Pulse Secure helps Hogarth Worldwide to improve secure access

17 June 2020

Hogarth Worldwide is a creative production business headquartered in London with established production hubs in New York, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Bucharest.

Founded in 2008 and majority-owned by WPP Group, it provides marketing production and adaptation services for some of the world’s most recognisable brands and global multinationals.

Its integrated production workflow and media asset management technologies bring all-media production under a common workflow to generate tangible savings for clients. 

The company’s IT department looks after over 4000 users, across 50 sites connected to 5 data centre locations.

Hogarth is known for its technology. This technology has three primary functions: the automation of processes that don’t need human input; the online approval of assets; and the global management and delivery of marketing assets.

The company has a 100 strong development team and develops all of its own systems in-house.

The cloud-based technology it has developed is used to deliver its service around the globe, engaging with clients wherever they are, and delivering assets to clients and media–owners in any country in the world. 

Security is a critical part of this service and Hogarth manages its own multi-layered secure access platform.

Having grown rapidly over the last decade, the company had reached capacity on its legacy Juniper VPN solution that was also heading towards end of support.

With the need to upgrade fast approaching, Hogarth decided to both refresh its secure access platforms to meet greater demand and gain access to more advanced capabilities.

The company also decided to deploy a network access control (NAC) solution to strengthen and enforce roles-based access and endpoint security policy for network user, guest and IoT devices. 

“We initially created a shortlist of vendors from the Gartner magic quadrant and starting examining a few options,” says Peter Smith, Global Network Architect at Hogarth.

“Our key criteria was a VPN and NAC platform that was easy to deploy and manage, with strong compatibility across a wide range of devices, plus the ability to adapt. Pulse Secure was able to meet these requirements.” 

The combined solution is deployed as part of a Zero Trust approach to security allowing Hogarth to ensure its distributed workforce is authenticated, authorized and secure when accessing applications and resources across its own data center and cloud-based resources.

The solution is integrated into its Ruckus based Wi-Fi network, Radius authentication server and multi-factor authentication which runs in Azure.

The data from all these systems is passed to a SIEM to allow the IT department to detect any issues and automate threat response to mitigate malware, rogue devices, unauthorized access and data leakage risks.