¬†Every organization’s data is its most valued asset in this digital age. When adapting to a new technological advancement, one always wants to ensure that their data will be safe. It is no different for Windows Virtual Desktop. When opting for Windows Virtual Desktop, one seeks to ensure that their data is secure.

Well, we can assure you that with Windows Virtual Desktop, all your data is secure. Spending over $1 billion on cybersecurity every year, Microsoft ensures that its users do not have to worry about their data safety.

They take several steps to ensure your data’s security. These steps include –

  • More than 3500 experts ensure that every user’s data stays secure on WVD, while encryption & other technological safeguards add to the data’s safety.
  • The user gets complete control over their data & can decide who can access or share it.
  • Enterprise-level cloud identity governance gives complete control for your data in your hands.
  • Microsoft’s vigilant team and an array of defense allow them to analyze and avoid nearly 6.5 threat signals daily.
  • Azure provides complete protection to your data from both present and emerging threats.
  • Microsoft Azure today has the most number of compliance certifications compared to any other cloud provider.

Shared Responsibilities

Being a managed virtual desktop service, Windows Virtual Desktop has multiple security capabilities. This is to ensure better safety for your organization’s data. As a user, you don’t have to manage all the services. Instead, Microsoft manages a portion of services for you. WVD has some advanced security features like Reverse Connect that help reduce the risk that comes with making remote desktops universally accessible.

Here’s a list of the services & their segregation regarding who manages them, the user, or Microsoft.

Source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/security-guide#:~:text=Windows%20Virtual%20Desktop%20is%20a,for%20keeping%20your%20organization%20safe.&text=The%20service%20has%20many%20built,remote%20desktops%20accessible%20from%20anywhere.

What should you do?

Now, we know all that Microsoft does to ensure the safety of your data. But that is not all. There are steps that you too need to take to ensure better security of your data. Since WVD is Azure’s service, you can maximize safety of its deployment by enhancing the safety of the surrounding Azure infrastructure.

Here are a few things you must consider to do that.

Enable Azure Security Center

To secure your data better, we suggest that you always enable Azure Security Center Standard for all your key vaults, storage accounts, virtual devices & subscriptions. It can help you manage vulnerabilities, assess compliance with a common framework, like PCI, and make the overall security of your environment stronger.

Improve your Secure Score

Your Secure Score is the measure of your device’s overall security. Windows Virtual Desktop provides you with recommendations and best practice advice to ensure your system’s safety. To help you pick the essential recommendations, they are prioritized. Along with this, the quick fix options help you to address potential vulnerabilities efficiently. To keep you up to date & maintain your environment’s security, these recommendations are updated from time to time.

Windows Virtual Desktop security best practices

The built-in security controls on windows virtual desktop keep your user-data safe.

Mandate multi-factor authentication

To improve the security of your entire deployment, you can ask for multi-factor authentication for all your users and admins in Windows Virtual Desktop.

Enable Conditional Access

Enabling conditional access secures your data and keeps it safe from prying eyes. You can manage risks before you grant users access to your WVD environment by enabling conditional access. We recommend you consider a couple of things before granting access to users like-

  • who the user is
  • how they sign in and
  • which device they’re using to access.

Enable Audit Logs

By enabling audit logs, you can view any admin & user activity related to your Windows Virtual Desktop. A few key audits to take into consideration are –

  • Azure Activity Log
  • Azure Active Directory Activity Log
  • Azure Active Directory
  • Session hosts
  • Windows Virtual Desktop Diagnostic Log and
  • Key Vault logs

Monitor usage with Azure Monitor

Azure Monitor allows you to analyze the usage of your Windows Virtual Desktop Service. In case of a service-impacting event, you can get notifications if your service health alerts for WVD are on.

Use RemoteApps

Remote apps allow users to launch virtual applications from servers that appear on their computer but are running on a remote server. These apps provide you a smooth user experience while working on the virtual desktop. They also reduce the risk by allowing users to access only a part of the system instead of all. When you choose a deployment model, you can either give the users access to selected applications or the entire virtual desktops at once.

Ensure the security of your Session host

Inside an Azure subscription and virtual network are virtual machines called session hosts. The overall security of your Windows Virtual Desktop deployment leans on the security controls on your session hosts. You can take care of its safety, using steps like –

  • Enabling endpoint protection on all your sessions hosts to protect your deployment from known malicious software.
  • Installing an endpoint detection and response product for advanced detection and response capabilities.
  • Enabling threat and vulnerability management assessments to identify software vulnerabilities in operating systems and applications.

By using Windows Virtual Desktop, your data is already very secured & you can enhance its safety by taking into account the above given steps. A little effort on your end goes a long way in keeping your Azure Infrastructure secure & way from the prying eyes.