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Citrix Cloud & Security Survey Details Canadians Experiences With Technology At Work

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 29, 2018 by itnerd

Cybersecurity measures are constantly in the news thanks to widescale breaches and new government regulation, but at what cost to employee experience? The Citrix Cloud and Security Survey asked Canadians about their experiences with technology at work and found more than a third of working Canadians say security protocols make it harder for them to do their job remotely. This at a time when technology is supposed to be improving user experience by offering increased mobility and flexibility.

When workers feel technology or security protocols are hindering their work, there are two common results: employees will bypass protocol and use their own device to complete their work, or their productivity will decrease.

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • 92% of employed respondents agree that having an easy and good user experience is important for me both at work and in my personal day-to-day
  • 84% of workers want the technology they use at work to be as easy to use as their personal technology
  • Almost four-in-ten workers say their work place does not make it easy for them to work remotely

For deeper insights on the survey, click here [Warning: PDF].

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Citrix Unveils Industry’s First Digital Workspace To Unify & Secure All Apps & Content For All Devices

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 8, 2018 by itnerd

Digital transformation, cloud and new workstyles are forcing businesses to rethink how and where technology is deployed and secured. This week at Citrix Synergy, Citrix is unveiling new innovations that support the shift to people-centric computing, enabling organizations to deliver a superior work experience that unifies everything an employee needs in one place, while meeting the strictest compliance and security needs of the organization. To ensure employee engagement and productivity, companies must deliver a unified workspace experience that adapts to how and where work needs to get done; one that gives IT the confidence to support and manage their choice of network, cloud or device; and provides a holistic security framework that dynamically detects and applies policies everywhere from the datacenter to the most remote endpoint.

Experience: Unifying the Experience with SaaS, Web, Mobile and Virtual Apps

Employee experience and productivity have become a top priority for CEOs. Providing reliable access to the applications, devices and content employees prefer has proven to boost employee productivity and drive improved business performance. Experience must be personalized and adaptable. Citrix is expanding its portfolio of delivering virtual apps, desktops and mobile apps to provide secure access to SaaS apps and content via Citrix Workspace app, creating the first unified digital workspace for business.

Only Citrix offers the most complete and integrated workspace to enable people to securely access their web, SaaS, Windows, Linux and mobile apps, desktops and files from anywhere and across any device. Citrix Workspace gives users secure, single sign-on (SSO) access to all the applications and content in an intuitive and digital workspace that delivers a consistent and unified experience across all devices – allowing users to start work at home on their tablet, continue to work on their smartphone during their commute, and complete work on their desktop or laptop in the office. Embedded with the company’s proven networking and file-sharing capabilities, Citrix Workspace ensures reliable app performance, integrated search and workflows across apps, and market-leading content collaboration regardless of where files are stored.

Citrix continues to improve the experience of its mobile apps and has added integration between Slack and Secure Mail, allowing users to convert email messages into Slack conversations and to send Slack messages directly from Secure Mail.

Choice: Enabling Choice without Increasing Complexity

Citrix Cloud services enable cloud portability, giving customers the tools and insights to pursue their individualized cloud strategy with confidence, and the flexibility to easily move workloads between clouds as business needs evolve. Customers can now run their Citrix workloads on any cloud – AWS, Azure, Google and Oracle or private. Citrix automated image management and provisioning technologies make it easy to move these workloads from customers’ datacenters to the cloud of your choice, supporting a wide range of different platforms from bare metal and virtualized infrastructure to cloud. Because Citrix has architected its entire stack on a common platform, customers can easily move workloads from their datacenter to the cloud of their choice and back again, as needed, bringing cloud portability within reach of the enterprise.

Citrix is continuing to work with Microsoft to deliver Citrix value-add capabilities on top of Remote Desktop Management Infrastructure (RDmi), the next generation RDS platform for Azure. Citrix will also provide day-one support for Windows Server 2019 to deliver virtualized apps with XenApp.

Citrix is also enabling choice of devices from a single endpoint management solution. Citrix Endpoint Management provides management for the broadest set of devices from wearables to IoT devices like Alexa for Business, and Raspberry Pi-powered workspace hubs from Citrix partners NComputing and Viewsonic. Companies need a modern way to manage this device diversity – it’s not just about phones and laptops anymore. Regardless of the device used, Citrix can securely manage all endpoints across the enterprise.

