Ensuring the security of mobile apps ranks at or near the top of any IT department's master list of Things to Worry About. To address this worry, Citrix launches Worx App Gallery to provide enterprise-ready mobile apps that are verified for security and policy, and managed through Citrix XenMobile.
The Gallery, first announced as a preview in May, currently contains over 100 Worx-enabled apps for either iOS or Android devices. IT administrators select the apps they want from the Gallery, and then deploy them to their employees via their own company app store. XenMobile is Citrix’ enterprise mobility management solution.
Mobile Application Management Made Easy
The company said that typical mobile application management (MAM) solutions require such steps as executing contracts with an app developer, receiving the binaries, applying the security wrapper, verification and deployment, with the process often repeated when there are updates. Instead of these cycles, Citrix said its Gallery manages this whole process and offers end-to-end support.
The Gallery currently include apps from third party independent software vendors (ISVs), as well as such Citrix apps as WorxMail for e-mail, calendar and contacts, WorxWeb for web browsing, ShareFile for document sharing, the remote computer support service GoToAssist, and the collaborative work platform Podio.
The company said that Worx apps run in encrypted containers that perform such actions as blocking users from accessing corporate data over an unsecured Wi-Fi network. Up to five dozen granular policy components can be enabled according to a company's wishes.
Dormant Security Code
Chandra Sekar, Citrix’ Director of Product Marketing for XenMobile, told CMSWire that ISVs can insert a single line of code into a HTML 5 or native app that lives in the Google Play store or Apple's App Store. When downloaded from the Worx App Gallery, the app is retrieved on-the-fly from Apple or Google. "The security code is dormant," he said, "until it is brought into the Citrix managed environment." Sekar added that this ecosystem allows apps to be updated without the need for security and policy wrapping to be repeated.
An App SDK allows developers to “Worx” their mobile apps, providing such security functions as data encryption, password authentication, secure lock and wipe, inter-app policies and micro VPNs.
The Worx App Gallery mirrors the company’s efforts with its Podio collaborative work platform and app marketplace, which offers a self-managed social ecosystem for project management-related apps. Both Podio, which Citrix acquired in April of last year, and the Worx App Gallery represent Citrix’ attempt to offer dynamic platforms that simplify the lives of employees and IT departments, based around its technologies.