Citrix and Check Point Software Technologies Team to Deliver Next-Generation Firewall solution to provide extra layers of security to protect expanded attack surface created by increase in remote work.
Remote work has become the new normal. And traditional methods of securing corporate networks no longer cut it. The abrupt and significant increase in the number of employees working from home has expanded the attack surface and threats that companies must guard against. And Citrix and global cybersecurity company Check Point Software Technologies are teaming help them do it. The companies has announced plans to enable easy deployment and management of additional next-generation firewalls within Citrix SD-WAN to provide companies with extra layers of security to protect their assets at branches and beyond.
“Companies have been forced to accelerate the transition of their networks to cloud and SaaS to enable better application performance and visibility and security needs to adapt with them”. “Together with Check Point Software Technologies, we can deliver an advanced SD-WAN solution that protects organizations as their workspaces and applications as they make the shift.”said Chalan Aras, Vice President, SD-WAN and Intelligent Traffic Management, Citrix.
WAN Edge Networking Made Easy
Citrix takes a comprehensive approach to safeguarding the WAN edge, combining integrated firewall and edge security capabilities with next-generation and cloud firewalls from leading vendors to provide organizations with flexibility and choice in how they protect their branches.
Citrix and Check Point Software Technologies already offer a joint solution with Citrix SD-WAN and Check Point CloudGuard. The planned integration of Citrix SD-WAN and Check Point CloudGuard Edge and Check Point CloudGuard Connect will further enable distributed enterprises to automate and enhance their network and cloud protection in a simple, cost-effective way.
“Connecting branches directly to the cloud using SD-WAN significantly increases security risks”.”With Citrix SD-WAN and CloudGuard Connect and CloudGuard Edge, enterprises can now deploy Check Point’s top-rated threat prevention and intelligence to protect their branch offices against the latest Zero Day and Gen V security threats’”said Itai Greenberg, Vice President of Product Management and Product Marketing, Checkpoint Software Technologies.
Leveraging Citrix SD-WAN Orchestrator for unified management and control alongside Check Point’s industry leading, next-generation firewall products, IT organizations will be able to:
- Streamline provisioning of a wide range of multi-layer security services from Citrix SD-WAN Orchestrator, available via Citrix Cloud
- Build and enforce consistent access control policies based on applications and users across network and cloud
- Automate provisioning of Check Point CloudGuard Edge on the Citrix 1100 appliance, as a virtual network function (VNF)
- Simplify connections to Check Point CloudGuard Connect service for consistent policy enforcement
- Apply security zone segmentation to protect users, applications, and data
As more applications shift to the cloud, business users need secure access to these applications to effectively do their jobs. From virtual meetings to file-sharing to collaboration through tools like Microsoft Teams, Slack, Zoom, ShareFile and OneDrive, including voice and video traffic, they require consistent, high-quality bandwidth, all the time. For IT organizations that are managing remote and branch offices, it can be a challenge to accommodate these needs in a way that’s efficient, secure, and cost effective. Users are consuming more Wide-Area Network (WAN) bandwidth than ever, leaving them with a user experience that is all too often suboptimal. Traditional WAN architectures weren’t designed to support cloud and SaaS applications. Cloud and SaaS traffic now congests the WAN traversing expensive leased lines that drive up costs or unreliable public Internet lines resulting in frustrated users.
CHECK POINT CITRIX SD-WAN SOLUTION
Now, there’s a better option. Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) enables enterprises to provide optimized connectivity over both broadband Internet and private links to applications that reside in data centers, IaaS/PaaS clouds, SaaS and any hybrid scenario while simplifying and centralizing branch management. SD-WAN is critical for today’s hybrid cloud environments because it brings enterprise-level manageability, performance, and reliability across branch offices.
Directly connecting branch offices to the cloud via a Local Internet Breakout reduces latency and improves the overall user experience. However, as you look to offload cloud traffic from your private WAN to local Internet connections, you become susceptible to cyber-attacks. Check Point secures these links with the same advanced threat prevention available in Check Point on-premises security gateways. Together Citrix and Check Point assure the performance and security of enterprise and cloud
applications over the Internet and hybrid-WAN while dramatically simplifying deployments and reducing costs.
To learn more about Citrix SD-WAN, visit: www.citrix.com/sdwan.
For information on CloudGuard Edge, CloudGuard Connect, or Check Point Next Generation Firewall (NGFW), visit www.checkpoint.com.