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ISACA issues guidance on virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI)

Today’s mobile device users are demanding to access data from anywhere at any time. In fact, according to an annual ISACA survey on BYOD security, the use of mobile applications has nearly tripled since last year’s survey, and two-thirds of employees aged 18 to 34 have a personal device they use for work purposes. Meanwhile, businesses are trying to reduce costs and simplify desktop management. Virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) allows users to access applications and data securely from remote locations with minimal risk of data loss, while simplifying desktop management within the traditional boundaries of the enterprise.

To help enterprises realise the benefits of VDI adoption and understand the security concerns associated with it, global nonprofit IT association ISACA has issued a white paper entitled Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), which is available as a free download. The paper spells out how to develop strategies to mitigate VDI threats and names enablers that can help with its adoption.

VDI offers a cost-efficient method to prevent lost or stolen data by storing data on a centralized server rather than the device itself. In addition to cost reduction, the business benefits identified in the white paper include:

  • Increased security
  • Connectivity
  • Enhanced compliance capabilities
  • Efficient deployment
  • Simplified administration
  • Extended life of desktops
  • Consolidated backup and data protection.

ISACA’s VDI white paper is available as a free download at www.isaca.org/vdi

•Date: 25th May 2012 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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