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The landscape of business in the Philippines has changed. Despite some offices slowly resuming to normalcy, many are now still more open to allowing a hybrid or even pure remote work schedule. This increase of remote work has helped increased mobility but could have security implications if not addressed properly.
Remote workers may be connecting to cloud-hosted or SaaS applications with commodity Internet. This scenario lacks consistent, fast and secure access to applications. There may even be some cases when employees often disconnect from their VPN clients when accessing web and SaaS applications which leaves them unprotected and vulnerable to threats.
Hence, security measures can be increased by backhauling the traffic to the data center to mitigate these threats. However, these can come at the cost of application performance as it bottlenecks traffic.
The challenge of remote access is balancing the user experience and security. Users want to be able to access applications through any device at any time. To create an environment to facilitate this while maintaining corporate security standards is required.
This is where Citrix Secure Internet Access (SIA) can help. It offers a comprehensive, cloud-delivered security architecture to protect your users, regardless of their location.
Network Security for Remote Access
Citrix SIA can secure all access to your Internet and SaaS apps. Web applications such as Google Drive, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Workday, YouTube, Facebook or even just Internet browser traffic are within the scope of SIA’s securing capabilities. It does this through the following:
Inspect all Internet traffic
Personal devices are great for user experience but do not have the safety mechanisms found in corporate devices. Threat actors take advantage of this through Internet browsing or SaaS traffic as they use compromised devices. By allowing a proxy to inspect all incoming traffic, it greatly reduces the risk of malicious attacks to your network through a multitude of security checks before it reaches your datacenter.
Allowing the proxy to do this also allows it to focus more on load balancing requests which results in a better user experience. This is crucial as the increased number of requests coming from outside the network will typically need to do both security checks and grant access requests, which results to a bottleneck that slows down performance.
Block malware attacks to the network
By leveraging Citrix SIA’s database of known threats, detecting malicious activities becomes faster and remediations to it are applied sooner. Website access can also be allowed or blocked by comparing requested URLs with a filtering database that is defined per organizational policy.
Malware is a big factor when considering a security solution, as knowing what kind of attack on your system is a big advantage when you are inspecting incoming traffic. This is something that can save your business time and expenses in the long run.
Isolate new and unknown threats through sandbox
When considering the nature of threats, there will come a time when your security check will encounter a threat not part of any known database. This is something to be expected as many new threats are being made everyday and updates don’t come fast enough to the database. Citrix SIA handles this through sandboxing suspicious traffic or files. By isolating the suspicious activity or file in a simulated environment, you allow your network to test in real time what could happen in the real environment through simulation. This can help determine the nature of the suspicious file or activity and greatly minimize the risk it would have to your network.
Provide secure direct Internet access for better user experience
With Citrix SIA acting as the proxy for the data center to ensure these security policies are enforced, users will be able to directly access the Internet and SaaS applications instead. This greatly improves the response time of applications and Internet browsing experience.
Companies no longer have to route their user’s Internet traffic back to their data center for security checks to prevent users from accessing potentially dangerous or unproductive web pages that can cause sub-optimal performance for applications due to the roundabout way traffic is routed. With a direct Internet access, users remain consistently protected no matter where they are.
Consolidate your network security products for simplified management
Businesses have increased the number of security products implemented into their infrastructure over the years to address different security measures. However, these solutions can increase the complexity of your IT infrastructure because of the lack of visibility and scalability.
Citrix SIA can help consolidate your network security and monitor activities by providing you a single dashboard to monitor all network security which can be monitored through the cloud. It also is easily deployable to users needing no need for IT assistance while maintaining a simple and intuitive user interface. With a cloud-delivered architecture, you can easily scale up even as new applications, users or locations are added.
Citrix SIA is just one service in a bigger solution offering that Citrix just launched. We will be discussing the other services within the Citrix SASE offering in other articles to come, so please look forward to it!
The way we work has changed. The imposed strict social distancing rules due to the global pandemic, combined with the growing representation of the digital-savvy millennials in the workforce were catalysts in moving organizations forward in their digital transformation journey to increase employee mobility.
However, this shift in workplace culture has increased the security risks brought about by the proliferation of BYO devices of employees that access resources via VPN. When not secured properly, these devices serve as additional entry points for cybercriminals to the organization’s network.
Key challenges in traditional security controls
Mishandling of data and misuse of network access have become a growing concern, increasing the demand for more control and visibility over the users’ granular access to permissions to data.
Threats that may come from malicious websites, such as spoofing web conferencing sites, should be isolated from the corporate network to protect corporate data.
Employees may knowingly (or unknowingly) access restricted websites such as pornographic or social media web pages. The organization must block those attempts to protect its assets.
