Securely support BYOD and unmanaged devices

Provide access to IT sanctioned apps—without increasing risks

If there’s one struggle every IT professional will face, it’s the rise of flexible BYOD work policies. On the one hand, letting employees and contractors use personal devices for work can go a long way in reducing costs and simplifying IT. At the same time, a lack of insight into the health of these devices creates significant risk—especially when people use them to access and store sensitive information. If attackers manage to infect them with malware, your risk of data exfiltration runs high. Which means you need a way to provide secure access to IT-sanctioned apps while keeping unauthorized users at bay.

Executive summary

  • Companies that are serious about implementing a BYOD program must look to mitigate risks.
  • Malware on unmanaged devices pose a serious risk, but limiting access to apps lowers productivity.
  • Citrix Secure Private Access provides the security controls you need to protect sensitive data, without compromising the employee experience.

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Business outcomes

Protect against malware

BYOD can be great for productivity: 67% of employees use personal devices at work, and 69% of IT decisionmakers say BYOD is a good thing.1 But it also enables attackers to distribute dangerous malware that can infect entire networks. Citrix Secure Private Access protects against keylogger and screen capturing threats with a specialized workspace app and browser isolation technology. You can isolate end user devices from apps, thereby protecting the application itself when a device has been compromised. And with policies to prevent downloads and add watermarking, you can keep sensitive data protected. All without compromising the user experience or limiting productivity.

Leverage adaptive authentication and adaptive access

More of the world’s employees are working remotely than ever before. Traffic from unmanaged and BYOD devices has doubled as a result, leading to massive growth in corporate cloud attacks.2 You could reduce your risks by limiting access. But that would severely impact productivity. Instead, Citrix Secure Private Access provides capabilities to check and see if a device is managed or BYOD, and to evaluate the user’s location and risk score. Your admin can then define how they want to authenticate and authorize access to apps based on these results.

Replace traditional VPN

With a traditional VPN, all end user devices connect directly to the network. This leaves IT with just one choice: Provide full access or no access at all. At a time when the number of exposed VPNs is high3, the lack of granular security controls means companies can’t afford to risk the use of BYOD devices that might be infected. Citrix offers a way around this challenge by providing secure access to IT-sanctioned apps—minus the need for a corporate network connection. Access is adapted based on device posture and risk factors. And because nothing is stored on the endpoint itself, there’s far less risk if a BYOD device is lost, stolen, or infiltrated by a bad actor.

1 2 McAfee 3 Gartner

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