There has been a significant increase in both working from home and allowing employees of an organization to use their own computers and mobile devices for work purposes. However, the big question is how to ensure the security of this process and prevent being another victim of a data breach?
VPN vs. virtual desktop
One of the popular options is the virtual private network (VPN) for extending corporate networks to remote users. An endpoint VPN or client VPN will allow a desktop or laptop to establish a secure connection to the corporate organization. A firewall is established as a VPN terminator or VPN concentrator to protect against unauthorized access and malicious users that may exploit or intercept a VPN connection.
However, VPN may offer some security benefits but a lot of issues are not addressed like the risks of a ransomware attack that can compromise the entire network. When a VPN endpoint is infected by ransomware, it can make a connection to the corporate network, a threat that can spread throughout the organization.
Meanwhile, virtual desktops can prevent data breaches because the focus is centralized management of data. An organization can comfortably allow work from home or the use of personal computers and mobile devices because data remains in the data centers. Employees with internet-connected devices can easily log-in to the corporate-issued virtual desktop to access work files, applications and intranets securely using the latest encryption protocols. Since data does not require downloading to their endpoint, large bandwidth connections are not required.
Another advantage of virtual desktop is the wide range of tools that can support end-users. If an employee is having problems with an application, a virtual desktop support team can open the portal and view the statics that are in question. The support team can also send a request to the end-user to view their screen and expedite troubleshooting.
All end-users will be running the same version of software to optimize virtual desktop support once there are threats. Devices, software, and accounts can be virtually locked to prevent any data loss or corruption. The support team will also be alerted when suspicious logins or spam emails occur.