Balancing security with ease of access to network and application resources is a major challenge for organizations when working collaboratively with external stakeholders during multi-phase projects. The mix of employees, business partners, contractors, and even customers each requiring different levels of secure access that can change based on device, location and stage of the project can lead to lengthy on-boarding periods and complex management tasks for busy IT departments.
Delays in granting secure access hamper the success of projects while cutting corners can lead to security issues and breaches of regulatory requirements. Pulse Secure Access for the Next Generation provides solutions designed to solve the challenges of access control, SSL VPN, and mobile device security.
Why we chose Pulse Secure
The Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) is a master developer of major tourism destinations in Abu Dhabi. TDIC was created in 2006 as the dedicated tourism asset management and development arm of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), in order to drive the investment, growth and development of the Emirate’s tourism sector. TDIC have been actively involved in many of the Emirate’s most prestigious and high profile projects.
Most of the projects handled by TDIC are collaborative efforts that include many international partners including brand owners, architects, project managers and suppliers along with engineering, legal and other specialist contractors required across the phases of each project. Massive construction projects such as The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort can span over many years requiring input from hundreds of people working with budgets running into hundreds of millions of dollars.
With pressures to meet the IT requirements of major projects and stringent security controls, TDIC developed processes to ensure that each device attaching to its network is security vetted along with installing any required software or patches. “This could lead to delays of several days as we worked through this process especially for people that wanted to bring their own devices (BYOD) rather than a TDIC provided laptop,” explains Mr. Khalil.
As part of a strategic project to strengthen its security posture, meet its UAE IAS commitments and streamline the provisioning of network access to secure devices, the IT department at TDIC began evaluating a number of technology platforms.
TDIC has successfully used Pulse Connect Secure appliances and software for its SSL VPN access but wanted to take a deeper look at all the available options. “We looked at the market and there was a number of point solutions that addressed some of our requirements,” says Mr Khalil, “However, in our evaluation it was only Pulse Secure that had a fully integrated solution for both SSL and NAC, offering us the flexibility to design policies and processes that met all of our needs while providing a single management console to reduce many complex management requirements.”