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Guest Post: Combating Modern Security Threats with Modern Solutions

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 10, 2017 by itnerd

By: Michael Murphy, VP and Country Manager, Citrix Canada

In recent months, we’ve seen an increase in the number of cyber security breaches across the world. From concerns over the DNC’s email leaks to Wannacry and the Petya virus the vulnerability of corporate data to external threats has been exposed on a global pedestal.

Modern cyberattacks are no longer limited to government or those at the highest levels within corporations. Anyone with internet access or a smart phone needs to consider how they will safeguard themselves from a potential hack. From a business perspective, companies need to approach security assuming a threat is imminent and acknowledge that it is a collective responsibility to take steps toward minimizing that threat – not just the responsibility of the IT department.

So, what are some best practice provisions that companies can employ to safeguard their data from a potential breach?

Educate and re-educate. Security cannot begin and end with the IT department. Every employee needs to be aware of and updated on company security policies and educated on what the proper tools and procedures are for accessing their apps and data remotely, regardless of the device. Appreciating and recognizing the threats and threat vectors that exist and are constantly evolving is equally important for employees to be knowledgeable about. Making everyone accountable will also help to demystify security as something owned by one department.

Identify risks in the system. Building a sound IT infrastructure means constantly assessing potential weak points. This requires a network infrastructure that allows a company to recognize where risks may be and identify methods for fixing those risks. IT must be made aware of any 3rd party apps running on the network, any users who are accessing the system remotely, and help identify and direct any unusual traffic access the data center.

Virtualize your apps and data. Companies can prevent the loss of data by virtualizing applications and storing information on the cloud rather than the hardware itself. That way, if an employee’s computer is attacked, no company data can be found on it. Using centralized data centres mean IT can update computers with the necessary patches all at once, rather than relying on end-users to complete the updates.

 

Have a disaster recovery plan in place. In the event that a breach does occur it is imperative that companies have a thorough, company-wide disaster recovery plan. Each level of the organization should be aware of what steps must be taken to first stop a breach and then re-secure company systems.

Security is about matching wants with needs. Employees want ease of access, companies want productivity and both want the comfort of knowing their information and devices are secure.

Ideally, businesses are integrated, security is comprehensive, and digital workspaces unify and enrich the user experience. For this ideal to be realized all types of enterprises must consider every touchpoint within their organization. IT must manage increasingly complex, hybrid and multi-cloud environments, and integrating smart IT practices when threats are known will help to protect in times of crisis and quickly restore systems that have been compromised.

This holistic security and analytics approach will help organizations to address the growing cybersecurity threats we all presently face, while preparing for the future unknown.

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Citrix Named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape for Enterprise Mobility Management

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 9, 2017 by itnerd

Citrix has announced it has been named as a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise Mobility Management Software 2017 Vendor Assessment. The IDC MarketScape highlighted XenMobile integration capabilities along with strong remote access control, VPN and granular inspection and security of mobile traffic as key differentiators.

According to the report, “For all-in Citrix environments, XenMobile is the most logical choice of EMM platform to integrate with a larger Citrix Xen-based application and desktop delivery architecture. Even for customers not going all the way with Citrix Workspace concept, having these products together is an advantage from a cost and overall management perspective.”

This highlights the fact that Citrix is a leader in this space, and that they should be on the list for companies looking for enterprise mobility management functionality.

Citrix & Google Announce Enhancement To Their Strategic Relationship

Posted in Commentary with tags , on July 22, 2017 by itnerd

Businesses today must quickly adapt to the demands of a global economy and workforce. Success is increasingly defined by the ability to optimize and protect the information surrounding people, organizations and devices. To help businesses tackle these challenges and fully embrace the benefits of flexibility and scale that cloud delivers, Citrix has announced extensions to its long-term strategic relationship with Google. Customers will be able to use Citrix Cloud to provision and manage secure digital workspaces, including Citrix Workspace Service, on Google Cloud Platform. Citrix and Google are working together to bring cloud delivery of applications and desktops, and secure cloud-optimized endpoints to their enterprise customers who are increasingly looking to both public and hybrid clouds to solve their business requirements for secure digital workspaces.

Along with these new cloud solutions, Citrix and Google also announced new integrations, available today, between Citrix ShareFile and Google G Suite that enable follow-me-data when using Citrix workspace solutions. A new ShareFile plug-in that allows the secure sharing of files via Gmail and a ShareFile connector to Google Drive provides users with one place to find all their documents. In addition, Citrix NetScaler CPX is available now on Google Cloud and is targeted for availability in the Google Cloud Launcher marketplace by the end of the quarter. Google Cloud’s emphasis on containers and the Kubernetes orchestration system will allow the developer community to use NetScaler CPX to easily build and scale secure applications in the cloud.

With Citrix Cloud services integrated with Google Cloud, Google customers will have the ability to easily add virtual apps and desktops that run on Google Cloud and use them alongside the G Suite productivity suite.

