Pulse Secure today announced the launch of 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 center applications with Zero Trust assurance.
PZTA delivers zero trust as a service empowering the channel to extend their secure access business opportunities driven by iremote 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.
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, centralized granular policy management, and micro-segmentation to thwart unauthorized 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.