David McCandless, a London-based author has been creating a visualization of information regarding data breaches. Check out the size and scope of data breaches over the years on his site here: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/worlds-biggest-data-breaches-hacks/
Now, you might not be Target or Eddie Bauer or Citibank, but that doesn't matter. Breaches ha
ppen every day at companies of all sizes. All the way back in May 2008, thieves hacked into the wireless network of a Portsmouth, R.I. coffee shop and began stealing credit and debit card numbers from customers’ computers. When the theft was finally discovered four months later, thieves had run up more than $50,000 in unauthorized credit card charges from about 50 customer accounts.
But while most of us look outside, there is also danger inside our own organizations. Like many thefts, data breaches are often from the inside. Back in 2009, a former employee of a Denver hospital admitted to stealing as many as 20 patient records a week for a year and a half, using them for fake driver’s licenses and counterfeit Social Security cards.
While VDI doesn't stop bad things from happening, it can help you gain greater control and monitoring of what's happening to your data and can be one layer of protection to protect you and your business.
What security features exist for a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?
- You can limit what each person accesses in the company, making sure they don't get information they shouldn't have
- You can lock down data from being downloaded and even printed with some VDI options, making sure employees can't take data when they leave, or share with others
- Using VDI instead of VPN technology is more secure; with VPN technology, if the end point becomes infected, such as via home web surfing on a shared computer or over a public Wi-Fi, you are exposing the corporate LAN to whatever is executing on the client device. This does not happen with VDI. To learn more about client devices, read our More Free Wi-Fi blog post
- You can deploy data center level governance at the desktop level and deploy a freshly scanned desktop each time the user logs in
- Patches can be installed quicker in the case of loss or breach
- Data at rest, or sitting on the server is less vulnerable with VDI. This is extremely important to many organizations doing business internationally. VDI allows users to have access but the source code stays in the country, and with today's political climate, this has a lot of benefits
This is not an all-inclusive list; there are many more security features and benefits available for VDI. It is important to note that VDI isn't a stand-alone or ultimate solution to protect your data, but it helps. As Scott Davis, alumnus of VMWare once said, "you don't leave your house unlocked because certain burglary tools can compromise it."
Now, just because you can doesn't mean you should. You can lock down an amazing amount of functionality to improve security, but that can also hamper the users' ability to do their jobs and decrease satisfaction in the process.
If you are interested in learning more, we are here to help you along with investigating what solutions are right for you to meet your objectives. Contact the VDI experts at UltraLevel to learn more - VDIExpert@UltraLevel.com.