Gartner Research

Know the Security Implications of Adopting Hosted Virtual Desktops

Published: 08 April 2013

ID: G00249106

Analyst(s): Mark Margevicius , Neil MacDonald , Nathan Hill


Infrastructure leaders can shift to an HVD model to improve the security of desktop environments and enable access from unmanaged systems. To avoid security issues and gaps, IT system security stakeholders should know the pros, cons and pitfalls of this approach.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Properly implemented HVDs can increase security, and help organizations and infrastructure leaders meet compliance standards
  • The HVD architecture is complex, and infrastructure and security stakeholders must consider multiple facets, such as access devices, remote connections and VM security, to avoid problems and gaps
    • Access Devices
    • Network Perimeter Security and Remote Access
    • Virtualization Platforms and VMs
  • Emerging HVD security solutions promise enterprises and users more efficient and secure platforms tailored for the architecture's needs
    • Data Security
    • Securing the VM and Applications

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