Software-defined secure access leader Pulse Secure, has announced successful integration and joint compatibility testing between Gigamon and Pulse Secure to ensure customers that use Pulse Secure’s Network Access Control (NAC) solution, Pulse Policy Secure, can fully leverage the endpoint contextual information received from Gigamon as remote workers return back to their office. The combination of Gigamon and Pulse Secure provides organizations real-time visibility of network-connected devices and Zero Trust control leveraging adaptive authentication and User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) to detect anomalies and mitigate unauthorized and malicious access to network applications and resources.
This follows the news from last month the company released Pulse Access Suite Plus to help businesses consolidate disparate security access tools to gain seamless, secure access to applications and resources from any location, network and device. Earlier this month, Gigamon delivered comprehensive visibility for Nutanix powered private cloud architectures.
Pulse Policy Secure is a full-featured NAC solution and now Gigamon can send it consolidated traffic information with dynamic filtering to enhance endpoint visibility across distributed networks to allow more automated endpoint security compliance. Leveraging Pulse Secure UEBA features, Pulse Policy Secure can identify and respond to anomalous activity such as suspicious IoT activity, DGA attacks and MAC spoofing as part of the solution’s adaptive authentication capabilities aligning to Zero Trust control.
“The growing adoption of Zero Trust makes it essential that the security vendor community works in concert to ensure that critical security analytic data flows seamlessly across solutions to provide the visibility and control enterprises need to make better informed secure access decision in real time,” said Alex Thurber, Chief Revenue Officer for Pulse Secure. “We have worked closely with Gigamon at a technical level to create a smooth integration process with capabilities that will ensure our joint customers gain tangible benefits in deploying our technologies together to aid both network management and secure access in support of Zero Trust.”
Joint Solution Benefits include:
- Support Zero Trust strategies. Discover, profile and authenticate users and devices prior to granting access according to their security posture.
- Define security posture policies for user roles and endpoints. Then automatically enforce access rules on all endpoints (based on identity, role, device class and security posture) before they are allowed on the network.
- Improve overall security. Enforce dynamic network segmentation of devices at the network edge to prevent threats from spreading laterally, and enable bidirectional integration with the security infrastructure (SIEM and NGFW, for example) for expedited threat response.
- 360-degree endpoint insight. Pulse Policy Secure captures in-depth endpoint intelligence and continuously monitors for suspicious state changes to provide reports about access issues and trends.
- Behavioral Analytics. Correlation of user access, device contextual information, and system logs in a new analytics engine to find anomalies and mitigate threat risks.
Pulse Policy Secure integrates with the Gigamon Visibility and Analytics Fabric, which is used to monitor all network traffic — including east-west data center traffic and private and public cloud workloads — so all traffic can be analyzed together in order to reduce blind spots and increase the likelihood of spotting suspicious behavior.
“Ecosystem partnerships are essential to the adoption of Zero Trust initiatives and working closely with key Secure Access vendors, such as Pulse Secure, help ensure the seamless integration that is vital for customers to maximize their return on investment,” said Gigamon President and Chief Operating Officer Shane Buckley. “As organizations strive to do more with fewer resources, they often turn to automation to help realize benefits that are greater than the sum of their contributing parts.”
Additional benefits of using Gigamon alongside Pulse Secure include traffic aggregation to minimize port utilization. In cases where network links have low traffic volumes, the Gigamon Visibility and Analytics Fabric can aggregate these together before sending them to the Pulse Policy Secure NAC solution in order to minimize the number of ports that need to be used. By tagging the traffic, the Fabric ensures the source of traffic can be easily identified.
In addition, Gigamon Visibility and Analytics Fabric offers enhanced control of asymmetric routing to ensure session information is kept together. Pulse Policy Secure gains the complete context of an endpoint’s connections and fortified security analytics.
“Based on the principle of ‘never trust, always verify,’ Zero Trust Networking (ZTN) requires the coordination of various security technologies to enable perimeter enforcement, network segmentation and adaptive access control,” said Tony Massimini, senior industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “Vendor collaboration, such as that between Gigamon and Pulse Secure, demonstrates the value of interoperability that supports customers advancing Zero Trust initiatives.”
The enhanced integration capability is freely available as part of the standard licensing model for both platforms, as part of Pulse Policy Secure and Gigamon Visibility and Analytics Fabric. Pulse Secure Partners also offers Gigamon solutions to its client base, making the partnership of particular relevance to the security channel community.
These partnerships are indeed important as vendors need to coordinate to provide a zero trust environment for customers. Moreover, these agreements and interop testing, etc., allow companies to build solutions they feel are best-in-breed as opposed to being locked into single-vendor ecosystems.
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