by Analytics Insight
July 30, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in many ways, one of which is forcing companies to find different ways of operating with their employees working remotely. However, companies have found a way to improve the resiliency of operations, increase employee productivity, and reduce the impact of the pandemic on their businesses by adopting virtual desktop environments.
VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) allows employees to remotely access virtual desktops using any device of their choice. This has made working from home easy for businesses.
However, having employees work from home opens up more possibilities for hackers to try to gain access to a company’s systems. Even though virtual office environments are more secure than stand-alone offices, companies need to be very careful about security and ensure that they have effective security measures in place to protect themselves. They can do it by;
Different companies process different types of sensitive information such as medical and financial data. It is therefore important for them to make sure that they have encrypted the data to prevent unauthorized access.
Also, while transferring data, they should ensure that their services have used end-to-end encryption which helps prevent interception by third parties.
Securing all platforms
A virtual office infrastructure can run multiple operating systems such as Windows, macOS, and Linux at the same time. To ensure that the infrastructure is secure, companies should implement a security strategy that works with all platforms installed on the VDI. When choosing a security strategy, they should also make sure that they choose one that aligns with their business model.
Use consistent security approaches
It is important to note that virtual desktop environments present many points of exploitation by attackers. Some companies think they have adequate security after securing file servers, drives, and workstations. However, this is not the case.
Companies must also secure the various terminals used by their partners and employees to access the virtual office environment. With this, they will have eliminated all potential loopholes that could be exploited by attackers.
Installing Antivirus Software
Virtual desktop environments have a number of security benefits, leaving some businesses with the impression that they don’t need the services of antivirus software. It is true that with a virtual desktop infrastructure, companies can control the spread of a virus but cannot prevent the infection itself.
Companies should therefore install anti-virus software that has been developed to work with virtual desktop environments to ensure that they are secure. There has been an increase in reports of ransomware groups attacking virtual machines and businesses need to be careful.
Implementing the use of thin clients
Not all users accessing the virtual desktop environment in an enterprise understand the different security policies that they must observe. Sometimes, they can create vulnerabilities that are used by attackers to access VDI without even knowing it, or even install applications that might not be secure.
However, you can control each user’s privileges, the access they have, and the settings they can change. Using thin clients ensures that devices connected to the VDI cannot permanently change settings and cannot install unsecured applications.
Migrating to virtual desktop environments can mean that some, if not all, of a company’s employees are working with such an infrastructure for the first time in their lives. Instead of having them learn on their own what to do or how to start working, it is recommended to make sure that they are given a e-learning.
During the training, make sure that an entire section on security is reserved and that sufficient time is taken to train them on the various security measures they must observe when accessing the VDI.
Some companies may lack the resources to employ experienced security personnel. Additionally, there are many regulations that businesses need to understand and align with their virtual office environments. To ensure that they have the right security measures in place and that they comply with the required regulations, they should consult with security experts who can help them with any issues.
Finally, it is important to always ensure that your firewalls are up to date in accordance with your business requirements. While virtual desktop environments have made it easier for businesses and reduced operating costs, they pose a security concern that, if left unaddressed, can have serious consequences.
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