SOURCE: Impulse


March 18, 2015 14:00 ET

Impulse Announces Industry Exclusive Identity-Aware Solution for Exinda, iboss, and Palo Alto

IdentityConnect™ Delivers Real-Time Contextual Intelligence for BYOD, Guest, and Managed Devices

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwired - Mar 18, 2015) - Impulse, the leader in Contextual Intelligence™ and access control solutions that support BYOD-friendly enterprises announces IdentityConnect™, a software-based offering for network management systems that enables identity-based policies for BYOD, guest, managed, and non-browser devices at a fraction of the cost of existing NAC alternatives.

Contextual Intelligence™ is the correlation of a device's attributes such as identity/group, device type, and ownership (company- or personally-liable) over time. IdentityConnect™ tracks these attributes in real-time to provide identity-to-device visibility to Exinda, iboss, and Palo Alto.

"The BYOD phenomenon has introduced a major blind spot when it comes to associating user identity with personally-owned devices," says Ben Fox, Impulse product manager. "Moving from one wireless zone to another results in IP reassignments that also limit the ability to track devices. IdentityConnect was designed to address this universal challenge."

IdentityConnect™ is a low-cost, purpose-built software offering that enables Exinda, iboss, and Palo Alto to assign bandwidth, web content filtering, and application access policies based on user identity, device type, or device ownership. Users benefit from SSO support and authentication persistence which eliminates repeated log-in portal prompts.

The solution includes a user authentication portal and comprehensive guest management system for self-enrollment without help desk involvement. 

"IdentityConnect enables Exinda's Network Orchestrator to build enhanced user policies for non-AD managed devices such as phones and tablets that can address the BYOD challenge faced by our education customers," says Kevin Suitor, VP of product management for Exinda. "The joint solution will ensure that all policies and quotas remain in place even as users move from one network to another."

"Alliances such as our partnership with Impulse are critical to combating today's complex and sophisticated cyber threats, because the sharing of technology elevates the cybersecurity posture of all our customers," says Peter Martini, iboss COO and co-founder.

"The future of the IT security industry is integration. Impulse is ahead of the curve by integrating with next-generation firewalls, like Palo Alto Networks," says Derek del Barrio, president of Solid Border, a Palo Alto reseller. "IdentityConnect enables Palo Alto to maintain accurate user identity for all devices on the network."

IdentityConnect installs quickly and it is supported by Impulse's comprehensive managed service program.