Friday Notebook, Aug 2: Citrix announces microapp conference; VMware on Google Cloud

Also: Windows 10 security baselines; Banyan; Digita; ThinPrint; EUC at VMworld; and more.

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Kyle: Windows 10 security baselines finally go GA. Beleaguered Windows admins can rejoice; Microsoft released their security baseline solution to make it easier (maybe) to adopt Intune.

Jack: Banyan Security wants to help with your conditional access strategy. This third-party platform seeks to integrate with your IDaaS, UEM, PKI, and other security tools, providing access that can even be revoked in real time.

Kyle and Jack: Jamf acquires Digita Security for macOS endpoint protection. Jamf adds another Mac-focused product in their growing enterprise catalog.

Jack started an EUC fundamentals series over on SearchMobileComputing: Why EMM is the key to any enterprise mobility strategy. Now is the time to start incorporating EMM into enterprise mobility strategies. Here's why EMM is important and how organizations can take advantage of its benefits.

Industry news

VMware is coming to Google Cloud (blog post from Google) just a few months after coming to Azure, and after a few years of wild success on AWS. This is just a bit outside of our usual area of EUC coverage, but it is still interesting for much of our audience.

Citrix announced an invitation-only conference focused on microapp development for Citrix Workspace. It’s called Citrix Converge, and it will be in Santa Clara on October 2nd and 3rd. After Synergy, I was left wondering to what degree long-time Citrix partners and consultants that have largely focused on desktop virtualization would embrace all of the new workflow and microapp features. It’s great to see Citrix putting on this event; I’m curious to see what type of growth will come out of microapps overall.

ThinPrint announced a management console for ThinPrint Hub.

Other reads and notes

Kyle is heading to BlackHat next week. It’s the first time anyone from BrianMadden.com has been to the show, but Kyle has been covering a lot of security topics, so I (Jack) am super excited to see what tales and lessons he brings back from the show.

Mark your calendars for a couple of big EUC events at VMworld:

  • The EUC showcase will be at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday.
  • Brian Madden will once again host an EUC community beer and tech talk night, on Wednesday evening. I’ll be giving a short session on iOS 13 and User Enrollment.

Bas van Kaam blogged about a new community initiative called EUC-X. With hints of a possible event in the works, I say sign me up and best of luck!

Motherboard looks at “phone farmers,” who use phones to earn money through ad fraud. An interesting read overall, with some mobile security implications; also this quote stuck out: “One farmer said they do sometimes virtualize phones on their PC, but due to how resource intensive that can be on the computer, it works out as more cost effective to have a selection of cheap phones instead.

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