Solutions and Best Practices to Improve VDI Security

Enterprises that embrace virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs) expect to reap various security benefits such as centralized management over installed applications and desktops and improved patch-management processes. However, even with these benefits, there are valid VDI security concerns that organizations must address.

An insecure endpoint, compromised desktop session or stolen password can easily expose the organization to multiple threats such as malware, ransomware or network sniffing. Learn more about how VDI can enhance security, and discover best practices for achieving VDI security.

Security Benefits of Using VDI

VDI allows IT administrators to distribute virtualized applications and desktops to different endpoints in an organization. This is advantageous to the organization when it comes to security because:

Common Security Risks with VDI

There is no doubt that VDI enables a more adaptive and flexible approach to security than traditional PC infrastructures. However, VDI is not a panacea for all the enterprise security aspects because of various risks such as:

Practical Tools for Securing VDI Deployments

Unlike traditional IT infrastructures, VDI deployments have unique security concerns. IT administrators can secure VDI deployments with an integrated management approach, real-time monitoring, vulnerability scanning, and data-theft prevention.

Integrated management approach

IT administrators must keep up with the fast-paced IT environments by dynamically allocating resources such as compute, networking and storage to endpoints as demand arises. However, keeping track of these resource allocation mechanisms can be challenging. An integrated virtualization platform can not only simplify but also accelerate the provisioning of resources in such environments.

Real-time monitoring

Real-time monitoring of resources allows IT administrators to detect abnormal and sudden changes in VDI deployments. They can then take quick actions to maintain the integrity of virtual applications and desktops. It also helps the enterprise to demonstrate compliance with standards such as General Data Protection Regulations (GDPRs) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Vulnerability scanning

Vulnerabilities can happen in any part of the VDI deployment and at any time. Vulnerability scanning provides automatic detection and classification of the system’s weaknesses. It can also predict how effective the countermeasures are if the VDI deployment is under attack or threat.

Data-theft prevention

Data is an essential component of an enterprise in today’s digital age. As such, organizations should always protect it with all the necessary means. This involves encrypting VMs, virtual disk (vdisk) files and core dump files.

Best Practices for Securing VDI

To maximize the security of your VDI deployment, IT administrators must adhere to the following best practices:

Simplify VDI Management without Compromising Security through Parallels RAS

For all its promises of end-user flexibility and management efficiency, VDI will not make your digital environment more secure all by itself. In fact, without a well-grounded and proactive VDI solution, you can expose your organization to multiple security challenges. Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is an enterprise-class, secure VDI solution that delivers all the IT benefits of desktop virtualization.

With Parallels RAS, IT administrators can easily configure and maintain the entire VDI infrastructure from a single console, automating features such as publishing resources, managing connected endpoints and defining security policies. Parallels RAS also provides additional VDI benefits, with features such as:

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