The ability to work anywhere, anytime, and from anywhere is a massive convenience—and often an utter necessity in today’s fast-paced, always-on world. There’s been a groundswell of desire to bring your own device (BYOD) to work, but before corporate IT departments can permit this freedom, they must be deeply confident that their organizations’ standards for security and privacy are upheld—especially as more people access sensitive business applications and information from their personal smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Pulse Secure is no exception.
Why we chose Pulse Secure
Juniper Networks employees use a variety of smartphones and tablets for work every day, and they often use their personal mobile devices, the company standard for smartphones, but others prefer a different platform. Despite the clamor for BYOD, most employees were doing little more than email or Internet access from their personal devices. Securely accessing business applications from their personal devices required too many extra steps, and many employees regarded the process as cumbersome. Employees had to manually configure both Wi-Fi and VPN access. And they needed to use a security token for two-factor authentication before they could access Pulse Secure’s corporate network.
Juniper’s IT department wanted to make BYOD easier and allow employees to access more applications, which would enable them to be more productive anywhere, anytime, and from any device. Convenience was a priority, but security had to be uncompromising. Juniper’s confidential information and intellectual property had to be protected.
“At Juniper Networks, our self-service solution for BYOD has made the lives of our employees easier and our service desk has seen a decrease in support issues relating to BYOD access.”
- Bask Iyer,
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Juniper Networks
Juniper employees now have unified access to wired and wired networks, which makes self-service BYOD possible. Unified Access Control leverages Pulse Secure’s MAG Series Pulse Secure Gateway, Pulse Connect Secure (SSL VPN), and Pulse Secure Unified Access Control (UAC) as well as AirWatch, a leading third-party enterprise-grade mobile device management (MDM) solution.
Unifying access control over wired and wired networks allows employees to connect seamlessly, collaborate anywhere, and enjoy more flexibility when mobile, so they can stay connected to the productivity tools and services they need—while Juniper’s rigorous security standards are upheld. With a few taps on the screen, an employee is on his or her way to using and making voice or video calls with Microsoft Lync or using Microsoft Office365, Salesforce.com, or another application from anywhere and from any mobile device.
Behind the scenes, Unified Access Control leverages the Pulse Secure framework to support attribute-based network access control for mobile devices. Certificates are provisioned via the open-standard Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), which ensures strong authentication and eliminating the need to enter random strings of numbers for a secure connection. Only mobile devices that have been enrolled in the AirWatch MDM and are compliant with the posture assessment are allowed access to corporate network. Because devices are granted access based on their security posture, more compliant devices can be given access to a broader set of applications, while less compliant devices are limited to, say, Internet access. Pulse PolicySecure (UAC) ensures that employees are placed on the right network segment when in the Juniper Networks offices, while Pulse Connect Secure (SSLVPN) enforces the policies if the employees access the corporate network remotely.