I’ve been saying hosted virtual hosted desktops (HVD) can increase security to peers for a while now. About the only thing I would add is that there needs to be some automatic “snap-back” to a known good state at the end of the day. That way at least any workstation infestations would only last at most one day. This snap-back would also force employees to use file servers rather than their desktop making it easier for companies to ensure backups of critical data.
HVDs still seem fairly immature at this point though and often result in poor user experiences due to insufficient support infrastructure. One option might be to implement the snap-back feature at the physical workstation level using products like Faronics Deep Freeze.
via Help Net Security
One of the most commonly cited motivations for implementing hosted virtual desktops (HVDs) is to increase the security of end-user computing, according to Gartner.
Properly implemented HVDs can increase security, and help organizations and infrastructure leaders meet compliance requirements. However, before assuming HVD is the right answer to all security and compliance concerns, security professionals need to consider the alternatives available.
“Having the organization’s data spread across hundreds or thousands of devices, many of which leave the physical security of office locations, presents a significant risk of data loss,” said Neil MacDonald, vice president and Gartner Fellow.
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