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Securing the cloud endpoint

Kurt Roemer, Chief Security Strategist, Citrix | Nov. 7, 2016
For cloud’s sake, let’s reduce our security dependence on browsers

Next, extend the browser to support services that extend security functionality. Multi-factor authentication can be enabled to secure applications and reduce the dependency on simple passwords. Integrate content management, information rights management and ad blocking where appropriate. Don’t forget privacy – limit access to location data and personal info on endpoint. And provide these services isolated from other browser instances and in a one-time-use browser configuration whenever non-persistence benefits the security experience.

In addition, consider the benefits of virtualization of apps and data not just within the cloud provider, but all the way out to the endpoint. Virtualization enables the ability to control copy and paste in and out of specific apps and between apps, along with control over use of USB and specific peripherals.

Arbitrary links in email and other applications can be redirected to a one-time-use browser that is isolated from key resources, severely limiting the impact of malware.  Support for multiple browser frameworks, versions and app-specific configurations is enabled for specific use cases. Virtualization also supports minimal footprint endpoints such as Chromebooks, tablets, thin and zero clients for endpoint de-scoping and cost optimization. And the biggest benefit of all – data stays within the cloud and only a pixelated representation of data hits the endpoint while apps look and work the same!

It’s recommended that organizations use the cloud to provide full end-to-end security by publishing browsers for access across enterprise and cloud apps. With the deprecation of Flash and whole-scale move to HTML5, it’s a good time to update your organization’s web application and browser strategy – especially for the cloud endpoint.

The cloud endpoint is a new class of device and usage. Extend your endpoint strategy to include the cloud endpoint and the benefits of delivering virtualized browsers, apps and desktops to the cloud endpoint.

Citrix provides a complete and integrated portfolio of Workspace-as-a-Service, application delivery, virtualization, mobility, network delivery and file sharing solutions that enables IT to ensure critical systems are securely available to users via the cloud or on-premise and across any device or platform. https://www.citrix.com

 

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