesforce for the sales teams, and these apps are auto installed as part of enrolling a device. But for other apps that you don’t want to force the user to have, the users have an option to go and discover apps that may be meaningful to them, and if considered relevant, seamlessly install on their devices. As expected, these apps and the related data, is part of the managed ‘container’ on that device, as enabled by the underlying operating systems – iOS and Android for Work. Further to the app delivery flexibility, we have also introduced ‘App Config’ capabilities, that allow an admin to pre-configure the needed settings for an app to work. So, if you are pushing Salesforce, you can pre-configure Salesforce with the Server / Domain URL it must connect to. When a Sales user receives the Salesforce app as part of device enrollment, his experience is seamless – click the app to launch, and it auto connects to Salesforce and starts showing data; no user intervention / configuration required. This experience relies on something little more than App Config – enterprises can leverage our Cloud Secure solution, for seamless SSO into cloud services.

On the client side, we continue to make our unified mobile clients (one single client for VPN, MDM & End point protection) more powerful, yet seamless. The 6.3.0 release (iOS & Android) provides the client side experience for Enterprise App Store and App Config, but beyond that also introduces new innovations such as Stealth Mode that enables seamless access without the user even knowing about it, Support for Enterprise Wi-Fi, so that devices can be provisioned by Pulse Workspace to auto connect to corporate Wi-Fi networks, Profile level passcodes instead of device level enforcement, and much more.

Mobility is powerful, and with the right technology partner, it can also be truly secure and seamless. Pulse Secure brings to you Secure Access Solutions, that help you consolidate your IT infrastructure (VPN, MDM, NAC, IdP) into a single management and policy enforcement plane, while providing a seamless unified experience to your users.


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HOLY GUACAMOLE! – Chipotle Hit With Data Breach

Category : Pulse Secure

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has had a rough couple of years, however, it looked to be rebounding from an E.coli outbreak and other food safety issues that started in 2015. But, the burrito barons, the largest fast casual restaurant in the world with a $13.84 billion market capitalization according to Bloomberg data,can’t seem to stay away from drama and this time it comes in the form of a data breach.

The fast casual restaurant chain recently announced that it discovered unauthorized access to its payment card systems. Chipotle is investigating network activity from March 24, 2017 through April 18, 2017.

Dana Simberkoff, chief compliance and risk offer at AvePoint Inc. in Jersey City, N.J., said that Chipotle isn’t alone. They are in the “unenviable company of organizations—a list that seems to grow weekly, if not daily—that are reporting data breaches.”

Recently New Mexico became the 48th state to require companies to notify individuals affected by a data breach, leaving only South Dakota and Alabama without a breach notice law. State breach notice laws add extra scrutiny on companies across multiple jurisdictions, Simberkoff said. There are greater “consequences of failure” to secure valuable data due to increased post-breach scrutiny by regulators and the government, Simberkoff said.

Other quick food eateries have faced data breaches. McDonald’s Corp. and friend chicken giant Kentucky Fried Chicken Corp. both announced they were hit by separate data security incidents. Neither have seen class suits relating to the breaches so far.

But another fast food mainstay has seen litigation. The Wendy’s Co. must face class claims from financial institutions over an alleged data breach that hit consumers Oct. 22, 2015 through March 10, 2016. That case is still pending.

Maybe hackers have a special hankering for fast food. Guac not included.


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