Pulse Connect ushers PERSOL towards Zero Trust architecture

Pulse Secure has deployed VPN and Quarantine Management in Integrated Solution  at PERSOL Group, designed to provide secure, remote access to employees while enabling the company to move to a Zero Trust architecture.

Based in Japan, PERSOL Group comprises 136 companies in Japan and overseas, with 492 domestic and 188 overseas offices and staffed by a total of around 50,000 employees.

To overcome the challenges of maintaining its existing closed network, the group had initially sought to deploy a quarantine solution and a VPN solution to enable employees to connect to its servers securely, while enabling the IT team to control tightly where devices are accessed and by whom, with policy settings of Pulse Connect Secure.

However, it was unable to find a vendor that could deliver both solutions satisfactorily and in an easy-to-manage way, until it ran a PoC (proof-of-concept) test with Pulse Secure. With this exercise, the IT team at PERSOL found that Pulse Secure was able to deliver on both fronts, enabling employees to securely access the internal network with a vastly improved user interface.

As the pandemic in early 2020 forced the lockdown of cities globally, PERSOL accelerated its deployment of Pulse Connect Secure provided by Pulse Secure Japan to keep its business running amid emergency health and safety measures.

“The aim was to develop an infrastructure that is easy to use yet transparent to the end-user,” said Yasutaka Iida, section chief of the 2nd User Infrastructure Facility of the Group IT Headquarters, PERSOL Group. 

“We were looking to build a secure network where we no longer need to be aware of being inside or outside the office, and that could be flexibly tailored to absorb group growth requirements,” said Iida.

By the end of April 2020, PERSOL was able to allow 10,000 simultaneous connections, up from an initial 5,000 in the Kanto region in Japan. More importantly, the change heralded the first step towards a modern network infrastructure, one that is based on high-performance connections and security built from the ground up with Zero Trust.

“Zero Trust is a concept that we are excited about and are actively developing for because it simplifies and transforms how we manage our infrastructure,” added Iida.