New Citrix Safe Zone Technology Enables Transparent Data Security for the Virtual Workforce

SAN FRANCISCO » 5/12/2010 » Today at Citrix Synergy 2010, the conference where virtualization, networking and cloud computing meet, Citrix Systems unveiled a new “Safe Zone” technology that makes it easier for companies to securely embrace virtual computing, even for external contractors and users working on home PCs or employee-owned laptops. The new technology automatically encrypts all data created by corporate applications delivered to users via Citrix XenApp or Microsoft App-V, storing them transparently in dedicated “safe zone” directories. This ensures sensitive corporate data stored on non-corporate devices is not only protected, but that it can also be wiped remotely at the end of a contract, or in the event that a user’s laptop is lost or stolen.

As workforce dynamics evolve, companies around the world are increasingly relying on contractors and temporary workers as a key part of their virtual workforce. Many companies are also extending the ability of employees to work outside the office using non corporate-owned devices such as home PCs, or implementing “Bring Your Own Computer” (BYOC) programs that allow employees to purchase any laptop they choose. While these flexible working programs are increasingly popular, they can make it challenging for companies to ensure corporate data is secure at all times, even when it is stored on devices not owned by IT.

The new Citrix “Safe Zone” technology addresses this challenge by adding an encrypted data plug-in to the Citrix Receiver™ client software. As long as users have this plug-in, any data created by corporate applications or saved in a secure safe zone directory is automatically encrypted, regardless of where the users are located or what device they are using. By ensuring data protection for contractors, teleworkers and corporate BYOC users, companies can extend security policies to all workers in today’s increasingly virtual workforce.

Key Facts and Highlights:

  • Transparent File Encryption – 256 bit AES encryption of data created by hosted or streamed  apps from XenApp, as well as Microsoft App-V delivered apps.
  • Encrypted Data “Safe Zone” – Creates a dedicated folder with seamless user access to store, share and transfer data.
  • Centralized IT Control – Granular application and data access control, lock and delete triggers for corporate data, and key recovery to unlock encrypted data.
  • Citrix Receiver Integration – Centrally managed and controlled from Citrix Merchandising Server™ – the back-end server component of Citrix Receiver – with easy install and “silent” updates
  • Availability – The new Citrix “Safe Zone” technology is available today as a Tech Preview and can be downloaded at https://www.citrix.com/receiver/encryption.

Related Links and Announcements:

  • Expert blog by David Wagner, Product Manager, XenApp product group at Citrix

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About Citrix Synergy 2010
Born as a user conference more than 10 years ago, Citrix Synergy™ will present the best ideas from leaders in virtualization, cloud computing and networking to help you build a simpler and more cost-effective IT environment. Citrix Synergy San Francisco takes place May 12 to 14, 2010, at Moscone West Convention Center. Citrix Synergy Berlin will be held at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center, Oct. 6 to 7, 2010. More information is available on the Citrix Synergy web site at https://www.citrixsynergy.com.

About Citrix
Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) is a leading provider of virtual computing solutions that help companies deliver IT as an on-demand service. Founded in 1989, Citrix combines virtualization, networking, and cloud computing technologies into a full portfolio of products that enable virtual workstyles for users and virtual datacenters for IT. More than 230,000 organizations worldwide rely on Citrix to help them build simpler and more cost-effective IT environments. Citrix partners with over 10,000 companies in more than 100 countries. Annual revenue in 2009 was $1.61 billion.