Citrix Secure Workspace Access

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Working remotely has become the norm for enterprise employees. At the same time, the risk of cyberattacks is ever-present. As a result, it has become top of mind for companies to enable secure business continuity for these workers, while also delivering an optimal user experience. Simply put, businesses must protect their employees and intellectual property but not at the expense of reduced productivity and decreased employee satisfaction.

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To address these challenges, Citrix and Cisco Duo have joined forces, integrating their products to enable employees to work from anywhere, seamlessly and securely.

Take the case of MarinHealth Medical Center, a midsized hospital based in Marin County, California. For this healthcare provider, it’s now standard practice for employees to remotely access both cloud-based applications such as Office 365 and internal applications such as electronic medical record (EMR) systems.

Unfortunately, today’s business landscape is permeated by malicious practices, such as credential stuffing where cybercriminals buy credentials from the dark web and attempt to use them to log into an organization’s network. A single-login security posture can’t defend against this type of vulnerability. Though a security team can certainly warn users not to share passwords across accounts, reuse passwords or click on unknown links, it has no control over actual behavior.


This is where the partnership between Citrix and Cisco Duo comes in.

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Founded in the late 80’s, Citrix is well known—among other things—for allowing employees to run remote applications using a local device, such as a laptop or smartphone.

Today, the Citrix Gateway product consolidates remote access infrastructure to provide a single sign-on across all applications whether they are running on premises in a data center, off premises in a cloud, or delivered by a third-party SaaS application.

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In concert, Citrix Workspace provides a secure, contextual, and unified workspace—on any device. This workspace gives employees instant access to their SaaS and web apps, virtual apps, files, and desktops from an easy-to-use, all-in-one interface powered by Citrix Workspace services.

Cisco Duo adds secure authentication with advanced endpoint security

Cisco Duo increases security for employees connecting over Citrix by adding multifactor authentication (MFA) to provide a crucial second level of defense against cyberattacks such as credential stuffing.

Cisco Duo also goes a step further by checking the security posture of the devices used to access the corporate environment. If an iPad device is used, for example, Duo will verify that the operating system is on the latest patch level and that the device hasn’t been jailbroken, which can introduce additional security vulnerabilities.

Cisco Duo provides adaptive access policies as well, examining information such as the device’s physical location when issuing an MFA request to authenticate the user and device. If the device is at the employee’s home, connected on a known IP address, an administrator may select to let the employee choose a lower assurance MFA option such as one-time password. However, an access request from a different location than the employee’s home, could mean a stronger level of MFA is required such as Duo Push.

In addition, Cisco Duo makes it easier to read, filter and export analytics, enabling a security team to review why login denials have occurred. Perhaps these requests are fraudulent, or an employee must update their operating system.

Simple to use

The zero-trust Citrix and Cisco Duo security framework is also easy to use. Ease of use is particularly important because complicated logins can lead not only to disgruntled employees, but also to a host of support requests from employees simply trying to read their email remotely.


For MarinHealth, the Citrix and Cisco Duo joint solution has proven to be the right answer; it enhances logins to the hospital’s Citrix Gateway with MFA as employees and patients remotely access applications. Perhaps best of all, MarinHealth has been pleased by the small number of tickets and issues it has experienced, given the pervasiveness of use of Citrix Gateway and Cisco Duo for the hospital.

So, if your employees are working remotely, and you want to greatly reduce the risk of security breaches, learn more about how the Citrix and Cisco Duo integration might be the right answer for your organization.

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The rapid move to the cloud and remote work prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic are creating dynamic work environments that promise to drive new levels of productivity and innovation. But they have also opened the door to a host of new security and reliability concerns and sparked a significant increase in cyberattacks.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reported a 400% increase in the number of cyberattack complaints since the pandemic began and more workers have had to access corporate resources remotely.

To help companies defend themselves, Citrix is introducing two new workspace security solutions designed to secure access and protect applications wherever work needs to get done.

“Organizations are struggling with solutions designed for defending static perimeters in today’s dynamic enterprise environments, and there is a critical need for a new approach,” said John Grady, cybersecurity analyst at independent research firm ESG.

“Organizations expect improved security, performance, and efficiency through solutions that provide centralized management and distributed enforcement across the entire environment.”

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A unified approach


Citrix delivers on this through an application-centric approach that starts with the digital workspace. In a single solution, Citrix combines a full cloud-delivered security stack integrated with identity-aware Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) and an application-aware SD-WAN that allows companies to deliver cloud and Internet-based applications securely with high performance and reliability across work environments.

With the two new secure access offerings announced today, companies can accelerate their journey to a Secure Access Services Edge (SASE) and future proof their security investments:

  • Citrix Secure Internet Access – A comprehensive, global cloud security service that addresses the security requirements of modern enterprises. This includes secure web gateway, next-generation firewall, cloud access security broker (CASB), DLP, sandboxing and AI-driven attack detection.
  • Citrix Secure Workspace Access – A VPN-less solution that delivers zero trust access to corporate web and SaaS applications accessed from managed and BYO devices.

Complemented by Citrix SD-WAN, the solutions – which can be purchased and used separately or together – also plug and play with third-party SD-WAN infrastructure, enabling companies to maximize their existing investments.

“Modern enterprises require an intelligent approach to workspace security that protects employees, following the Zero Trust model, without getting in the way of their experience,” said Fermin Serna, Chief Information Security Office, Citrix. “And that is what Citrix digital workspace security solutions are uniquely designed to deliver.”

A recent survey of IT decision makers conducted by Pulse and Citrix, confirms this notion. Of 100 executives and managers polled in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region, polled, 97 percent cited employee experience as a key influence on their security strategy. And 75 percent said they are looking to improve the user experience through their design and execution.

In embracing Citrix’s approach to security, companies can:

  • Enhance security and productivity through identity-aware, zero trust access to all cloud and internet-based applications and virtual desktops.
  • Leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide real-time insights into user behavior and automate the process of preventing cybersecurity breaches – all while maintaining a reliable digital workspace experience for employees.
  • Identify specific security incidents, atypical activity and policy violations using built-in forensics and detailed search into all traffic and user behavior.
  • Protect against all threats, everywhere leveraging more than 100 global points-of-presence, powered by over 10 threat intelligence engines.
  • Provide full coverage for all popular Cloud and SaaS properties, devices and operating systems, leaving no gap for access security coverage.
  • Deliver consistently fast application performance regardless of network availability with built-in SD-WAN, application optimization and peering with thousands of SaaS services.

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And many are on the path to doing so.

“We are adopting more of the public cloud (IaaS, SaaS and hosted Apps), and we need resilient and secure channels that allow us to access them in an innovative and integrated way and ensure a consistent user experience,” said Sriram Sitaraman, Chief Information Officer, Synopsys.

“With Citrix Workspace, we have started to move beyond traditional VPN solutions and now provide our employees and partners with zero trust and secure access to their infrastructure on corporate managed or BYO devices. And we can do it all within a single pane of glass, while maintaining a superior employee experience, which is very appealing.”

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