Citrix | August 05, 2022
Forced by the pandemic to provide employees with access to the systems and information they needed to work from home, IT organizations around the world turned to traditional technologies like Virtual Private Networks (VPN). And they worked. But as the world moves to hybrid work, 96 percent of IT leaders who participated in a recent global survey conducted by Gartner Peer Insights on behalf of Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS), say they no longer cut it. And they’re rethinking their approach.
A Seismic Change
Hybrid models have radically changed where and how work gets done – and even who does it. Of the organizations who participated in the Citrix poll:
96 percent have a hybrid work policy or allow both fully remote and hybrid work
85 percent say their workforce is more geographically dispersed than it was two years ago
75 percent have seen an increase in the number of seasonal, contract, or freelance workers
A Major Miss
When it comes to supporting these changes, respondents say the solutions they put in place to enable remote work fall short in the following areas:
Fail to protect against additional security risks posed by employees working from anywhere (96 percent)
Create a digital divide between in-office and remote employees (63 percent)
Don’t provide a consistent user experience (46 percent)
Hinder efficient collaboration among distributed employees (46 percent)
Don’t support bring-your-own-device initiatives (33 percent)
Difficult to scale and manage (25 percent)
A Strategic Shift
And they are increasing their investments in technologies that allow them to provide a simpler, more consistent and secure experience for employees regardless of where they work, including:
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) (69 percent)
Virtual apps and desktops (56 percent)
Desktops as a Service (DaaS) (42 percent)
Zero trust network access (34 percent)
A Layered Approach
VPN remains the most popular solution to support remote work. But as the Citrix research reveals, it’s not enough to enable safe and productive hybrid work on its own. According to the poll, 87 percent of respondents using VPN have implemented at least one other solution to close the gaps, including:
VDI (69 percent)
Virtual Apps and Desktops (49 percent)
DaaS (39 percent)
And in doing so, they’re achieving their goal. When asked to identify the top three benefits their hybrid work solutions provide, participants in the Citrix poll said they:
Provide layered protection for all devices on the network, including unmanaged and BYOD
Create an equitable work experience by providing employees with consistent and reliable access to applications and data regardless of where they are working
Provide layered protection and consistent security management for all applications
“Hybrid work is the future of work, Innovative organizations recognize this and are reimagining the solutions used to support it so they can deliver it today.”
Tim Minahan, Executive Vice President of Strategy, Citrix
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Stratodesk | June 24, 2022
EPOS, a Demant Group premium audio brand, and endpoint OS innovator Stratodesk announced today that EPOS devices are now optimized for Stratodesk NoTouch to ease communication and collaboration for hybrid workforces and contact centers. Stratodesk NoTouch is connected with and certified for EPOS Connect VDI software, allowing end users to utilize their EPOS devices with Stratodesk-powered endpoints and IT staff to monitor and control the complete solution as a single system.
“The audio experience is essential for success in today’s hybrid and distributed workspaces. The integration of EPOS and Stratodesk allows IT teams to manage EPOS headsets or speaker phones with just a few clicks, so in moments the devices can be ready for calls and meetings. Together, EPOS and Stratodesk help ensure an impeccable communication and collaboration experience in any workspace, whether it’s in the office or remote,”
Emanuel Pirker, founder and CEO of Stratodesk
“Both EPOS Digital Solutions and Stratodesk are built for the cloud yet give organizations complete flexibility and control to manage technology assets in the way they want. When your people can work in a hybrid way and devices can be anywhere, our partnership with Stratodesk allows IT organizations to remain in complete control of the assets. Teaming up with Stratodesk is an important step to deliver a premium audio experience for our customers,” said Theis Mørk, VP Product Management at EPOS.
Mutual clients may implement EPOS Connect VDI with Stratodesk NoTouch Center, a management solution that allows administrators to control the whole VDI network from their web browser. They may then download the EPOS Manager to control their EPOS devices using its simple interface. EPOS Manager is a robust on-premises or cloud-based system that enables clients to manage EPOS headsets and speakerphones, deploy firmware upgrades, and setup peripherals from any location.
VMware | June 03, 2022
VMware Inc. announced today substantial updates to its unique lateral security capabilities to assist clients in achieving robust security for both contemporary and old applications across multi-cloud environments. Contexa, VMware's full-fidelity threat intelligence tool that watches the entirety of VMware's network, endpoint, and client technologies, was launched ahead of the RSA Conference 2022. VMware is enhancing its security and management offering by combining standard security analytics with augmented threat information via Contexa.
“Threat actors are increasingly deploying sophisticated infiltration tactics, including the use of stolen credentials in order to exploit vulnerabilities and hide in the noise of normalcy. In a world where the stakes in security continue to rise, lateral security has become the new battleground. Combining VMware Contexa with our architectural advantage, VMware exclusively sees every process running in an endpoint, every packet crossing the network, every access point, and the inner workings of both traditional and modern apps to identify and stop threats others can’t.”
Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager, Networking and Advanced Security Business Group, VMware
Attackers have nowhere to hide thanks to VMware Contexa.
VMware Contexa is a threat intelligence cloud that detects what other solutions don't and prevents what other solutions can't. Contexa sees and understands the internal workings of both contemporary and classic applications every step of the way—from user to device, to network, to run time, to data—due to its privileged position in the infrastructure.
Every day, VMware Contexa captures and analyzes approximately 1.5 trillion endpoint eventsi and 10 billion network flowsii, as well as carefully selected threat intelligence data obtained via technology partnerships. This rich information is evaluated further utilizing machine learning and the expertise of over 500 researchers from VMware's Threat Analysis Unit and incident response partners. Contexa now detects over 2.2 billion suspicious behaviors each dayiii, providing zero touch detection and automatic, graded reaction for more than 80% of these occurrences.
Contexa, which is included into every VMware security solution, will be free to all new and current clients. The business that pioneered virtualization is now protecting virtual machines like no other—and innovating in contemporary application security.