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Citrix Named A Leader in Unified Endpoint Management By Gartner

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 14, 2019 by itnerd

Citrix Systems, Inc. today announced that it has been positioned as a Leader in the August 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) Tools* based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision.

Today’s employees demand freedom and choice in when, where and how they work. And to attract and retain the talent they need to make their business go, companies need to provide it. But they must also maintain the security of their systems and data across the expanded attack surface that this new model has created.

Enabling the Future of Work

Part of Citrix’s digital workspace solutions, Citrix® Endpoint Management™ allows companies to:

  • Serve up personalized access to the applications and insights employees need to be their most productive.
  • Provide IT with a single control plane through which they can onboard and manage application performance without getting in the way of the user experience.
  • Dynamically apply security policies based on a user’s behavior and environment, allowing employees to work the way they want with the confidence that their applications, information and devices are safe.

To learn more about Citrix digital workspace solutions and how they can deliver a superior experience that enables your employees and organization to thrive, click here.

* Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) Tools” by Chris Silva, Manjunath Bhat, Rich Doheny and Rob Smith. August 6, 2019.

About the Magic Quadrant

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Citrix to Launch Workspace for Google Cloud

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 21, 2019 by itnerd

The race to the cloud is on and it’s about to pick up speed. Citrix Systems today announced plans to extend Citrix® WorkspaceTM to Google Cloud, expanding the flexibility and choice companies have in transitioning to the cloud by enabling them to quickly and efficiently deliver apps to Google devices and operating systems and create a superior digital work experience that unleashes productivity and innovation. The news came during Citrix Synergy, the premier digital work conference taking place in Atlanta this week.

A Productivity Powerhouse

Extending Citrix Workspace beyond Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops for companies using Google Cloud will enable them to modernize their apps and deliver unified access across Google devices and operating systems to create a productivity powerhouse for employees and IT administrators alike.

Planned interoperability with Google’s Cloud Identity, for instance, will allow for the seamless authentication of users using G Suite credentials to access Citrix Workspace, which will provide a more secure and unified end-user experience. In addition, the integration of intelligent capabilities into G Suite will enable companies to automatically notify employees of important events from their Google calendars through personalized feeds within Citrix Workspace. This will create a simple, intelligent experience that boosts engagement and productivity by reducing frustration from constantly switching apps and searching for information.

Enterprise-Grade VDI

Using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Machine Creation Service (MCS), IT will be able to quickly and efficiently provision Windows-based Citrix workloads at scale and create a modern digital work environment in which employees can access all of the tools they need to collaborate and perform at their best. Automated provisioning for Google Cloud Platform is available on demand today and will be rolled out to all customers in the third quarter of 2019. Linux virtual desktops from Citrix will soon be supported on GCP as well.

Highly Reliable Application Delivery

Keeping users engaged and productive requires organizations to ensure an always-on infrastructure. This can be a challenge in hybrid cloud environments, but with Citrix Workspace for Google Cloud, companies can leverage the powerful combination of Citrix ADC and Citrix SD-WAN to optimize and secure connectivity when transporting applications from GCP or connecting users to those resources.

 

Citrix Ushers In New Era Of Employee Engagement & Productivity

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 21, 2019 by itnerd

Today’s employee experience leaves a lot to be desired. All around the world, people are frustrated and overwhelmed by the multiple apps and technologies they need to use to get through their day. And it’s killing productivity. Citrix Systems is out to change this. A year ago, the company made work simpler and more organized with the launch of its digital workspace solutions. Today, it is making work smarter through next-generation intelligence capabilities that allow companies to deliver a unified and contextual experience across any device or network that engages employees and enables them to perform at their best. The enhancements were unveiled at Citrix Synergy, the premier digital work conference taking place in Atlanta this week.

Complexity Tamed

To do any job and do it well, you need the right tools. The problem is, most of us have too many available to us and they’re too hard to find and use.

Through Citrix® WorkspaceTM, companies can provide single sign on access to all the apps and content employees prefer to use in one, unified experience, including out-of-the-box integrations with more than 150 enterprise applications such as Salesforce, Workday, SAP Ariba and SAP Concur, ServiceNow, Microsoft Outlook and G Suite.

And planned integrations with the most widely used identity and access management providers, including Okta, Ping, Radius, and GoogleID, combined with Citrix Workspace security controls will enable them to deliver these apps more securely than operating them natively.

A Smarter Approach

According to Forrester Research, Inc., “…Improving human performance at work is the most important objective for workforce technology strategy and employee motivation, customer experience and financial performance depend on it.” (Transform The Employee Experience To Drive Business Performance, Executive Overview: The Employee Experience Playbook, February 12, 2018)

With the infusion of machine learning and simplified workflows in Citrix Workspace, companies can transform the employee experience by not only organizing work, but guiding and making it smarter.

Leveraging over 100 microapps pre-built for popular software services, Citrix Workspace can automatically surface prioritized and relevant tasks that allow employees to complete their work in fewer steps and with greater efficiency.

Rather than sifting through their inbox, searching calendars or going six clicks deep into an enterprise application to get things done, employees can have prioritized actions and relevant insights automatically delivered to their phone, tablet or PC so they can execute work quickly and move on.

Work without Constraints

Most of us work from an average of four locations a day. We’re constantly on the move – even on our devices where we switch between email, documents, texts, tweets and instant messages about every two minutes. The tools we use need to follow us and adapt to the environments we’re in and the work we need to get done.

With Citrix Workspace, companies can provide a superior experience that enables employees to work seamlessly across the channels and devices they prefer. Through new integrations with some of the most commonly used collaboration tools, including Microsoft Teams and Slack, content can be delivered to employees in one constant stream, eliminating the need for them to switch context.

