ANSecurity, an advanced network, and data security company, has become a Palo Alto Networks Managed Security Services Partner (MSSP). ANSecurity has delivered Palo Alto Networks security solutions for over 10 years, and as David Hood, CEO, explains, “We already work with many of our clients using Palo Alto Networks technology as part of our own co-driver managed services methodology, and this certification is a formalization of a long-standing relationship that validates that our security teams have the skill and expertise to implement and manage the entire product portfolio in accordance with best practice.” Availability on cloud categories The new Palo Alto Networks Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) offering will also be available via the Crown Commercial Services G-Cloud 12 Framework as part of the 20 security-focused services that ANSecurity has available through G-Cloud across Cloud Hosting, Cloud Software, and Cloud Support categories. Stuart Taylor, WEUR channel director at Palo Alto Networks, said, "ANSecurity has been a trusted partner of ours for about 10 years, currently holding Platinum status. Palo Alto Networks is pleased to award them MSSP status." "We look forward to working together to help customers transition to a managed services model that offers many benefits in terms of delivering an improved security posture while overcoming the acute cybersecurity skills shortage we see in the market today.” MSSP offerings The ANSecurity Palo Alto Networks MSSP offering includes support for Next-Generation Firewalls, Advanced Endpoint Protection, SaaS Security, and Centralized Management and is backed by a 24/7 Security Operation Center (SOC). The services are delivered within a flexible engagement model using co-driver, a methodology that helps organizations to better tailor service levels and support to their individual needs.
Pulse Secure, the provider of software-defined Secure Access solutions, announces its new suite of secure access solutions for hybrid IT that provides organizations a simplified, modular and integrated approach to modernize access productivity, management and Zero Trust control. Pulse Access Suite Plus helps businesses of all sizes and industries consolidate disparate security access tools to gain seamless, secure access to applications and resources from any location, network and device. According to Enterprise Strategy Group, 36% of enterprises are actively integrating disparate security analytics and operations tools to form a more cohesive security software architecture. CISOs are seeking scalable, intelligent, and automated solutions that can greatly improve security efficacy, operational efficiency, and business enablement. Architectures and integrated platforms At the same time, more than half of organizations consider seamless compatibility with their on-premises infrastructure as the most important consideration within their hybrid IT strategy. As such, architectures and integrated platforms will continue to supersede best-of-breed point tools in 2020 to align with the changing security needs of hybrid IT, mobile workers, and IoT device growth. Pulse Secure’s Access Suite Plus portfolio offers a compelling package that aligns to this procurement trend" “While organizations typically model how ‘best of breed’ solutions align to their requirements, many buying decisions consider the broader value of buying complementary and integrated technologies from a reduced selection of vendors. Pulse Secure’s Access Suite Plus portfolio offers a compelling package that aligns to this procurement trend,” said Jeff Wilson, chief analyst for cybersecurity at Omdia. Enabling secure access solutions Pulse Access Suite is a secure access solution set that provides adaptive identity and device authentication, protected connectivity, extensive visibility and analytics, and threat response across mobile, network and multi-cloud environments. By consolidating disparate security access tools into an integrated platform, enterprises gain easy access for users and a single-pane-of-glass to streamline provisioning, management and scalability. Organizations can centrally orchestrate Zero Trust policy to ensure compliant access to applications, resources and services across distributed network, private cloud and public cloud environments. “Now more than ever, companies must enable Secure Access solutions that enable them to digitally transform their organizations while providing their users simple, secure, and consistent access to their applications and infrastructure regardless of where they are deployed and independent of device and location,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure. Secure access functions “With our new Pulse Access Suite Plus, organizations gain more flexibility and capabilities to empower workforce mobility, and quickly scale secure access functions to optimize resources, support new business requirements, incorporate acquisitions, ensure business continuity and meet data protection requirements.” The Suite brings together a comprehensive secure access portfolio comprised of: Secure remote and cloud access with Zero Trust policy enforcement Multi-factor authentication (MFA) and single sign-on (SSO) Device compliance and mobile device management (MDM) Endpoint and IoT device profiler, and network access control (NAC) User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) and anomaly detection Application delivery controller (ADC) and Web Application Firewall (WAF) Optimal Gateway Selection (OGS) High availability and business continuity options Pulse One centralized management Experience superior productivity The Pulse Access Suite Plus also adds numerous new functions into this integrated offering, including: advanced User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA), service level and high availability assurance through virtual Application Delivery Controller, and on-demand emergency capacity coverage. Cloud and security infrastructure “The Pulse Secure Access Suite, since its launch in 2017, has experienced widespread adoption by our customers representing more than 50% of our new business. The Pulse Access Suite Plus represents an acceleration of this critical initiative to deliver the capabilities and interoperability enterprises and service providers need to remain agile and experience superior productivity, visibility and compliance.” added Sudhakar. Pulse Access Suite Plus comes in essential, advanced and enterprise editions Access Suite work with an enterprise’s existing network, cloud and security infrastructure and supports physical, virtual and cloud deployment. The solution supports a broad array of applications; legacy, Cloud and SaaS. With Pulse Access Suite, enterprises realize lower total cost of ownership while attaining procurement, deployment, expansion and support advantages. Pulse Access Suite Plus comes in essential, advanced and enterprise editions – each edition extends secure access functionality to support hybrid IT access and Zero Trust control. Access Suite are available within annual subscription, licensed by concurrent or named user, with prices starting from $80.00 to $155.00 USD per user per year. Virtual and cloud configurations Pulse Secure Appliances, sold separately, are available in physical, virtual and cloud configurations. Pulse Access Suite are sold through a global network of authorized partners and managed service providers. “Pulse Secure is a dedicated and focused vendor that has listened to our needs and created a Suite that fits how we as a channel want to sell Secure Access,” said David Hood, CEO of ANSecurity. “It helps us win more deals and grow our existing customers. In the last year, we have doubled the amount of business we transact with Pulse and our pipeline is consistent. The shift towards the software suites has made it easier for us to close bigger and more profitable deals.”
