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Staying Safe: Five Ways to Ensure a Secure Virtual Desktop

In recent years, businesses have increasingly adopted Cloud technologies to streamline their operations and bolster their success. Increasing flexibility and collaboration, and improving productivity and profitability, Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is one of the most popular solutions on the market.

However, the modern working world is also plagued with cyberattacks and malicious malware, ready to strike at any given opportunity. So, you need to protect your data and resources and put security at the forefront of your operations. However, knowing how to do this isn’t always straightforward. So, we’ve outlined five simple methods to help you get started in ensuring your virtual desktop environment is protected.

 

What is Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop?

AVD is a Cloud-enabled desktop and application virtualisation service operating in the Azure Cloud. Providing employees with continuous remote access to essential business resources from any compatible device, AVD is a crucial tool for the hybrid workforce.

As AVD holds all your business’ sensitive data and resources, you need to ensure your Virtual Desktop Environment (VDE) is secure. If left unprotected, your business infrastructure and data could be venerable to a whole host of threats and attackers; snowballing into a multitude of financial, legal and reputational consequences for your business. So, you need to partner with an MSP, such as BITS, who will ensure your VDE has the maximum level of security. At BITS, we’ll not only setup your AVD, but we’ll also provide further after-care support and management – ensuring you receive the support you need, every step of the way.

 

How to Secure Your Virtual Desktop Environment

Deploying VDE security controls will significantly enhance your virtual desktop security posture. Below, we’ve outlined a series of methods to help:

 

Secure Your Data

The bottom line of any business requirement is securing data. If not, the consequences could be detrimental. With AVD, you can encrypt your remote workforce devices with managed disk encryption options. This will protect all stored data from unauthorised access and grant your employees the flexibility to work remotely with the knowledge all work and information are protected. Additionally, Backup Solutions guarantee a near-complete Windows 10 environment in case your regular systems are compromised.

 

Secure Your Network

In addition to securing your data, maximum network isolation is also recommended. Microsoft AVD offers many ways to limit traffic travelling through your network, such as Azure Firewall, Network Virtual Appliances, or proxies. With AVD’s “reverse connect” protocol, inbound traffic is automatically blocked, and no inbound firewalls need to be opened.

 

Secure Users’ Identity

With Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), you can strengthen the security of your entire deployment via additional layers of next-level, remote protection. As AVD is exposed to the public Internet, MFA protects user logins even if personal information has been leaked or stolen. When you partner with BITS, we’ll roll out MFA across your business as part of our IT Security management.

 

Narrow the Surface Area

Narrowing the surface area of your VDE reduces the amount of Windows environment exposed to threats – a simple, yet highly efficient method to bolster your security. This can be achieved via lock screens on users’ idle sessions which saves costs and reduces risk.

 

Monitor and Audit

To build up your VDE’s security, it is recommended you monitor and audit your AVD infrastructure. One way of carrying this out is via Azure Security Center. This is a security monitoring solution providing threat detection, patch management, security notifications and Advanced Threat Protection. Used to safeguard your subscriptions, virtual machines, key vaults and storage accounts, it will monitor, audit and managing your security by detecting any issues in Operations of the Infrastructure. At BITS, we offer Ransomware Audits to narrow down the potential avenues of attack.

 

How BITS Can Help with Microsoft

Azure Virtual Desktop At BITS, we have over 50 years combined experience helping businesses like yours to discover transformative new ways of working and connect with their clients. We pride ourselves in the industry-leading specialist knowledge we give to our clients in the delivery of Microsoft Azure Solutions.

To find out more about securing your Azure Virtual Desktop environment, get in contact with one of our experts at BITS, today.