Sensitive data breaches have been making headlines on a regular basis, business owners can lose sleep over the perils of keeping information secure. No organisation wants to find itself the latest media – or legal – target for failing to protect sensitive customer information.
Desktops as a service (hosted desktop) add an extra layer of security to internal systems that helps ease this strife. They help protect the edges of the network, where security is often lax. DaaS in the cloud also allows for a consistent set of security protocols across all manner of PC and mobile devices – including BYOD devices, regardless of operating system.
Separating Data and Device
Unlike VPNs or Software as a Service, DaaS is able to separate the security of a device from the data being accessed. That means that if an employee’s home computer has been compromised in some way, it will not affect the company network when that employee logins from the infected workstation. DaaS essentially creates a firebreak, inserting a barrier between the accessing device and the information the user is accessing.
Additionally, DaaS in the cloud prevents users from putting sensitive company information on their personal computers or mobile devices to prevent information from being leaked. All of the data accessed through the virtual desktop stays in its proper silo on the system and cannot be transferred to the device. Should a user’s smartphone or laptop get stolen, there will be no company data residing on the operating system.
Monitoring User Behavior
Even the most secure network can be thwarted when a well-meaning employee clicks the wrong link; or, a user is set on compromising the system. With DaaS, user behaviour can be monitored, and suspicious activity – intentional or not – can be instantly detected. The IT team is able to utilise centralised deployment to securely monitor desktop logs across complex, multi-location environments.
Accessing Only What a User Needs
With Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and other solutions, end users can essentially have the keys to the castle. In order to access applications remotely, they’re often granted access to every application and database, creating potentially costly and dangerous breaches in security. DaaS gives users the keys only to the data “rooms” that they need. They cannot backdoor their way to sensitive information, nor can they accidentally access databases that have nothing to do with their job functions.
Hackers never rest. So while there is no silver bullet for total information security, Desktops as a Service can provide companies with an added layer of protection that will allow mobile workers to access the information they need without compromising sensitive information.Share