Virtual Desktops and Security

By Holly Gilbert (Print Edition)

Companies must meet the technological demands of telecommuting workers and those taking advantage of “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies while still finding ways to secure corporate data. One option is a virtualized infrastructure for telecommuters—one in which their entire work desktop environment is offered to them remotely.

In essence, a virtual desktop environment separates the applications associated with a computer’s operating system from the physical device itself, allowing the components of that operating system to be accessed on any device with an Internet connection, such as a tablet, thin client, or smartphone. Rather than data being stored on the device, it resides in a cloud computing environment, such as the company’s data center or a public cloud.

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