Secure access to apps with a stronger SSO alternative

Go beyond traditional single sign-on (SSO) with the adaptive access solution for browser-based apps

Most organizations use single sign-on (SSO) to secure access to SaaS apps. But do these solutions provide all the functionality you need? Many don’t deliver security controls after login or protect against common malwares, and tend to be limited in which apps they can be used for. While these SSO disadvantages may have been minor when employees worked from the office, hybrid work is changing things fast. Applications are now used from all types of remote locations, often on unsecured networks and personal devices. Which means it’s time for a more scalable approach to identity and access management (IAM).

Executive summary

  • Providing secure and seamless access to applications creates complications for users and IT alike.
  • With today’s hybrid work environments, it’s critical to continually monitor and assess user sessions.
  • Citrix Secure Private Access lets you overcome the disadvantages of SSO by providing zero trust network access (ZTNA) with adaptive authentication.

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Business outcomes

Unify access to all apps

Many SSO solutions provide secure, seamless access to SaaS applications. But what happens when someone needs to use internal ones? The average enterprise deploys more than 4001 custom apps—ones your users need to engage with customers, coworkers, and partners. While on-premises datacenter security may have worked well for these in the past, traditional VPN now complicates the experience when users work remotely. That’s why Citrix Secure Private Access offers single sign-on to all web and SaaS apps.* This modern SSO option lets you consolidate multiple access points into one seamless user experience.

Deliver ZTNA with adaptive authentication

When 50% of apps contain security vulnerabilities2, it’s no longer enough to authorize users at login. You need to continually verify and monitor access, too. Yet many traditional SSO solutions still authenticate just once. After a user is authorized to access an application, there’s no way to see if suspicious activity is taking place. Citrix solves this challenge with adaptive authentication and adaptive access control policies. Citrix Secure Private Access uses automation to continually scan the device throughout each user and app session. When changes to location, device posture, or user risk score are detected, cybersecurity controls automatically kick in to adapt permissions and change how a user is authorized to access corporate resources.

Apply consistent security policies

Malware variants are becoming more sophisticated and evasive then ever3. And two types in particular—keylogging and screen capturing malware—can be especially dangerous. With many popular SSO products, however, there’s no way to protect against threats that may be infecting an endpoint. Citrix Secure Private Access picks up where these solutions leave off. App protection polices for BYOD devices ensure user sessions to browser-based apps are protected from keylogger and screen capturing malware. You can also restrict actions users can take, such as copying and downloading, based on location and device posture. Or simply add a watermark to web applications to keep sensitive information secure. All while supporting an engaging workspace experience.

1 McAfee 2 Security MagazineHelp Net Security
* Includes internal corporate web apps supported by SSO

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