Pulse Policy Secure: NAC Product Overview and Insight

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Company Description

Pulse Secure LLC is a provider of secure access and mobile security solutions to both enterprises and service providers. The company was formed in 2014 from Juniper Networks’ Junos Pulse business. Founded in 2004, it is privately owned and based in San Jose, Calif.

Product Description

Pulse Policy Secure version 5.4 has an on-box profiler for enterprise-grade visibility and multi-standard enforcement capabilities. It is integrated with multi-vendor firewalls, switches, wireless LAN controllers (WLCs), network infrastructure, security assessment & intelligence, endpoint security, and EMM vendors. It offers network admins the ability to apply policies for controlling device and user access to corporate networks. Typically, these policies include user authentication, endpoint configuration and device authentication. As companies increase BYOD adoption and prepare for the Internet of Things, the Pulse NAC solution supplies policy management, baseline, access control, guest networking services, proofing and visibility and bidirectional integration.


Agent and agentless options are available. Pulse Client 5.3 is the latest version, and supports Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.

Markets and Use Cases

Key use cases are BYOD, guest access, visibility and control, and compliance.

Applicable Metrics

Up to 50,000 concurrent users, 4.2 Gbps throughput and 115 user logins per second.

Security Qualifications

Policy Secure provides FIPS level 1 (FIPS 140-1 and 140-2) support. It also allows you to enable HIPAA security rules. Policy Secure 5.4 is DoD certified for Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL).
Intelligence: It can be deployed automatically using NetConf. Policy Secure also consumes threat intelligence information from some sources, such as Juniper Networks’ SRX firewall, and can use that intelligence to automatically change endpoint access.


Available via appliance (physical or virtual).


A la carte licenses are available in perpetual and subscription terms. An example is $40,000 list price for 1,000 users. Per user prices vary from $11- $80 per user, which is based on volume discounts. Another option is to buy Policy Secure as part of the Pulse Secure Access Suite. Per user pricing for the suite is higher.

Drew Robb
Drew Robb
Drew Robb has been a full-time professional writer and editor for more than twenty years. He currently works freelance for a number of IT publications, including ServerWatch and CIO Insight. He is also the editor-in-chief of an international engineering magazine.

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