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Citrix adds zero trust to workplace security programme

30 Oct 2020

Citrix Systems is expanding its Ready 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.

“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,” says Citrix product management senior vice president Sridhar Mullapudi. 

“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.”

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, 74% said they are looking at adopting a holistic Zero Trust strategy spanning beyond remote access in the next 12 months.

The Citrix Ready Workspace Security Program provides a choice of 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 programme to include solutions that integrate with these offerings and have zero trust principles built-in, Citrix is providing extended context and an additional layer of security that make an enterprise more secure. 

With the Citrix Ready Workspace Security Program, companies can evaluate their current security strategies and leverage existing investments to design and implement a Zero Trust framework.

“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,” Mullapudi adds.

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 says.

“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,” says Google Cloud security vice president and general manager Sunil Potti.

“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.”

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