In May of this year 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will enter into force, which will be mandatory in all countries of the European Union. This new regulation will affect all companies, located in Europe or doing business in the EU, that handle personal information of any kind. Failure to comply with these regulations will be penalized with fines reaching up to 20 million euros.
Before the imminent entry into force of this regulation, companies, and organizations of all kinds, including public administration, must be updated, and ensure that they have full control over the places where they store their critical data and that this information is permanently secure.
To meet the new legislative requirements, many public sector organizations are being forced to transform IT processes and work places, at a time when cuts in public budgets are the order of the day.
The virtualization of desktops and applications is becoming a great ally in these cases since, in addition to providing flexibility to workers who can access their work tools 24x7 from anywhere and through any device, and simplify the work and increase IT productivity, it helps keep sensitive information secure with very contained expenses.
With the VDI model, the data is stored centrally in a server instead of being distributed in the equipment used by workers, making it much easier to secure and be accessed with control. According to an IDC study, 70% of data vulnerabilities originate in the user's workplace, so using virtual desktops would eliminate much of the risk of data being compromised.
On the other hand, in the case of an audit, it is much easier to demonstrate that the current regulations are being complied with. Of course, you always have to make sure that an adequate security policy is applied and is strong enough so that the server or servers where the data is stored are secured against possible attacks.
The efficient protection of sensitive data, together with the reduction of deployment, maintenance, and administration costs, makes desktop virtualization the best ally to start the transformation of the workplace and ensure the compliance with the new European legislation for data protection.
Source: Byte Magazine