Virtual desktop security guide

Last updated:June 2015

Editor's note

With the variety of endpoints in corporate environments today, security is more important than ever. Users are also becoming increasingly independent, making it difficult for IT to manage passwords, application settings and network access.

Virtual desktop infrastructure can make your desktops either more secure or less so. Storing data on VDI servers in the data center is more secure than storing it locally on the user's endpoint, and administrators have greater control over desktop and app distribution. At the same time, allowing users to access virtual desktops remotely puts your network at risk.

To deal with those extra vulnerabilities, you need solid virtual desktop security measures. Learn how to protect the network, implement single sign-on, secure backup files and more in this guide.

1VDI security challenges

Hold your horses: VDI isn't always a golden ticket to desktop security. Virtualization can also present a new layer of vulnerability.

2Virtual desktop security measures

Now that you know how VDI can affect desktop security, check out these methods for securing virtual desktops.