And through a virtual instance of the Citrix SD-WAN appliance soon to be available in the Google Cloud Marketplace and increased integration of Citrix ADC with Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Kubernetes, service mesh with Istio architectures and open source CNCF tools, they can deliver a consistent and reliable application experience to users regardless of where they are located.

Managed Desktops as a Service

Through a planned Desktop as a Service offering, Citrix, together with its robust ecosystem of partners, will make it easier than ever for IT to provide a unified, secure work environment in the cloud from which employees can access their individual desktops and all the SaaS applications, cloud services, fileshares, cloud-based office applications and corporate resources they need to get work done anywhere, anytime using any device. The company will initially enable the delivery of desktops managed on Microsoft Azure.

Expanded Workspace Security

Security shouldn’t be an afterthought – it should be no thought. With the deep understanding of user device and access behavior and intelligent capabilities underlying Citrix Analytics, companies can

balance demands for flexibility and choice with the need to maintain a secure environment and dynamically apply security policies without getting in the way of the user experience. The solution also provides full logging of security threats and automated resolutions that can be monitored by security experts and exported to other analytics platforms through planned integration with Splunk.

Malware Beware

As the list of SaaS, web and mobile apps running within the average organization and devices used to access them continues to grow, companies are increasingly vulnerable to system attacks and data theft. To help defend against them, Citrix has enabled new capabilities that protect apps and content delivered within its digital workspace solutions against a host of malware threats, including:

  • Keylogging
  • Screen capture/session videoing

The new capabilities provide endpoint and browser security for all connections to Citrix® Virtual Apps and DesktopsTM from both personal and managed devices and protect all work completed in Citrix WorkspaceTM.

A Superior Experience

More than half of all Web traffic is driven by BOTs that can negatively impact user experience and slow business transactions. Through new behavior-based BOT detection capabilities to be delivered within Citrix ADC, including advanced device finger printing and signatures, companies will be able to:

  • Mitigate attacks like password spraying, credential stuffing and content scrapping
  • Reduce revenue and data loss

And with planned enhancements to the Citrix Analytics Machine Learning (ML) engine, companies will be able to uncover performance issues by monitoring network latency, easily identify groups of users experiencing poor performance and take action to improve their experience.

A Unified View

As hackers get more intelligent, so too must the solutions used to combat them. With this in mind, Citrix has integrated risk indicators and user and entity inventory from Microsoft’s Graph Security API into

Citrix Analytics. With the integration, security administrators now have a unified threat intelligence view across their Citrix and Microsoft solutions that will allow them to improve the breadth and accuracy of signals and take actions to mitigate them across both portfolios.

A Better Way to Work

More than 400,000 organizations including 99 percent of the Fortune 100 and 98 percent of the Fortune 500 use Citrix solutions to power a better way to work. Visit www.citrix.com to learn more about the company’s solutions and the value they can deliver for your organization.

Citrix Pwned….. Iran Connected Hackers May Have Scooped Up 10TB Of Data

Posted in Commentary with tags , on March 11, 2019 by itnerd

According to Resecurity president Charles Yoo, Citrix has been the victim of an absolutely epic hack where as much as 10 TB of data might have been stolen. Apparently the hack was focused on assets related to NASA, aerospace contracts, Saudi Arabia’s state oil company and the FBI. And Citrix CSIO Stan Black has written a blog post confirming the attack. Here’s the kicker, the hackers, who are tied to the Iranian government, used a technique called “password spraying” where attackers guess at weak passwords, and then work their way up to bigger attacks once inside. And speaking of being inside, the hackers might have been inside the Citrix network for as much as a decade before swiping all that data.

Yikes.

The FBI is investigating and I am sure given what is known about this hack, heads inside the IT department should (if there is any decency in the world) be rolling as I type this. I say that because it’s one thing to be pwned by hackers. But it’s another thing entirely to be pwned for a decade without anyone noticing. That my friends illustrates that someone inside the Citrix IT department was truly asleep at the switch.

Guest Post: The 2018 Citrix Cybersecurity Media Cheat Sheet For Holiday Season

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 22, 2018 by itnerd

Overview

We are heading into the heart of shopping season with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner. A recent survey found 50 per cent of Canadians said they plan to shop on Black Friday, and 31 per cent note a good portion of this shopping will be online.

This season can be a risky time for online consumers. Today’s cyber criminals are creating fake mobile apps or online properties to fool consumers into divulging personal and financial data. They are using phishing scams disguised as Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals.

This is also a risky time for organizations – which can be exposed to cyber threats via their employees. During this season, organizations should take a holistic approach that ensures they have the right safeguards, including policies, technologies and processes, in place to protect employees – and therefore the organization – from security threats.

The below security statistics show that many employees feel no responsibility for security, and shop the web using company devices. If employees use personal devices for work, or shop online using corporate devices, this can put personal and work data at risk.

  • 40 per cent employees believe that “as an employee” they bear zero responsibility for securing information
  • Half (49%) per cent have been a victim of a phishing email or an online virus.
  • 4-in-10 (38%) workers email work data home to their personal email;
  • 63 per cent have shopped or surfed the web on a company device; and
  • 6-in-10 (58%) employees have accessed personal or work data using public WIFI networks

SOURCE: The Citrix Security and Cloud Survey, a Leger survey of 1,505 Canadians

Tips for Organizations

  • Foster a corporate culture around security. This includes updating policies and procedures, a strategy to secure mobile devices and remote access, and a process for managing and securing employee-owned devices. Emphasize policies when new personal devices enter the workplace after holiday seasons.
  • Equip employees with security training and education. Focus on the human factor to avoid threats such as phishing or malware, in advance of high-risk seasons such as the holidays.
  • Implement work technology and services that limit opportunities for breaches from the outset and allow for quick patches and updates.

SOURCE: Citrix Canada

 

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].

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.