Moving to the cloud is a cause of security concerns for some companies. They could be managing their cloud desktop as an outsource solution by third-party vendors, or as an on-premise virtual desktop technology by in-house teams. Either way, businesses that use the cloud to deploy their desktop environments from the cloud need to think about getting equipped with the necessary security features, which will keep them safe in the cloud space.
The multi-tenant model gives you better security
Hosting desktops from cloud servers in a multi-tenant model means that multiple companies worldwide are provided with a virtual desktop service from the same cloud infrastructure. The opposite is the single-tenant model, which requires only one cloud environment to deploy desktop workstations to a single company (single user).
Even though multi-tenant models are speculated to give you more compromised security than a single tenancy model, there is strong evidence that what we see in fact is the opposite. Cloud desktop solutions like DaaS (Desktop-as-a-Service) are made for existing on the cloud and they have exclusive security features which are powered by the internet and the connected environment. On the other hand, keeping your single-tenant deployment in-house makes you more susceptible to cyberattacks due to limited monitoring of your infrastructure, under the assumption that you are more protected in a non-shared environment.
Keeping your data isolated
Storing your data on cloud servers and deploying your desktop as a managed service by DaaS requires consistent security monitoring of the multi-tenant cloud infrastructure. This usually works by keeping the data of multiple tenants separate in many different directories, which are safe against hacker attacks, aiming at breaking into a single server directory, in most instances.
Better security comes with more advanced data encryption features. DaaS is known to give companies more confidence in their data protection because of the practices used with these solutions by most providers. we-IT is a responsible third-party cloud provider that encrypts all company data that is store on the cloud and deployed to your desktop applications. In order to make sure that you are using the best security approach with your solution, you may need to check in advance what specific policies do cloud providers have with encrypting the data of their cloud customers.
Multi-factor security authentication
This security feature is a common one that you can see with your outsourced cloud desktop solution. With multi-factor security authentication, you get better peace of mind that your desktop environment is safe to access. In other words, this security feature requires end-users to use two or more factors in order to gain access to their desktop workstation. One of them could be the password which each individual user holds, and the other one is the unique code that tokens generate on the spot with the end-user. This way, breaking into the desktop environment is far less likely, if your desktop environment is encrypted with more advanced security features.
What is the right security for your company?
The best security feature which you get with using cloud desktop solutions is the uniformity of monitoring the environment by designated IT staff with experience in the field. Having teams in-house or in the data centers of your cloud providers who monitor the performance of the tenants across all servers gives you a better chance of keeping your data in a safe place. If you were relying on traditional desktops with security application software and regular updates, patching, and maintenance by the IT team in-house, you are still putting your company data at greater risk. Using solutions like DaaS eliminates your worries of missing important servicing and software patching on each and every end-point device, as there are teams of specialists who are responsible only for monitoring and keeping your data safe at all times.
When deciding to move to the cloud, it is important to communicate your security concerns with your cloud provider well enough. This means that they can respond with different security features which can be integrated as part of your cloud solution by meeting your individual requirements. Keeping your data safe on the cloud is your main priority and finding the best approach requires good communication between the two parties. This is the only way you can make sure that your security concerns are resolved with a combination of approaches tailored right for your company.