Wednesday, 28 October 2020 21:43

Citrix: Digital Workspace security offerings expanded


Zero Trust solutions have been added to the Citrix Ready Workspace Security Program, enabling customers to drive an intelligent, contextual approach to securing apps and devices.

Citrix. The company says it empowers people to do their very best work with the right digital workspace technology with app and desktop virtualisation, analytics, content collaboration, unified endpoint management and secure access, along with app delivery and security and SD-WAN technology for an "always-on experienced for every remote and branch location".

With over 400,000 organisations using Citrix and 98% of the Fortune 500 in 100 countries, with 100 million users and 10,000+ partners, the company has been in business for 31 years since 1989, and it shows!

One of its partners is Acronis, which we wrote about yesterday, whose Cyber Protect Cloud now offers integration with Citrix Workspace via Citrix Ready, enabling Citrix MSPs to better address today's sophisticated and relentless cyberthreat landscape, while reducing the complexity for clients and their own operations" - and that's just one of the over 10,000 partners Citrix counts on its roster.

Now comes news of Citrix expanding its Citrix Read Workspace Security Program to include Zero Trust solutions "from trusted and verified partners that will allow companies to simplify the selection of vendors and leverage their existing investments to design a modern security framework that delivers Zero Trust outcomes".

After all, with work today happening everywhere on everything from corporate issued laptops and mobile devices to personal tablets and even smartwatches, Citrix says "this new-found freedom has given a major boost to productivity and innovation", but it has "also raised a new set of security concerns that require a more intelligent and contextual approach to address".

Sridhar Mullapudi, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Citrix said: "In a world where the security perimeter is no longer defined by a firewall, but the Internet, companies can’t rely on traditional, VPN-based strategies that provide access based on username and passwords.

“To effectively protect apps and devices, they must shift to a Zero Trust model that uses contextual awareness to adaptively grant access based on user behaviours and access patterns.”

And according to a recent survey conducted by Pulse and Citrix, a majority of IT decision makers plan to do so. Of 100 executives and managers polled in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region, Citrix points to 74% stating "they are looking at adopting a holistic Zero Trust strategy spanning beyond remote access in the next 12 months".

Enabling Flexibility and Choice

Citrix tells us its Citrix Ready Workspace Security Program "provides a choice of leading security vendors that complement Citrix solutions, allowing people to securely work anytime, from anywhere, while simplifying how IT manages the environment, and includes offerings for":

  • Identity and Access Management
  • Monitoring and Analytics
  • Device and Endpoint Security
  • Data Security
  • Network Security

Extending Context and Protection

In expanding the program to include solutions that integrate with these offerings and have zero trust principles built-in, Citrix says it is "providing extended context and an additional layer of security that make an enterprise more secure".

Partnering for Success

When it comes to Zero Trust, Citrix reliably informs us there "is no one-size-fits-all solution. With the Citrix Ready Workspace Security Program, companies can effectively evaluate their current security strategies and leverage existing investments to quickly design and implement a Zero Trust framework that delivers results".

Mullapudi added: “We’re engaging with like-minded partners who are willing to share data and insights that allow us to deliver more comprehensive and secure solutions to our customers".

Among the first partners whose solutions have been verified as Citrix Ready:

  • Cisco
  • Google Cloud
  • Microsoft
  • Okta

“This isn’t just about hooking into Citrix Workspace™, but products that actually communicate with each other and share essential, critical information about security that companies can use to enhance their security without getting in the way of the user experience,” Mullapudi concluded.

Rethinking Normal

Products like BeyondCorp Remote Access, a cloud-based solution offered by Google Cloud that helps make access to internal applications easier and more secure.

Sunil Potti, VP and GM Google Cloud Security said: “It’s become clear that remote work will be a defining characteristic of the new normal, and modernising security by fully embracing Zero Trust models is an imperative, not an option.

“Together Google Cloud and Citrix have an opportunity to usher in a better, safer normal with secure workspaces built upon a foundation of the global Google Cloud network and our layered, joint security capabilities.”

Citrix and its partners will discuss their joint security offerings at the Citrix Security Summit, a virtual event that will be held on 29 October.

You can register here for the free event.

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