Security: A Modern, Holistic Approach

New and ever-increasing threats require modern approaches to security that enhance productivity, not hamper it. Organizations need a holistic approach to security that adapts to the way people work, rather than forcing users to work within security restrictions. Citrix’s expanded security approach unifies our market-leading Citrix Networking portfolio with Citrix Unified Endpoint Management and Citrix Analytics to deliver a secure digital perimeter that surrounds the user, apps and network for greater visibility and control. The Citrix secure digital perimeter allows IT and CISOs centralized security policy controls that are applied dynamically at any access point to minimize and hide attack surfaces that live beyond the datacenter, across various devices, apps and content distributed on-premises and in hybrid and multi-cloud networks.

Citrix workspace networking portfolio is underpinned by Citrix Analytics. Whether a company is securing cloud apps, files and data, mobile or desktop apps, Citrix Analytics will provide visibility into company-wide user and entity behavior, system security, performance and operations, and simplify IT infrastructure. Using machine learning and artificial intelligence to detect anomalous behavior and potential threats, Citrix Analytics can provide actionable intelligence from the information gathered via our cloud services and on premises products to help customers proactively identify and manage internal and external threats.

Citrix unifies the experience of SaaS, web, mobile and virtual apps with Citrix Workspace and has now expanded its ability to securely and centrally-manage these applications with Citrix Access Control. Unlike traditional SSO solutions, which provide no visibility, control or governance of data within SaaS and web apps, the cloud app control feature in Citrix Access Controlprovides SSO capabilities to all SaaS, web and Citrix virtualized apps. It provides granular policy controls like watermarking, restricted copy-paste and can prevent printing. In addition, Citrix Access Control together with Citrix Analytics provides advanced user behavior analytics, which helps to intelligently redirect risky internet browsing activity to a cloud-based virtual browser completely isolated from the corporate network with zero configuration required on the endpoint. This allows enterprises to balance business-oriented browsing with enhanced security.

To get more information and demonstrations of Citrix workspace technology, visit the Citrix booth at Citrix Synergy or on the Citrix website. You can also view Citrix Synergy TV at www.citrixsynergy.com.

 

Majority of Canadians uncomfortable storing medical or financial information in cloud: Citrix

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 10, 2018 by itnerd

A new survey shows that while a majority of Canadians are familiar with cloud computing, there remains a high degree of skepticism and uncertainty about cloud security. The Citrix Cloud and Security Survey, a Leger poll of1,505 Canadian residents, found that a third of employed respondents (31%) answered “no” when asked if the cloud is secure.

 Canadians are less comfortable storing sensitive personal information in the cloud

When asked how secure they would feel storing certain information in the cloud, the level of comfort was low for sensitive personal information. Almost half (46%) of Canadians are either not at all secure or not very secure storing family information in the cloud. This figure rises to over half (52%) for medical information and 59 per cent for financial information. This comes in contrast to the just 11 per cent of respondents who feel storing music in the cloud is not secure. Overall, the more sensitive the information is, the less comfortable Canadians are with storing it in the cloud.

Workplace security – Most feel safe storing work documents

The survey also shows Canadians are less concerned about cloud security in the workplace, despite the sensitivity of corporate data and prevalence of cyberattacks. Sixty-two per cent of employed Canadians feel either somewhat secure or very secure storing work documents in the cloud. At the same time, 42 per cent of workers think their employer is solely responsible for maintaining and upgrading security on all devices. 

The survey provided a window into cloud awareness among Canadian workers and Canadians as a whole:

  • A third of workers (34%) weren’t aware if their company uses cloud services
  • 40 per cent said their employer uses the cloud
  • 20 per cent responded that their employer did not use the cloud
  • Four-in-10 of ALL Canadians (41%) were not familiar with the cloud while six-in-10 (58%) were familiar.
  • The following groups were most familiar with cloud computing, millennials (75%), high income earners of $100k+ (74%), employed Canadians (71%) and Men (69%). Those most unfamiliar with cloud computing were Seniors 65+ (70%), unemployed Canadians (56%), Atlantic Canadians (53%) and women (51%).

 Here are some of the other standout workplace findings:

  • In the workplace, the 18-34 cohort feels most secure storing documents (67%) and the 45-54 and 65+ cohorts feel the least secure (54%)
  • Those with a university education were most likely (71%) to feel secure storing work documents in the cloud; those with a high school education or less were least likely (51%)

About the Citrix Cloud and Security Survey

An online survey of 1,505 Canadian residents was completed between February 13th to 18th, 2018, using Leger’s online panel, LegerWeb. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

 

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.

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