To address these challenges is a big step forward for organizations to improve their digital transformation journey. Although this is easier said than done, Citrix may have the answer to help you address these challenges.
Citrix Secure Workspace Access
The Citrix Secure Workspace Access service provides a unified experience by integrating single sign-on, remote access, and content inspection into a single solution for an end-to-end Secure Workspace Access. It does this by providing your administrators the ability to:
Configure a workspace to securely add, manage and deliver access to apps from any device
Configure web filtering to allow/block websites that can be accessed by the end-user
Isolate web browsing to protect the corporate network from browser-based attacks with no user device configuration needed
With these, administrators can rapidly roll out secure browsers, providing instant time-to-value. By isolating internet browsing, IT administrators can offer end users safe internet access without compromising enterprise security.
This is only the tip of what Citrix Secure Workspace Access can provide to your organization, if you would like to learn more, you may fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can!
With the Covid-19 impacting
almost everyone, companies are reviewing their business continuity strategy
during this unplanned disruption. To keep the business up and running,
organizations must take a more comprehensive approach encompassing both
organizational measures and technologies to minimize disruption, maintain
security, and support uninterrupted productivity for users and teams. Best
practices for a complete business continuity strategy should address business
continuity team structure, business continuity planning, disaster recovery and
business continuity testing, crisis communications, and employee safety and
Providing users with the
experience they need, a secure digital workspace can grant seamless access to
business apps and data on any device, over any network, hosted on-premises or
in a public cloud. Contextual awareness allows just the right balance of
security and flexibility for their current situation, without compromising
corporate resources. Analytics and insights help IT maintain security,
compliance, and threat protection wherever and however people work.
With Citrix, companies can be
protected from consequences such as financial loss, damaged reputation,
weakened customer and partner relationships, and lost productivity. The same
secure digital workspace technology lets people connect with apps and data in
both routine operations and emergency situations, using any device, network, or
cloud. This makes it simple for people to do whatever their priorities dictate
– whether to continue working normally, perform new tasks required by the
event, or focus on the needs of their families and themselves, then resume work
as circumstances allow.
Below are some ways that Citrix
can help you improve your BC efforts:
Secure Access from Anywhere on
Allow your workforce to access
their workspace from anywhere on any device using whatever available
Data Stays in the Data Center
virtualization, data is managed and stays in your data center. It also gives
your IT the ability to limit user’s access to your network as well.
Provide IT Help Desk Support
to WFH Users
Give your IT team full
visibility, so that they can provide real-time analytics and resolve issues
faster. Connect to your user’s session to help them resolve their IT issues.
As one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands, the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) boasts close to 11,000 employees and have a wide number of patients who come for various reasons. May it be for basic care, specialized diagnostics or even examinations, the doctors, nurses, and support staff work to give their patients the best of their abilities.
The Challenge: Organizational adopting mobility
Usually, most sensitive care data would be placed in one secure safe. However, with the industry growing with more specializations, data must be now shared to multiple people who need it like specialists, general practitioners, peripheral hospitals and even the patient themselves. Even employees are now becoming more mobile and not just working in the hospital but working even on the move or at home using their own devices. These can cause security risks for UMCG if not properly addressed.
The Solution: Citrix Endpoint Management
UMCG has been a long user of Citrix solutions, they have been using Xendesktop (now known as Virtual Desktop) on thin clients before they considered Citrix as a way to alleviate their current problems. To help solve their current issue, they are looking to use Citrix Endpoint Management (Formerly Xenmobile) and Citrix Sharefile. With the use of Citrix Endpoint Management, UMCG was able to lower their investments, let them have a better picture of their environment while giving them more flexibility. They were even given the preference to have their Citrix Endpoint management housed in their own data center. This is crucial for safety and redundancy to ensure its continuity and performance as it is a business-critical system with 5000 mobile devices.
With so many devices, not all of them would be feasible to be company owned. Therefore, UMCG has opted to use Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) structure. However, to ensure that the network is secured, UMCG has imposed if they were to choose a BYOD then they would need to install a Citrix Agent on said device to ensure that Citrix can manage the security of the network.
To UMCG, the Citrix mobility solution achieved their goal of making their information as available and consistent as possible. It helped isolate data to ensure that their data was secured in a sandbox environment while also giving them a simplistic approach to manage their mobile devices. This worked well since they were already existing Citrix customers, making the integration process smoother.
To learn more about Citrix solutions, you can contact us at 8893 9515 and we would be happy to answer your inquiries!
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is an acute care hospital located in Hartford, Connecticut. Since its founding by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chambéry in 1897, Saint Francis has grown into New England’s largest Catholic hospital, with 617 beds and major clinical concentrations in oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, rehabilitation, and women and infant services.
