Securing Cloud Desktops Using Google Cloud

Written by Priya George

Content Writer

Since the advent of the pandemic, remote workspaces have gained massive traction with both individuals and organizations, and this is a trend that is unlikely to fade soon. For instance, a study by McKinsey in 2021 found that 52% of the surveyed employees would prefer a hybrid-virtual workplace post-Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, organizations benefit from this model due to easy talent acquisition, lower costs, and improved performance. As a result, the virtual/cloud desktop is the crucial technology that businesses rely on to ensure the smooth functioning of WFH culture.

Virtual Desktops vs. Cloud Desktops

When it comes to the virtual desktop vs. cloud desktop debate, the main differentiator is from where the assets are deployed. The traditional virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), which started in the '90s, involved creating an on-premises solution stack built and operated by IT teams. The main problem with such models was the reliance on on-prem resources, which shoot up costs and security concerns, constant monitoring of user experience, and the difficulty in architecting this solution. However, with cloud desktops, virtual desktops and applications are hosted on cloud-based resources, which eases infrastructure management concerns and easily achieves performance, economy, and scalability goals.

Accessing Cloud Desktops with Google Cloud

When it comes to providing end-user computing services for creating cloud desktops (cloud VDI), businesses can rely on Amazon Workspaces and Azure Virtual Desktop. With Google Cloud, one gets to choose across several options since Google has partnered with several virtual desktop partners. Based on the organization's requirements, one can pick across a range of premium vendors, including Citrix, itopia, Nutanix Frame, Workspot, and VMWare. For instance, customers of Citrix, which is 98% of the Fortune 500 companies across more than 100 countries, can get the best of Google Cloud since Citrix runs on Google Cloud infrastructure. In addition, they get to utilize Chrome OS and Chromebooks and, most importantly, collaborate on Google Workspaces.

These partnerships encourage more open and flexible approaches towards developing a virtual desktop plan on cloud platforms. Companies can utilize VMWare Horizon 7 for its ease in managing multi-cloud, hybrid cloud assets. With the addition of Google Cloud VMWare Engine, they can natively run Horizon 7, which can help them run Windows applications and services with ease. These partnerships allow companies that have already subscribed to these long-time vendors to access Google Cloud resources.

There are three key benefits of virtual desktops on Google Cloud:

  • Security: End-to-end encryption even while streaming

  • Flexibility: Find the ideal virtual desktop via the best-fit method

  • Progressive: Easy migration path for applications to be cloud-native

Securing Cloud Desktops from Ransomware

Half of all ransomware attacks that have ever occurred have taken place in 2021. Given this fact, anxiety over future cyberattacks is apt. As a result, businesses are on the hunt to find the right cybersecurity solutions to protect themselves. In addition, the fact that cloud desktops are set up away from on-prem data centres is a severe cause for concern for companies. However, Google Cloud is aware of increased ransomware attacks looming on the horizon, and they have taken appropriate measures.

  • End-to-end data encryption: One of the most significant steps that Google Cloud takes concerning cybersecurity is encrypting data regardless of whether it is at rest or in transit. This is achieved by encrypting the hardware layer right up to the application layer.
  • Chrome OS: With Chrome OS being a cloud-first platform, there is a limited amount of data vulnerable to a ransomware attack, and there is an easy recovery of files. Blocking of malicious executable files, automatic updates, automatic reboot to the previous OS if tampered with are the features that protect cloud desktops from attacks.
  • BeyondCorp Alliance: By assembling with a group of partners, including Checkpoint, PaloAlto, and Tanium, among others, Google Cloud was able to democratize Zero Trust technology to extend across capabilities like gateways, device management, and endpoint security. By subscribing to BeyondCorp Alliance, organizations can enforce Zero trust technology across devices.

What can Royal Cyber do to Secure Cloud desktops?

Cloud desktops offer the advantage of providing the underlying infrastructure such as computing, networking, and storage; however, the capabilities and cost differ across cloud service providers. Therefore, companies will still need to pick the cloud desktop use case to meet their business needs. This is where we can play a role as Google Cloud partners. Our Google-certified experts can help organizations pick the ideal cloud PC strategy that meets business needs cost-effectively with expertise in cloud-managed services and business understanding.

In addition, when it comes to your company's ideal cloud desktop strategy, experts recommend a "multi-cloud" cloud PC solution. And Google Cloud has the perfect platform for all things multi-cloud and hybrid cloud: Google Anthos. With our managed services and migration consulting expertise, we have the people to guide businesses on their path towards adopting hybrid virtual workspaces. Furthermore, in collaboration with organizations, our team can develop and support the perfect cloud desktop solution that leverages the elasticity of each cloud provider.

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