Interview

Software is the key enablement for defining security perimeter: Makarand Joshi, Citrix

Makarand Joshi, Area Vice President and Country Head – India Subcontinent at Citrix, talks about GDPR, why it bets on a software-defined perimeter, and what makes its unified workspace solution unique in the market.

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Irrespective of the industry domain, security has become a key topic across all organizations. The reason why security is becoming so critical is because the perimeter on which one can start defining what enterprise security is has changed.

One of the reasons for this is that the ease and ability to access information is increasing at a rapid pace. Safe within the gambit of the enterprise one operated in, security was easier to manage. Today security has to be run at the enterprise level for users’ devices – thanks to the BYOD proliferation.

In the increasingly competitive security space, companies are vying for a larger section of the pie by deploying the latest technologies and upping the ante to build partner loyalty.

In an exclusive interaction with CSO online, Makarand Joshi, Area Vice President and Country Head – India Subcontinent, at Citrix, talks about GDPR preparedness, the importance of a software-defined perimeter, and what Citrix brings to the table with its unified Workspace app.

What makes a software defined perimeter key to enforcing modern day enterprise security? How does it ensure that agility is not compromised?

When I start looking at creating a secure digital workspace, the core foundation for me to start having a Citrix offering is a software-defined perimeter. Software becomes the key enablement for defining the perimeter.

The Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) enables IT to not only design and modify the policies; it also gives secure access through both the applications and usage of data. Another reason is that when we start defining policies, we should ensure that these policies can be designed and implemented as quickly as it's possible.

Makarand Joshi, Citrix

 

                                                  Makarand Joshi

             AVP & Country Head - India subcontinent, Citrix

 

The Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) enables IT to not only design and modify the policies; it also gives secure access through both the applications and usage of data. Another reason is that when we start defining policies, we should ensure that these policies can be designed and implemented as quickly as it's possible.

To ensure that agility is not affected, several layers of security are added. Depending on the need or change of business, the ability to implement or enforce a policy will be specifically addressed to that user group or application.

With GDPR coming into effect, there's increased focus on governance and compliance. What solutions does Citrix offer to address this factor, and how prepared are Indian organizations in meeting GDPR guidelines?

Keeping GDPR in mind, we'll go back to the policies and security measures we've designed. This includes determining where and how the data resides, who should the data talk to, where should it flow and who can access the data.

When we're working with organizations, we first understand how the business happens and how the data flows. We then offer them a solution from our portfolio - it could be a virtualization solution or through networking.

The core of GDPR implementation and access will be based on the security policies and design.

The focus on GDPR actually started a few quarters back. Around 2-3 quarters back, organizations had started the core design based on how and where data is flowing, and who's accessing it.

Over the last six to nine months, Indian organizations have put in a lot of work to gear up for GDPR compliance. We've reached that stage where concrete actions or implementations are already in place.

Citrix is operating in a space swarming with competitors; it's not just the established players, a lot of startups have also joined the race. What is it that sets Citrix apart as a differentiator?

One of the factors is our commitment to technology innovation and R&D. In fact, Bangalore is a hub for research activities at Citrix.

Secondly, Citrix has a much deeper understanding of the business and the customer. If you look at Citrix's customer base, you'll see that Citrix is working with most Fortune 100 companies.

Understanding the domain and customers' business needs enables us to take the feedback back to the innovation cycle. This is the real competitive advantage Citrix has.

Could you give us a glimpse of the technology innovations at Citrix?

Citrix Workspace unifies the experience and secures SaaS, mobile and virtual apps, and content across all endpoints. Citrix is expanding its portfolio of delivering virtual apps, desktops and mobile apps to provide secure access to SaaS apps and content via Citrix Workspace app, creating the first unified digital workspace for business.

The company believes it offers the most complete and integrated workspace to enable people to securely access their web, SaaS, Windows, Linux and mobile apps, desktops and files from anywhere and across any device.

Citrix Workspace gives users secure, single sign-on access to all the applications and content in an intuitive and digital workspace that delivers a consistent and unified experience across all devices.