Citrix Synergy 2012: Citrix security chief calls on firms to embrace BYOD

IT workers who fight the BYOD trend risk losing out, claims Citrix chief.

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The mobile working revolution is forcing IT departments to change they way they address security, claims Citrix chief security officer Kurt Roemer.

"As Mark (Templeton) talked about in the keynote [the main challenges to security are] around mobile workstyles and the cloud," Roemer told IT Pro.

"The new BYO (bring your own) type model has caused a lot of questions about security and the cloud [and] those have been hot button issues," said Roemer.

When it comes to security and BYO, few companies can lay down the law', claimed Roemer, and tell employees they cannot bring their own devices and apps into the workplace.

"IT needs to get educated in how they can support BYO [and] what they should be telling their workers to help them, instead of fighting the BYO wave," Roemer said.

He cited his firm's Citrix Receiver technology as a way round this, because it stops company data interacting with insecure apps.

"If you are letting people bring their own devices, you cannot just rip it out of their hands when they come in the office and try to install a bunch of stuff on it," he said.

"They just went out and spent $500 or $800 on a device, [they will not allow it]."

Roemer also highlighted Citrix Sharefile as a way for BYO users to work offline and then synch with the company's cloud or datacentre.

"That has been a big, big evolution that is really going to help people further adopt these devices securely," he claimed.

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