Authentication serves a vital function within any organization -securing access to corporate networks, protecting the identities of users, and ensuring that a user is who he claims to be. Yet the recent surge in high-profile security breaches, as well as evolving business environments that require entirely new considerations for access control – like SaaS applications and mobile device management – represents a shift in how trust and control is established and maintained.
An increasingly mobile workforce, the proliferation of mobile devices used by employees to access corporate resources, and the move to the cloud are blurring the boundaries of the traditional network security perimeter.
In the current decentralized IT environment, the organizational VPN is just one of several end points used to access confidential network resources and critical business applications. Increasingly, organizations are deploying core business applications and sensitive resources across a greater number of web-based, cloud-based and on premise servers and are having difficulty creating consistent authentication policies for secure access to all corporate resources.
The growth in the use of virtualized environments—particularly Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions, such as those provided by Citrix— is challenging businesses to overcome the vulnerabilities of fixed passwords and implement a consistent authentication policy to secure access to all online corporate resources.
As enterprises transition to the cloud, they are essentially shifting their focus from controlling security with physical boundaries, to that of a virtual infrastructure. When data and applications move to the cloud, user access – by default – takes place remotely. Organizations therefore have to contend with a diffused data perimeter which induces them to implement access controls for applications both in the cloud and those within the confi nes of the data center.
Increasingly, online financial services are under attack. Financial services institutions and their onlinebanking customers face a rapidly escalating threat landscape in which malware attacks and data breaches are commonplace.
There is growing concern among IT leaders over the rise in corporate espionage and Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) that originate from unauthorized local network access. Relying on simple passwords to protect employees’ computers and privileged workstations could put your organization at risk.
The growth in the use of virtualized environments has underscored the need for secure network access, particularly Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions, such as those provided by Secure Citrix and VDI solutions. It is challenging for businesses to overcome the vulnerabilities of fixed passwords and implement a consistent authentication policy to secure access to all online corporate resources.
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