Citrix and Google continue to work on delivering secure end point solutions for accessing digital workspaces with the recently announced Citrix Receiver for Chrome 2.4, which offers true multi-monitor support on Chromebooks. Google recently announced official Chrome Browser support for Citrix along with graphics optimizations available only on XenApp. Google and Citrix product teams continue their collaboration to enhance and optimize XenApp delivery to Chrome OS based devices for enterprise customers with ongoing Receiver for Chrome updates.

Infographic: Building The Digital Workplace

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 30, 2017 by itnerd

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Source: Oxford Economics And Citrix

In Depth: Citrix Discusses How A Company Can Embrace Remote Work Without It Being A Pain

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 26, 2017 by itnerd

In today’s digital world, employees want flexibility to work outside the traditional constraints of the office. While more companies have begun accommodating remote workers, other companies have pulled back from allowing remote work. The best example of the latter being IBM who pulled the plug on remote work in May of this year which lead to many people leaving IBM. However on the other end of the spectrum, Automatic who owns WordPress closed some rather expensive real estate in San Fransisco because almost everyone worked remotely.

The fact is that remote work isn’t going away, a recent Oxford Economics study indicates that work now comes to you, and with you, wherever and whenever you decide. Mobile technology and new approaches to management are creating a new kind of digital workplace that can increase productivity, lower costs, and reduce stress. In other words, working remotely isn’t going away and companies need to embrace this trend. To better understand how companies can do just that, I had a conversation with Ching Mac of Citrix Canada to get his thoughts as this something that Citrix has been on the leading edge of for years.

According to Mr. Mac, what Citrix sees is that work is not about being in a 9 to 5 environment. It’s about getting stuff things done and that can between say 6 AM to Midnight wherever you happen to be with breaks in between to run an errand or something similar. He calls is work slicing which is an appropriate term from my perspective. It increases your productivity and people are a lot more happy.

For companies to successfully pull this off, they need a proper IT infrastructure to support that, along with a strong mobile work policy that is applied across the organization fairly. These are areas that Citrix can help an organization who wishes to roll out something like this as most of their workers are remote and they’ve been doing this for years successfully. I say that because they have proven solutions be it XenApp and XenDesktop or XenServer that can make this largely pain free for companies because it allows for a consistent user experience regardless of whether you use a iPad or a Windows 10 desktop while ensuring security for your organization. That’s important  because the security needs of one organization are often different from another organization.

Finally, employers will have to adapt to this new reality. Mr. Mac’s advice is that there’s no point in fighting it. People do want this sort of flexibility and the millennial generation especially expect it. So be open to employees using the device of their choice from wherever they want to use it from. Just have the infrastructure and policies in place. At the end, it’s only going to help that employer get higher employee satisfaction and productivity from their workforce. Both of those are things that any company should want at the end of the day.

 

Citrix Unveils Innovations at Synergy Conference

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 23, 2017 by itnerd

Organizations that harness the full potential of their people will drive business success that will power the future of work. According to a recent Oxford Economic Research study, executives who supported virtual work and mobile business strategies outperformed their peers across a wide range of business metrics, including higher revenue growth and profits, reduced expenses, increased employee retention and better customer satisfaction.

To help businesses drive transformational performance and greater employee engagement, Citrix is announcing new secure digital workspace offerings at Citrix Synergy that will power the future of work, enabling customers to reimagine where and how work happens – and what connected ‘things’ are involved.

New Citrix innovations include enhanced user experience capabilities in a unified, secure digital workspace; new mobile, software-defined networking and analytics services in the Citrix Cloud and advanced document workflows. In addition, Citrix is introducing a new intelligent security framework geared to secure and simplify access and control of the apps and data people need to work.

Simplifying the User Experience to Fuel Productivity

Gartner says organizations currently using cloud services indicate they are allocating 40 percent of their IT budget to cloud-related spending (including cloud-related services). Seventy-eight percent of these organizations plan to increase their spending on cloud through 2017. This proliferation of cloud technologies is frustrating end users that must navigate multiple cloud services, apps, and data sources as well as disparate access methods and credentials. Meanwhile, shadow IT increases these challenges by adding even more unsanctioned apps and tools. This, in turn, increases service complexity and the risk of security breaches as users circumvent IT standards.

To fuel productivity, Citrix is introducing an enhanced secure digital workspace user experience, which unifies access and management of mobile, SaaS, web and Windows apps and documents, and consolidates access, control and workflows in one, easy-to-use solution. With a single sign-on using any federated identity, employees gain simple, secure access to a seamless, consistent experience on any device. Unlike other solutions, the Citrix secure digital workspace is designed to be contextual, ensuring employees have the optimal balance of security, productivity and performance based on location, device, identity and other analytics.

The new workspace experience is also the only solution to include advanced content collaboration, information rights management and business workflow capabilities. From directly within the secure digital workspace, users can create, edit and collaborate on Office 365 online documents. They can then initiate a custom workflow and approval process with colleagues – all without leaving the workspace, and without having to re-authenticate as they switch between SaaS applications.

Providing Enhanced Security and Analytics

As organizations plan for their future, security continues to be a top priority. A recent global survey focused on security and IT professional found that 73 percent say data management, 76 percent say configuration management and 72 percent say app management are the keys to reducing the security risk over the next two years in building a new IT infrastructure.

