How VDI can Help Organizations be More Secure

With the rampant rate of hacking, cybersecurity is one of the top concerns for most organizations. Even cloud storage platforms like Dropbox and Apple’s iCloud have been victims of cyber-attacks.

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is ultimately the best solution for modern organizations. Today, employees don’t just work from home. Some of them also bring their own device to the workplace. This opens up a lot of loopholes that could compromise the security of an organization. While companies can enforce strict security policies like ensuring employees do not use unsecured public WiFis and always have updated anti-virus and anti-malware app on their devices, there is a possibility that some employees will not adhere to these rules.

However, with VDI, you do not have to worry about these security gaps since everything is managed centrally at the data center. What’s more, VDI capable file sharing service providers like FileCloud has in-built security tools which ensure your documents and applications are 100 percent safe at all times.

How VDI boost security

1.There are no traces of activity on endpoint devices: One of the key features that make VDI highly secure is that nothing is stored on the device used to access the virtual desktop platform. When using VDI, your files and apps are all stored on the computer in the data center. This means, if you were to lose your device or if it gets stolen, you have very little to worry about. This feature of VDI takes away the threat that your company’s data may fall into the wrong hands if your employees are using a shared device or if they bring their own device to the workplace.

For example, if you are working at home and your device develops a fault, but you need to file an urgent report or sign some documents, you can easily borrow your spouse’s computer or even visit an internet cafe to get your work done without any security worries.

2. Encryption: Most VDI platforms provide encryption while files are in transit and storage. This guarantees that your files are always secure even if a hacker intercepts them during transfer. VDI encryption technology also ensures you are protected even if an employee in your organization chooses to use an unsecured WiFi. As a result, your employees can enjoy using public WiFi while at the coffee shop without jeopardizing sensitive documents. Even if the network is infected with malware, it is highly unlikely that it will filter into your virtual workspace.

3. Maintaining security is much easier: VDI can make the process of managing your organization’s security much easier. Usually, IT workers have to install antivirus and malware protection on each employee’s device and try (often without any success) to convince them to use only that device when accessing the company’s apps and documents. However, with VDI, the installation of security software happens only on the computer that is used to host the virtual desktop platform. This makes it a lot easier to manage and also reduces cost since you don’t need multiple licenses and your IT workers clock in less time on the job.

4. Data Security: Another security perk of using VDI is that it makes the process of backing up and restoring your data straightforward. Imagine there is a fire in an organization, the process of gathering the lost data would be tedious for IT workers. First, the data is stored on different devices. Also, there is no guarantee that each worker saved a backup of their files, so it is a hit-or-miss situation. With VDI, it is an entirely different story because the process of backing up files happens at the data center. This means you can always restore lost files.

How FileCloud keeps your files secure

The following are some of the ways that FileCloud keeps your data and apps protected.

A. Encryption: FileCloud also encrypts your files – while at rest and during transmission. At rest, your files are protected with AES 256-bit encryption. In transit, files are encrypted with SSL/TLS. This guarantees complete protection of your data at all times.

B. Ransomware Protection: The FileCloud VDI ecosystem comes with ransomware protection. Each file uploaded to your virtual desktop is scanned for ransomware. If any malicious software is found in the data, it is blocked before it can launch and compromise your system.

C. Anti-Virus: FileCloud does not only provide ransomware protection, but also antivirus protection. You can integrate your antivirus software into the VDI platform. All files are automatically scanned before they are uploaded to your virtual desktop. FileCloud supports Internet Content Adaption Protocol (ICAP) antivirus scanning.

D. Two-Factor Identification: Two-factor identification adds another layer of security when you are signing in to FileCloud using email or Google Authenticator. The extra security protocol ensures that no unauthorized person can gain access to the files and apps on your virtual desktop.

E. Single Sign-On (SSO): FileCloud also supports SSO. This does not only improve user experience but also strengthens the security of your virtual desktop. SSO reduces the chances that your login credentials can be compromised. Also, since you need just one login identity, you do not have to juggle your memory to remember different usernames and passwords or downgrade the complexity of your user ID to make it easily memorable.

F. Backup: FileCloud allows you to backup and restore files regardless of the type of device you are using. This means you never have to lose any file again. You can even recover files that are deleted accidentally.

G. Remote Delete: In the unlikely circumstance that an employee loses his/her computer while it is still signed into your virtual desktop platform, FileCloud allows you to wipe files or block access remotely. This means all the worker has to do is report the device stolen and request that access is blocked.

Conclusion

If you are still wondering how to solve your organization’s security issues, the apparent answer is VDI file sharing solution, FileCloud. This technology revolutionizes the working environment and makes many of our current security concerns a thing of the past. What’s more, it also has the potential to boost productivity and allow organizations to cut cost.

Author : Rahul Sharma