The challenge: Consolidating 34 legacy applications into a single EMR Platform and addressing their Mobile device risk growth.
As an early innovator in the healthcare industry, they were already deploying computerized physician entry (CPOE) systems far back as 20 years ago. This was at the time before patient management software were an American healthcare standard. At present however, the IT leaders in the organization have recognized that they need to simplify and consolidate their 34 legacy applications into a single unified electronic medical record (EMR) platform if they want to continue to be ahead of the industry. This is especially challenging when considering that a majority of the hospital’s doctor’s work in independent offices.
The Solution: Deploying a new EMR system across thousands of workstations and mobile devices
Saint Francis had already been using Citrix technology for years, specifically Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix XenApp (now VirtualDesktop and VirtualApp respectively). These products helped Saint Francis with their on-demand application delivery for both their physical and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). However, the main problem they encountered after they did a preliminary security audit was that there were security gaps due to the approach they took with mobile devices. So to ensure that they kept their users empowered with the choice of their own device, they decided to also use XenMobile to help lessen the security threats. “When XenMobile arrived on the scene, we were able to get all the features we wanted, along with a simple licensing package from a vendor we already trusted.” Says Paul Dzierwinski, manager of systems administration at Saint Francis.
After 18 months of preparation, the hospital was successful in transferring their 1.3 million patient records in a smooth rollout.
Helping ensure the timely launch of a new enterprise-wide platform
The team checked with all workstations to ensure that during launch period that each endpoint would run smoothly.
Facilitating the exchange of patient information and reducing medical errors
The streamlined EMR system helped convenience customers so that patient records could be shared securely via the system to the intended recipient, be it hospitals, doctors or healthcare entities.
Enabling anytime, anywhere access to EMR data as part of a larger BYOD initiative
The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiative has helped end users have a seamless experience while making sure that Saint Francis has a degree of control for security, being able to wipe a lost phone is one of the possibilities.
To learn more about Citrix products, you can visit our product page here or you may contact us at 893-9515 and we would be happy to help you!
You may have heard by now of the new technology that’s been getting a lot of buzz over the past years, software-defined WAN or SD-WAN. This exciting technology enables organizations to reduce network complexity and cost while improving flexibility, security, availability, and visibility. Citrix has made use of this technology and improved on the concept into what is now known as Citrix SD-WAN.
Citrix SD-WAN builds reliable WAN from different network links such as MPLS, broadband, 4G LTE, Satellite, etc. It also is able to constantly monitor the condition of every link with its unique per-packet selection algorithm which also makes use of instant path selection decisions as each packet comes into the SD-WAN for transmission. In turn, results in having the best path chosen at each given moment. When users or the applications they use request for more bandwidth, Citrix SD-WAN can distribute the traffic using all available links which creates a secure virtual path through the aggregation of all of the individual links, so no link stays passive.
When your network has issues with bandwidth usage, the improvement of performance that users will see is not only felt through more bandwidth, but through the enablement of QoS control over link types that don’t usually provide QoS such as the internet.
Some key features in which Citrix SD-WAN can simplify your business network:
Centralized management and configuration of all devices. leveraging the use of templates for WAN, QoS and Firewall configurations. No more logging into each branch router to add a QoS rule or access-list for a new application – you just add to a global template and it’s automatically updated on all branches.
Zero Touch Deployment (ZTD). It makes a huge difference in large scale deployments. The branch appliances can automatically connect to the Citrix ZTD service in the cloud and download the required configuration, licenses, and software updates. No need to login to the appliance, just plug the cables. All controlled from the central management and secured by built-in authentication.
Improved visibility. Since all traffic passes through SD-WAN, it can give you a much deeper understanding of what is going on in the network, up to the application-level with its built-in DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) capabilities. Not only will you get visibility into the most used applications, it can also provide application-level QoE (Quality of Experience) measurements.
To learn more about Citrix SD-WAN, you can check out our Citrix Product page here or contact us directly at 893-9515 and we will be happy to answer your inquiries!
May 8, 2018 – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that HPE SimpliVity 380 would now be able to run with Microsoft Hyper-V and they have partnered with Citrix to be a Citrix Workspace Appliance Partner. With these new offerings, HPE hopes to enhance its ability to provide high-performance virtual applications and desktops ensuring a faster and easier way to deliver secure digital workspaces in today’s hybrid cloud environment while also increasing its customer’s hypervisor options.
