The topic of mobility and BYOD has become a fairly divisive subject, because of the differing perspectives on how to resolve security challenges for the mobile user. Within the Security Week contributor set alone, perspective on this ranges from the complexities of dealing with BYOD to a recommendation to keep personal and business devices separate. The fact is, we all have strong affinities for our favorite mobile devices, and just as organizations had to embrace the desire for users to use Macs in the office (remember that controversy?), users are now making their own choices about the mobile devices they use at work. When employees are given the resources to do their jobs in more places, they find better and more productive ways to work.
Palo Alto Networks has been working closely with Citrix to develop solutions for customers that want secure access to any application from any device. Initially, we focused our collective efforts on integrating our next generation firewall with Citrix NetScaler to deliver secure, high performance cloud networks. Our mutual customers have been very pleased with the results we’ve delivered with this combination of best-in-class products.
Today, we’re pleased to extend those benefits to mobile device users in enterprises. Both companies share a mindset that mobile device users should have broad access to applications without compromising security. Citrix recently announced their XenMobile Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution. It’s a really well-conceived solution that combines MDM, secure e-mail and browsing, mobile application containers, a unified application store, and identity management. I encourage you to learn more about XenMobile.
Palo Alto Networks is integrated with XenMobile to enable customers to manage, secure, and connect mobile devices to the corporate network through GlobalProtect. GlobalProtect is our solution to ensure that the same secure application enablement policies that protect users at the corporate site are enforced for all users, regardless of their location and device type.
XenMobile can be used to provision and automatically configure VPN settings in iOS and Android. Mobile device users automatically receive VPN configurations, including device certificate authentication for additional device and network security. XenMobile not only simplifies the initial deployment of GlobalProtect, but also ensures ongoing compliance of employee-owned mobile devices. XenMobile automatically checks for compliance violations and takes remediation action to proactively prevent security breaches.
You can learn more about GlobalProtect by visiting: http://paloaltonetworks.com/globalprotect and about the specific integration with XenMobile by visiting: http://media.paloaltonetworks.com/documents/Citrix-Mobile-Device-Management.pdf
Together, Citrix and Palo Alto Networks have introduced an elegant solution for companies that want to embrace mobility as a way to improve productivity, but still want to eliminate the threat vectors created by the BYOD phenomena.
We finally wrapped up our worldwide 10-city data center summit tour last week. I personally logged more than 40,000 miles, advanced my ability to work in a cramped airline seat, and sampled local cuisine from Singapore Chilli Crab to Australian King Prawns. But the highlight for me, of course, was meeting attendees, customers and partners at the summits and being able to share our data center story.