Head to head: Starlink and GBM

IT experts Starlink Middle East and GBM go head-to-head on virtual desktop security.

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By  Georgina Enzer Published  August 12, 2013

IT experts Starlink Middle East and GBM go head-to-head on virtual desktop security.

Avinash Advani, director - Business Strategy at Starlink Middle East

Is virtual desktop infrastructure more or less secure than traditional desktop solutions?
Since data is centralised, it needs to have stronger protection. There is now a higher risk of data being compromised in a breach. VDI requires access via a remote access protocol. Security requirements need to be addressed from integrity and availability and the implementation must be multilayered.

What are the security benefits of thin client/zero client computing?
Thin client computing is more secure, since the applications and the computing power are held in the data centre, which has strict rules for change control and application installation and revision. With no disk access to install applications, transfer data, or introduce malware, thin clients are perfect for many businesses.

How do you best protect the server when the company is using desktop virtualisation?
The security plan must be built in a manner which reduces the attack surface at multiple points. With the de-perimiterisation becoming more prevalent in the desktop virtualisation environment, industry best practices like defence in depth should be implemented to create a layered security environment.

Tamer Samir, sales manager, virtualisation, GBM Technology Services
Is virtual desktop infrastructure more or less secure than traditional desktop solutions?
VDI architecture makes it possible to have zero clients, with no data stored on end-point devices. If a device is lost or stolen, there is no risk of data loss. VDI solutions are ideal for remote offices, or for delivering services to off-shore organisations. They are also perfect for organisations looking to outsource.

What are the security benefits of thin client/zero client computing?

Zero client data is not stored on end-point devices. Therefore, it provides physical security in case of hardware theft — critical corporate data will not fall into the wrong hands. Thin clients often lack ports for attaching external media or USB memory sticks, effectively eliminating the possibility of data theft.

How do you best protect the server when the company is using desktop virtualisation?
Protection measures can be implemented at multiple levels for example at the hypervisor level, there must be security and hardening, IT managers must load the latest security updates and must keeping the hypervisor management network separate from the Virtual Machine data network.

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