When it comes to the IT, cloud, mobile devices, websites, you name it, security remains one of the top concerns of any business, be it a mid-market organization or small-scale enterprise. However, according to Gartner1, by 2018, the 60% of enterprises that implement appropriate cloud visibility and control tools will experience one-third fewer security failures. This is critical, particularly given that we’re still in an era where data breaches happen on an almost weekly basis, such as one that just happened with national retailer, Kmart.
Getting a trusted level of security in a fully customizable cloud-based workspace solution – at an affordable price point, is probably a pipe dream, right?
Enter AnywhereApp from MTM Technologies, Inc. Yes, it’s a digital workspace solution that isn’t pre-packaged one-size-fits-all from your local service provider. Yes, AnywhereApp allows you to customize your workspace solution, without the complexities found in solutions for the largest of the large enterprises. You can read more about these business benefits and more here. In this blog I’ll take you under the AnywhereApp security hood to better understand what I feel are the most eye-opening security capabilities.
Secure by Design, from the Data Center to the Device, at Rest and In-Flight
With AnywhereApp, your entire infrastructure, data, and mobile access systems are all encrypted, even at rest. This means in the event of a data breach, intruders still can’t see anything – not your data or the underlying systems. What’s more, AnywhereApp offers this level of encryption as well as RAID as multiple layers of security for your business, making it redundant as well as secure.
Accessing virtual apps or desktops via Citrix Receiver is also secured with SSL and a 2048-bit encryption key, which makes it virtually impossible to crack user a I.D. or password, as well as any other sensitive materials available. When needed, authentication can be bolstered with a variety of advanced security methods including dual factor authentication and Smart Cards.
Regarding network security, AnywhereApp utilizes Trend Micro to closely inspect and monitor what’s happening on the wire, as well as on the servers. Administrators can see whomever is trying to break into the server, and can also pick up and detect anything that would be an anomaly. The Citrix HDX protocol ensures that all in-flight data between the device and the AnywhereApp servers are secured with 2048 bit encryption.
Policy-Based Access Control
A one size fits all security policy rarely works for most organizations. Different users need different levels of access under different conditions. Rather than applying security policies like a light switch (on or off), AnywhereApp contextually applies them like a dimmer switch, based on real-time scenarios, providing a range of granular levels of access.
Users access their virtual apps or desktops through Citrix NetScaler and Citrix Receiver, which provides secure authentication and 2048-bit encryption, making it virtually impossible to crack user a I.D. or password, as well as any other sensitive materials available. When needed, authentication can be bolstered with a variety of advanced NetScaler security methods including dual factor authentication and Smart Cards.
Here’s another example – a healthcare use case. Inside the hospital, a doctor should most certainly be able to access an ERM application from a trusted device. But should that same sensitive application be accessible from a home network? A paralegal might need to print, copy and paste and save locally when they are working in the office, but should those same capabilities be allowed when connecting from a mobile device at the airport?
With AnywhereApp, security can finally be responsive and adaptive, to keep pace with the always on the go, mobile workforce of today.
Go Ahead, Steal My Device
Today’s virtual-intensive business landscape, with global workforces and mobile devices, requires an environment where employees can trust the integrity of their data, no matter their environment nor circumstance. IT security strategies today can’t be centered around the device. These strategies leave too much threat potential on the device itself.
AnywhereApp enables a digital workforce environment where the data is secured and protected in the cloud. Only keyboard, mouse and screen shots are security rendered on the device and traveling over the wire.
Secured via an IGEL thin client, you can use any device with the trust that your most sensitive data is protected and backed up on the server.
Are You Ready to Have a More Secure Digital Strategy?
There is great benefit in having access to a customizable workforce-as-a-service solution that is uniquely designed for each business and their specific needs. This type of solution is only as good as its ability to offer the security necessary for today’s digital workforce environments. If your workspace solution doesn’t meet the stringent security controls offered by AnywhereApp, contact us to see how we can elevate the security of your digital workforce or visit www.AnywhereApp.com.
1: “Is The Cloud Secure”; Gartner, January 23, 2017.