Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or VDI, is a technology that presents desktops or individually entitled applications from a central management server to remote users’ browser-enabled devices over the Internet, so that people have secure access to corporate data on individual’s own devices – enabling Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD). Virtualization technologies of VMware, Citrix and Microsoft are the leading solutions in this space.
VDI comes with advantages of virtualizations - flexibility, productivity, ease of use and the ability to support multiple platforms. It, to certain extent ensures security, end-user privacy, monitoring (knowing who is accessing what and from where) and auditing of virtualized resources (desktops and applications). But what happens to file security of corporate data being used by end-users on these virtualized resources. Is it protected from security risks and data loss events? Without a file security mechanism in place, people would still adopt the traditional means (like email and FTP) for sharing the most important corporate asset – files. Also, the use of consumer services like Dropbox cannot be ruled out as your end-users may be running what is called shadow-IT. Hence, though you think that the environment is protected, there are communication channels that may pose serious risks to corporate data.