Interview With Chris Mayers – Citrix

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PIA recently sat down with Chris Mayers, Senior Principal Security Engineer at Citrix and asked him about his company’s Virtual Apps and Desktops offering.

Private Internet Access: What do you love about working in cybersecurity?

Chris Mayers: It’s a workout for the brain. Every day is different, and there’s a huge span of issues: from the technical detail of cryptography at one end, to business strategy at the other. And quite often, you’re dealing with both in the same day: macOS security configuration in the morning, and business risk analysis in the afternoon.

PIA: What does your company do?

CM: Citrix is all about powering better, more secure ways to work. We deliver solutions that allow people to work anywhere, any time on any device or network. Citrix Workspace, our digital workspace platform, includes products that cover DaaS and VDI, app delivery and security, networking and content collaboration and work management. We’re best known for our Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops offering, which enterprises use to provide secure access to everything employees need to get work done, wherever it needs to get done.

PIA: Why do individuals and companies need a good VPN?

CM: Business needs secure communications technology to operate – particularly in today’s world of remote work. VPNs can be a vital tool for securely accessing internal resources. But they need to be chosen wisely and carefully configured for use in risky environments such as hotels and cafes that employees are returning to.

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