The Rise Of The Virtual Desktop For Remote Working

During the pandemic, how and where we work has undergone a sea-change. Many companies had to pivot to remote working, and a process that would normally have taken months to plan began almost overnight. As you will probably be aware, this has raised questions about the performance and security of IT infrastructure.

The latest figures from the Cyber Security Breaches Survey show that 39% of businesses reported security issues or attacks in the previous year, yet fewer are undertaking any form of user monitoring (32% compared to 38% last year).

The impact of a cyber security breach on a business can be devastating financially, and result in loss of customer trust. Therefore, safe remote or hybrid working practices are now essential to any forward-thinking business.

The National Cyber Security Centre recommends the use of a remote virtual desktop for businesses, to ensure the most up to date and effective security standards. This allows an employee working remotely access to the company files and programs via the cloud, eliminating the need to transfer and store data on unsecured personal devices.

There are a number of providers that offer the services, including the big players you would expect, such as Amazon, Windows, and Zoom. Which system you choose will probably depend on the size of your company, and what existing operating systems you have.

When selecting a virtual desktop, look for security features such as multi-factor authentication for secure sign-in, role-based access control, and built-in intelligent security which will proactively detect threats and take remedial action.

Companies such as Windows were already rolling out this kind of technology to bigger organisations before the pandemic hit, and they have acted quickly to adapt it for smaller businesses. This means that you will find the set-up process is quick and user friendly, and learning how to use the management portals takes just a few minutes.

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