New subscription options for on-premises Citrix Workspace solutions
Citrix offers all its cloud services in a subscription model — to simplify procurement, ease deployment, accelerate adoption, and strengthen customer relationships. This ensures that you are getting the most value from our solutions. However, as IT organizations pair on-premises and cloud services together, Citrix recognizes that the economic preference for subscription services is not purely restricted to cloud services. Our customers are looking for many of the same vendor and provider subscription benefits in our Citrix Workspace on-premises solutions.
Today, Citrix is proud to announce that we are providing all of the on-premises digital workspace solutions you love in a subscription model. The technology industry made a major shift from a traditional perpetual license model into a subscription-based model, and Citrix is excited to offer the same subscription model benefits in our on-premises solutions.
What’s new with Citrix Workspace app 2006.1 for Windows
The latest update to Citrix Workspace app for Windows caters to precisely these two asks! In addition to fixing a few experience issues and squashing bugs, this new release enhances the power of Citrix Analytics for Security and brings additional capabilities to our optimization for Microsoft Teams.
Citrix Analytics for Security continuously assesses the behavior of Citrix Workspace users and applies actions to protect sensitive corporate information. The Citrix Workspace app has always played a significant role in providing information to Citrix Analytics. Previously, when ICA sessions were launched from a browser, as with Workspace for Web, and redirected to launch using the native Citrix Workspace app for Windows, the app didn’t send complete information to Citrix Analytics. Our latest update to the Citrix Workspace app addresses this gap and empowers admins with greater visibility, regardless of how end users launch virtual apps and desktops.
App Protection for Citrix Workspace, Citrix Workspace Premium Plus
While it may not have seemed critical at the beginning of 2020, business continuity planning (BCP) has become a top priority for organizations everywhere. Developing a BCP strategy ensures employees are secure, engaged, and productive, whether you’re facing a weather, geopolitical, or health and safety event. The first step in many BCPs is to determine how to keep employees productive by providing them with access to their mission-critical apps and files. The next (and equally as important) step is to keep the data in those apps and files secure.
A complication in the security equation, though, is that many of the endpoints employees will use to access their corporate resource are unmanaged. This creates risk because IT has no insight into the health of the device being used or the threats they can introduce. One risk that must be mitigated when employees use their personal devices for work is malware. Two of the most dangerous types are keylogging and screen shot malware, which can be used to both exfiltrate and harvest sensitive information like user credentials or personally identifiable information.
Why we’re requiring multi-factor authentication for Citrix Cloud admins
Password spraying and credential stuffing are common types of attacks used to gain access to critical systems. In fact, a study showed that 81 percent of data breaches are related to weak passwords, which are essential to the success of these attacks. There’s good news, though. According to research by Microsoft, multi-factor authentication (MFA) can prevent 99.9 percent of these attacks.
Multi-Factor Authentication for Citrix Cloud
Given the effectiveness of MFA and the importance of protecting customer data within Citrix Cloud, we’re pleased to announce the upcoming release of MFA for Citrix Cloud administrators. With this release, Citrix Cloud administrators will be required to use MFA when logging into the Citrix Cloud admin panel. This capability will be simple for admins to implement and won’t require on-prem infrastructure, added expertise, or cost. This release requires enrollment for all Citrix Identity accounts. If you are currently using Azure Active Directory for administrator authentication, Citrix strongly recommends setting up MFA in your Azure account.
What’s new with Citrix Workspace – May 2020
“A Gartner, Inc. survey of 317 CFOs and Finance leaders on March 30, 2020 revealed that 74 percent will move at least 5 percent of their previously on-site workforce to permanently remote positions post-COVID 19.” * Additionally, according to a report from research firm Valoir, the massive increase of remote workers has only created a 1 percent decrease in worker productivity, despite everyone’s adjustment to a new workstyle. That number will certainly go up, creating a positive impact on work-from-home productivity. Using Citrix Workspace, I’m actually more productive when working from home.
Citrix continues to offer a number of programs, promotions, and resources focused on helping customers.