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November 2011

VDI security supports active protection strategies

Organizations are embracing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with the expectation of persistent security enhancements and reduced desktop operating costs across the enterprise. This strong coupling between desktop security and IT operations  backs up the thinking among early VDI adopters that centrally controlled desktop configurations are more resistant to malware and keeping regulated data off of distributed physical desktops reduces the business risk of a data loss incident. However, realizing these security benefits requires more than simply recreating traditional security in a virtual world; it requires a practical approach to inevitable breaches of desktop security. While defense-in-depth prevention is still critically important to the business, a VDI security-based approach favors active strategies for continuous malware resistance and compliance, data protection and incident response. These approaches are based on the following desktop security observations: It is inevitable that desktops will be breached in the ...

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