Pulse Secure, global provider of enterprise Secure Access solutions has announced the release of Pulse Policy Secure 9.0 to enable organizations an easier, flexible and VPN-integrated path to next-generation Network Access Control (NAC). The latest release incorporates more than 36 new features and enhancements; advancing visibility, usability, endpoint and IoT security, and threat response capabilities. As a result, enterprises can strengthen their security posture and mitigate malware, data breaches and compliance risks. “With growing attacks, BYOD and data privacy issues, enterprises must get a handle on users, endpoints and IoT devices accessing their network resources,” said Tony Massimini, senior industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “Pulse Secure is distinguished by offering the benefits of both pure-play and infrastructure NAC providers. Unlike infrastructure NAC, Pulse Secure is integrated and works with popular switches, wireless, and security infrastructure to facilitate deployment and threat response. Unlike pure-play NAC offerings, Pulse Secure offers VPN and NAC solutions that amalgamate mobile, cloud and network oversight. The combination delivers enterprise value for user, endpoint and IoT visibility, as well as threat response.” Pulse Policy Secure Pulse Policy Secure (PPS) is an enterprise-class NAC solution that delivers network visibility, “comply to connect” policy enforcement and security orchestration Pulse Policy Secure (PPS) is an enterprise-class NAC solution that delivers network visibility, “comply to connect” policy enforcement and security orchestration with popular switch, wireless controller, NGFW, SIEM, EMM and endpoint security solutions. PPS tackles the challenges of securing corporate networks, which are being redefined by Hybrid IT, mobile devices and IoT. Frost & Sullivan predicts that IoT connections will reach 45.4 billion by 2023. IoT brings new exposures as mobile, wearables, medical and other IP-enabled devices are introduced to the corporate network. Policy Secure 9.0 boosts compliance enforcement with broader endpoint discovery mechanisms, vulnerability assessment to prevent malware attacks such as WannaCry, as well as OS and patch management verification to safeguard Windows and macOS devices. Beyond supporting TACACS+ for role-based network device support, the release also streamlines user experience by incorporating host checking caching, directory, authentication and firewall integration techniques to reduce login prompts, authorization and device compliance time. Pule Profiler and Secure 9.0 Pulse Profiler, sold separately or integrated within PPS, automatically identifies managed and unmanaged devices Pulse Profiler, sold separately or integrated within PPS, automatically identifies managed and unmanaged devices (e.g. printers, VOIP phones, cameras) that are connecting to the corporate network. The system dynamically monitors for device profile and security state changes. The new version further extends IoT device discovery, classification and management features with added means to ascertain new and custom IoT devices, and to apply policy for conditional access. Policy Secure 9.0 further enables threat response orchestration. PPS can share identity and endpoint information with popular network and security infrastructure, as well as receive network policy enforcement requests from external solutions. The release extends integration with Palo Alto Networks, Checkpoint, Juniper and Fortinet firewalls to enrich their operational context, as well as to allow the firewall to invoke NAC endpoint network segregation or blocking. IoT Security and Threat Mitigation Organizations understand NAC advantages for visibility, IoT security and threat mitigation" "Organizations understand NAC advantages for visibility, IoT security and threat mitigation, but perceive the technology to be cumbersome. The latest release of Pulse Secure NAC continues to advance our deployment, usability and integration capabilities while delivering enterprise-class functionality,” said Scott Gordon, chief marketing officer at Pulse Secure. “With our unique means to offer a simple, unified NAC and VPN solution, we allow enterprises to gain essential intelligence, compliance and protection for remote, cloud and data center access.” Pulse Secure offers organizations an easy, flexible and scalable path to next generation NAC: Start with the Pulse Profiler for dynamic endpoint and IoT device visibility, assessment, inventory and monitoring Deploy Pulse Policy Secure for automated guest management, mobile on-boarding, endpoint remediation, network enforcement and threat response Streamline implementation with wizard templates and the means to phase in access enforcement, network coverage, and core integrations Scale cost-effectively with the PPS appliance, which includes a high-performance RADIUS server supporting up to 50,000 concurrent devices Centrally manage appliances and over a million endpoints though the Pulse One console Simplify and expedite NAC deployment for Pulse Secure VPN customers by leveraging the same user client, policy framework and centralized management console Network Access Control Solutions The evolution of Network Access Control solutions is critical to the security industry" "We are seeing more IoT deployments especially within our larger clients in healthcare and manufacturing and we welcome the enhancements to Pulse Policy Secure that help to discover and protect a wider array of devices,” said David Hood, MD of ANSecurity, “The evolution of Network Access Control solutions is critical to the security industry and deeper support for next generation firewalls and other security platforms offered by the new 9.0 release will go a long way towards helping organizations to simplify security in what is an increasingly complex infrastructure landscape.”
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