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Brent GaynorOctober 28, 2020

Appgate 5.3 Now GA: Enhanced for Workplace Change and Adaptability

Focused on supporting businesses increasing reliance on Appgate SDP for complex policy control and protection of dynamic resources in today’s hybrid work environment.

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There is no shortage of change in 2020 and Appgate SDP 5.3 is built to embrace. For many, SDP is the centerpiece of their conditional access strategy and SDP 5.3 provides numerous enhancements to allow you to further integrate your controls and business systems with Appgate SDP to secure your environment and streamline operations.

A host of new integrations enhance client access while simplifying user experience. Now users can set their preferred attention mode that best suits their needs as well as a function that allows users to temporarily suspend/resume the Client.

Prior to version 5.3, enterprises utilizing web gateways had limited options to ensure the proxy auto-config (PAC) file was in place without a dedicated client. Now, SDP can verify a PAC file is in a valid location to help ensure users do not attempt to bypass enforcement and expose the device and business to malicious activity.

A new user claims hook that provides the ability to apply scripting after authentication and prior to policy assignment. This capability allows user, device, and system attributes to be reused as policy assignment criteria to better enable compute-intensive solutions such as continuous risk scoring.


For the hybrid workplace, there are additional capabilities to step up security and provide improved usability for your users.

Remedy selection and administration has been improved to allow setting more than one (1) action. You can now prompt the user for a reason for accessing particular resources as well as request MFA for step-up situations.

Version 5.3 now includes the ability to seamlessly recognize trusted networks and suspend SDP control. The ability to “hop-on” and “hop-off” allows users to utilize existing “trusted network” security and networking practices without disruption; providing new ways to adapt without repetitive and unnecessary security re-authorizations.


Enhanced support for “Security as Code” initiatives and the increasing adoption of containers as a development standard. Version 5.3 now provides native methods to deploy Appgate SDP to support your evolving resource protection needs.

Appgate SDP now has a native Terraform provider to define your infrastructure as YAML or JSON to deploy SDP infrastructure in your existing virtual environment on demand.

To drive your internal Appgate SDP logic and rules; Version 5.3 includes a Kubernetes (K8s) operator. Once defined, the K8s operator provides YAML or JSON files for provisioning SDP policies, conditions, or entitlements and a host of other items. This can be used with existing or new infrastructure using GitHub as the configuration source of truth.


The Terraform operator and K8s operator work well together or on their own depending on automation needs and environment. The source code is available today on Appgate’s GitHub repo.

Lastly, compressing the authentication process to a one-time event per session is now an option.

MFA at Login provides a way to mirror traditional authentication approaches for those users accustomed to a one-time authentication practice. This option is configurable within the admin console.


That is all for 5.3! We welcome your feedback and hope you enjoy the new capabilities. For more details, visit the Appgate SDP Release Notes page.

The Appgate Team

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