HPE SimpliVity 380 with Microsoft Hyper-V offers businesses with an easier IT infrastructure solution which simplifies the data center by converging servers, storage and storage networking into one simple to manage, software-defined platform so that businesses will not be limited by the legacy IT infrastructure which cannot make use of the current IT environment.
This has resulted in an increased business agility and economics in the cloud in an on-premise solution. With the pre-integrated, all-flash, hyperconverged building block simplifies IT by combining all infrastructure and advanced data services for virtualized workloads – this includes VM-centric management and mobility, data protection and guaranteed data efficiency.
The latest HPE SimpliVity 380 with Microsoft Hyper-V solution offers HPE SimpliVity customers the following core benefits:
Enables VM centric management and mobility
HPE SimpliVity hyperconvergence enables policy-based, VM-centric management abstracted from the underlying hardware to simplify day-to-day operations. VMware customers benefit from this core value with 95% seeing value and IT simplification. Now Microsoft Hyper-V customers can achieve the same benefit.
Customers now have access to a hyperconverged solution with full-featured, built-in backup and recovery at no additional cost. These data protection features include the resilience, built-in backup, and bandwidth-efficient replication needed to ensure the highest levels of data integrity and availability, eliminating the need for legacy data protection.
Efficiency is delivered by powerful built-in data services including in-line deduplication and compression and novel data architecture to speed business continuity and enable workload mobility. Guaranteed data efficiency saves 90 percent capacity across storage and backup combined and the benefits include slashing recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) from days or hours to seconds, with a guaranteed 60-second restore for a 1 TB VM.
Besides the Hyper-V partnership with Microsoft, HPE has also partnered with Citrix with a collaboration between the two on a solution portfolio integration, which includes the new HPE SimpliVity 380 with Microsoft Hyper-V, in the Citrix HCI Workspace Appliance Program. So that the customers don’t have to create their own solutions to deliver their virtualized application and desktops, the HPE and Citrix solution is already pre-integrated and pre-tested in the SimpliVity appliance. Customers will also find that the appliance program will make it easier to deliver new workspace solutions while being managed seamlessly with Citrix during the course of its lifecycle. Thus creating a new standard for customers to easily deploy their digital workspaces with multi hypervisor, multi-cloud flexibility resulting in truly a top-class digital collaboration and borderless, productive workplace.
To learn more about these partnerships, you may find the original article here or you may contact us directly at 893-9515 and we will be happy to answer your inquiries!
November was a great month for Citrix users as updates for XenApp and XenDesktop, which you can download now with the release of patch v.7.16. Updates (as well as compliance information) for the ever popular XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR was also added just this November. Below is a summary of some of the new updates:
Significant user experience enhancements for both XenApp and Xendesktop Service and on-premises deployments in v.7.16, which was first introduced on our cloud services:
Real time user experience optimizations with Adaptive Transport
Only Citrix can dynamically adjust its HDX Adaptive Transport technology in mid-session to adapt to changing network conditions in real time to deliver the best possible high-definition user experience.
Introducing full browser content redirection, not just HTML5 video redirection
Extending the capabilities of our content redirection technology, XenApp and XenDesktop now enable the full contents of a web browser, not just the HTML5 video, to be rendered on the client for maximum server scalability and optimal user experience.
Enhanced multi-monitor graphics quality with Citrix Receiver for Windows
Many users leverage multiple monitors across their virtual app and desktop sessions to optimize productivity. Now Citrix Receiver for Windows 4.10 makes multi-monitor configuration easier than ever.
Extending the power of Windows 10 S with Citrix Receiver
Windows 10 S is a streamlined OS for security and superior performance that only runs applications delivered from Microsoft Store. This means many existing Win32 apps will not run locally on Windows 10 S. The most secure way to get access to these business-critical Win 32 apps is through Citrix XenApp.
Improved graphics experience with H.265 and integrated 3D Pro VDA installer
With ever-increasing improvements to video resolution, Citrix is extending its codec capabilities by incorporating H.265 codec into XenApp and XenDesktop Platinum edition. By leveraging new H.265 hardware with XenApp and XenDesktop with NVIDIA GPUs, you will notice improved graphics performance while reducing bandwidth consumption by up to 50%.
Expanding our industry-first Windows Continuum virtual desktop experience
XenDesktop, with XenServer, was the first and only desktop virtualization solution to deliver Windows Continuum experience with Windows 10 virtual desktops. Now, XenDesktop is expanding its industry-leading Windows Continuum virtual desktop technology by enabling a Windows 10 virtual desktop to recognize when the user switches from a physical tablet to a physical desktop and automatically toggle the virtual desktop between tablet and desktop mode.
To read more about the November updates, please visit the original article here! You may also learn more about Citrix on our product page or directly contact us at 893-9515.