Written by Van Hoornick Frederiek, Specialist End User Computing, VMware
This week I read an article in the Standard with the headline: Hackers hijack servers via logging in to home workers
This is a very interesting article in times of social unrest in which breaches of this nature sometimes do occur. The government encourages companies, where possible, to be flexible when it comes to working from home and there are more and more organisations that allow them to work from home. But does this happen with the right thought about safety?
‘If it is not necessary for the operation of the company, the ability to log in remotely via that function for Windows should always be disabled’
The message in this article comes rather hard at odds with the trend in which companies encourage employees to work at home. A message like this may cause companies to think twice before allowing them to work from home. But this is not necessary at all. Companies can give users the same user experience at home as in the office and still perfectly take into account the security of company information.
VMware has been offering companies End-User Computing (EUC) solutions for more than 10 years. In 2008 there was VMware Virtual Desktop Manager, which later switched to View and then to Horizon. Over the past ten years, technology has improved enormously and VMware can help companies deliver a digital workplace with Workspace ONE.
This digital workplace consists of 4 crucial pillars where user experience and safety are central.
- Identity and access control
- Desktop & Application Management
- Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)
Identity and access control
This gives users an overview of all their applications. SaaS applications, traditional applications, published applications, VDI, mobile applications are offered in the right context on any device. Underlying Workspace ONE takes into account the correct security aspects such as single-sign-on, conditional access and multi-factor authentication.
Desktop & Application Management
To gain access to traditional applications, many organisations use technology such as remote desktop, published applications, and virtual desktops. A combination of the VMware technologies Horizon and NSX offers the possibility of applying so-called micro-segmentation in the field of virtual desktops and even on published application sessions. This gives the user the ease of use and security of the local network and they can consult these applications everywhere.
Unified Endpoint Management
Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) gives organisations the power to manage any device (Windows, Android, IOS, Mac OS, Chrome OS, etc) before it gets access to business applications,
so the organisation is sure that there are no issues.
The Workspace ONE Intelligence service offers new insights and application analysis throughout the entire digital workplace. Based on those insights, it can offer powerful automation that increases the user experience, optimally uses resources and ultimately enhances security and compliance throughout the environment.
Some of the biggest benefits:
- Reduce complexity and increase safety without compromising the user experience
- Quickly resolve issues that impact user experience
- A simple solution for monitoring device and application usage and thus optimising resources.
- Automatically detect and resolve vulnerabilities
Like no other, VMware can offer a solution to organisations that encourage its employees to work at home and want to give them access to company data in a user-friendly and secure manner. Users get access to a simple catalogue with all their applications that takes into account the safety standards that a company needs.