The expanding and changing enterprise security perimeter – with new endpoints, locations, data sources, networks and clouds – is creating the need for more intelligence in orchestrating security policies across this new security perimeter. In addition, IT organizations need the ability to enforce those policies. Citrix addresses these evolving security needs with a new and unique approach that’s built around the reality of how people work. This approach provides expanded controls to form the basis for a new software-defined perimeter of the digital workspace, and complements other layers of defense in a multi-layer approach to security. In addition, to provide security-focused offerings to help Citrix customers better protect their Citrix environments, Citrix Consulting Services is formalizing a Security Practice.

Citrix is unveiling Citrix Analytics, a new, holistic security and behavior analytics offering that extends the capabilities of the proven Citrix NetScaler Management and Analytics System (MAS) with new behavior detection, insights, and proactive risk resolution capabilities. This new offering leverages machine learning. The new security solution analyzes data sets across the Citrix product portfolio – XenApp/XenDesktop, XenMobile, ShareFile, NetScaler and leverages machine learning algorithms and application behavior anomaly detection technology to enable IT organizations to find and quickly troubleshoot application infrastructure performance issues.

Meeting Customers Wherever They Are on Their Cloud Adoption Journey

Citrix Cloud continues to provide the cloud-based management plane across all Citrix technologies, integrating them with a simple, consistent administrative experience. This empowers customers to easily combine the applications, data and tools needed to work from the cloud and deliver them to people anywhere in secure, personalized and contextually relevant ways. Because Citrix Cloud is designed to manage multi-cloud environments, customers who use it for virtual apps, desktops and data can place their workloads on any public or hybrid cloud, or on any on-premises virtualized environment.

Citrix has accelerated innovation in the cloud, with the introduction of new services, features and capabilities to build out this powerful workspace delivery model. These services include XenApp Essentials and XenDesktop Essentials that are native to Microsoft Azure, but managed from Citrix Cloud. Additional Citrix Cloud services include XenMobile device management and app management and NetScaler Gateway Service, allowing customers to create a gateway-in-the-cloud, speeding and simplifying implementation. In addition, Citrix Cloud offers integration with Azure Active Directory for administrators, internet of things (IoT) capabilities, and other new services in our labs area.

Customers, like ÅF, are creating secure digital workspaces through Citrix Cloud. ÅF was founded in 1895 as The Southern Swedish Steam Generator Association and has been at the forefront of engineering, energy, and industrial design ever since. The firm has recently revealed how it uses gaming engine and virtual reality software to create 3-D, walk-through visualizations for clients on building and infrastructure projects.

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Citrix Converts Samsung Galaxy S8 into Full Desktop

Posted in Commentary with tags , on March 29, 2017 by itnerd

As enterprises increasingly embrace mobile business strategies, people continue to carry as many as three devices with them, including laptops, smartphones and tablets. To lighten that electronics load, make people more efficient and help businesses reduce costs, Samsung is introducing Samsung DeX that – when combined with Citrix Receiver – converts the new Samsung Galaxy S8 into a desktop environment that includes an optimized UI for multi-tasking with keyboard and mouse support, resizable window capabilities, task bar pop-up notifications and more.

The combination of Citrix and Samsung DeX unboxes the phone and provides employees with secure access to their digital workspace and all of the business apps and data they need to get their work done. Samsung is exclusively showcasing Citrix in Samsung DeX demos with XenApp and XenDesktop and Citrix Receiver that will be shown to media, customers and analysts during the Samsung Unpacked event today and at the Samsung Enterprise Mobility Analyst Day tomorrow in New York City.

In addition to the preferred solution that combines Citrix innovation with Samsung DeX, Citrix also offers support and integration for Samsung devices that include XenMobile enterprise mobility management, security features and secure virtual access to apps and desktops through XenApp and XenDesktop, and support for Secure Apps with Samsung Knox at the native Android OS layer.

Citrix XenMobile also supports new Samsung capability known as Enterprise Firmware-Over-The-Air (E-FOTA). Samsung E-FOTA enables IT admins to take greater control over when devices get updated, as well as what version is updated. This Samsung capability provides IT with native device control without sacrificing user flexibility.

This unique collaboration between Citrix and Samsung literally lightens the load for organizations and employees while providing greater security and flexibility for people who spend all or part of their day working outside of the office. This solution enhances security and productivity by enabling people to securely use their phone in the field. Then when they are in the office, they can connect to the Samsung DeX, converting their phone into a desktop-like experience without losing any phone capabilities to securely access their apps and data through Citrix Receiver, XenApp and XenDesktop.

For example, insurance claims adjusters can securely use their Samsung Galaxy S8 out in the field assessing claims, and then return to the office, plug into their DeX station and complete reports using a full desktop-like environment. Police officers can use their phones to enter tickets and take notes while on patrol using Citrix Secure Forms, and then return to the station, plug into the DeX station and complete their reports using a fully functional desktop-like environment.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone and Samsung DeX will be available in Q2, 2017.