What’s New in Absolute Secure Access v13

Recently I wrote about NetMotion Mobility’s acquisition by Absolute Software. Absolute Secure Access (formerly NetMotion Mobility) is an enterprise VPN and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution that includes fine-grained policy enforcement to restrict network access based on a wide range of parameters, including IP address, protocol, port, application, time of day, location, and type of network (e.g., wired, Wi-Fi, wireless, etc.), available bandwidth, battery level, and more. It also includes integrated Network Access Control (NAC), which administrators can use to inform access policy decisions based on device security and configuration posture. Now, Absolute has created its first major release since the acquisition – Absolute Secure Access v13.

Secure Web Gateway

Absolute Secure Access is already the most comprehensive and compelling enterprise VPN and ZTNA solution available today. With the release of Absolute Secure Access v13, the solution now includes cloud-based Secure Web Gateway integration, providing administrators with increased visibility and control of web traffic outside the tunnel. Not all web traffic must flow through the secure web gateway. Administrators can use policy to selectively route web traffic through the secure web gateway to meet their requirements.

Enhanced Security

The secure web gateway feature of Absolute Secure Access v13 includes the following enhanced security features.

Web Filtering

The secure web gateway allows administrators to restrict access based on web category (e.g., gambling, malware sites, personal storage, etc.). Administrators can allow or deny access based on risk level or use the destination’s categorization to take policy action to restrict access further or require additional authentication.

TLS Inspection

The secure web gateway can terminate HTTPS (SSL/TLS) sessions to perform traffic inspection and granular content categorization based on the full URL. The TLS inspection certificate is added dynamically to the local computer certificate store.

Virus Scan

The secure web gateway performs malware and virus scans on web content and files, preventing users from downloading malicious software.

Remote Browser Isolation

Remote Browser Isolation (RBI) executes web browsing sessions on a remote, isolated system to prevent potential malware threats. It enhances security by ensuring malicious content is contained and executed away from the user’s device.

Content Disarm and Reconstruction

Content Disarm and Reconstruction (CDR) is a security feature that eliminates dynamic content from downloaded files and guards against zero-day vulnerabilities undetected by antivirus scans.

Data Loss Prevention

Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is designed to prevent sensitive or confidential data from being leaked, accessed, or shared inappropriately, ensuring data security and compliance with regulations.

Policy Enhancements

Absolute Secure Access policies now include actions that can be taken based on information from the secure web gateway. For example, if a user visits a risky category like Malware Sites, additional security features such as antivirus scan, CDR and DLP enforcement, and RBI can be enforced. In addition, administrators can now force reauthentication when users roam between networks.

Summary

Absolute Secure Access v13 significantly upgrades previous versions of Absolute Secure Access and NetMotion Mobility. The security enhancements associated with the new secure web gateway service will tremendously increase an organization’s security posture and eliminate the need for additional web security solutions. Absolute Secure Access has powerful security enforcement technologies with policy and NAC to ensure the highest level of security for today’s mobile workforce.

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NetMotion Mobility Is Now Absolute Secure Access

NetMotion Mobility is a premium enterprise mobility and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution that delivers unrivaled capabilities and performance. It includes many features unavailable in any other secure remote access solution. It is software-based, running on Windows Server, and does not require dedicated or proprietary hardware. It also features broad client support, including Windows (Professional and Enterprise), macOS, iOS (iPhone and iPad), and Android phones and tablets.

Absolute Software

Last year NetMotion Software was acquired by Absolute Software, makers of persistent, self-healing security software. Beginning with release 12.70, NetMotion Mobility has been rebranded as Absolute Secure Access. In addition, NetMotion Mobile IQ, a comprehensive visibility and reporting tool that integrates with Mobility is now Absolute Insights for Network.

What’s New in 12.70

Absolute Secure Access v12.70 has been completely rebranded, and the management user interface (UI) has a new look and feel. The UI and endpoint agent also includes new icons. In addition, Absolute Secure Access 12.70 includes the following new features.

  • Formal support for Windows Server 2022
  • Enhanced data warehouse security controls
  • Faster Network Access Control (NAC) checks
  • Improved user and device authentication certificate selection – no more user prompts!
  • Support for iOS 16

Migration Path

Migrating from NetMotion Mobility 12.5x to Absolute Secure Access 12.70 is straightforward. However. Migrating from NetMotion Mobility releases before 12.5x will prove more challenging. Specifically, the 12.5x release introduced some significant architectural changes which prevent in-place upgrades to 12.70. With NetMotion Mobility releases before 12.5x, it is recommended to implement new infrastructure running 12.70 and migrate users to the new infrastructure.

Additional Information

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NetMotion Mobility with Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Intune

NetMotion Mobility with Microsoft Endpoint Manager and IntuneNetMotion Software and Microsoft have now partnered to integrate NetMotion Mobility with Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Intune. NetMotion Mobility is a purpose-built enterprise VPN solution that has many advantages over competing remote access technologies. Using Microsoft Endpoint Manager or Intune, organizations can now quickly and easily provision NetMotion client software to their managed devices.

NetMotion Mobility

NetMotion Mobility is a popular remote access solution designed to meet the needs of enterprise organization with diverse mobility requirements. NetMotion Mobility uses a proprietary transport protocol that, unlike any other solution, is designed for mobility from inception. It includes many advanced features not found anywhere else. You can learn more about NetMotion Mobility here.

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Endpoint Manager and Intune

More information about the NetMotion Software and Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Intune partnership here.

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