The responsibility of organizations to protect their company data and especially internal proprietary information has increased dramatically in the digital era of cyberattacks and possible data breaches. Enterprises can suffer large monetary losses over extended periods of time in an event of a hacker attack and loss of confidentiality. This can have a lot of knock-on effects on the reputation of the company and their relationships with future clients.

We have already talked about some of the best data security practices by DaaS providers which can be utilized to ensure your data is being monitored and safeguarded up to the highest standards. We are reiterating this point as we find it to be greatly relevant for this post. It is a common misconception that Desktop-as-a-Service is less secure as a virtual desktop solution than VDI. To argue in favor of this statement, we are introducing you to what your security requirement should be according to the highest industry’s standards if you wish to receive the most optimal cloud desktop services from your provider.

Once you start requesting quotes from DaaS providers, you need to be keeping a close eye on the presence of a CIA model of information security implemented by the cloud vendor.

Information Security Policies

Every organization that is taking their information security seriously has policies in place that they should be looking to stick onto rigorously. These policies can apply to the internal company processes just like the IT operation of the business. This brings us to the three key aspects of data that companies usually focus on integrating as into their information security policies- Confidentiality, Integrity & Availability (CIA).

What does the CIA stand for?

The CIA model is also known as the CIA triad, and commonly mistaken for the abbreviation of the Central Intelligence Agency, if searched only by the abbreviation term. It is the gold standard utilized by cloud vendors as a mode of operating and implementation, whilst handling, storing corporate data and ensuring there are no breaches and your information is safe.

Confidentiality

Cyberattacks and internal threats are the major fears by corporations leading onto data breach and possible leaks of sensitive information. This is why your business must ensure that their cloud provider has the best practices in place to guarantee confidentiality of private information from unauthorized access. An example of measures that cloud vendors can do to protect your information is enforcing a high level of access controls to avoid unauthorized access by hackers. Trustworthy DaaS providers must be separating their client’s data into different collections to ensure there are no overlaps and potential breaches.

Integrity

What integrity refers to in this context are the completeness and the full accuracy of company data handled by your cloud provider. Integrity also involves security control to prevent data from being accessed from unauthorized personnel who can unintentionally or intentionally modify or misuse important information on the servers. In other words, the life cycle of your company data must be proficiently maintained by your virtual desktop provider ensuring its full trustworthiness and consistency.

Availability

This is another important component in the CIA model which every DaaS provider should have in place as part of their cloud management strategy. By data availability we mean that your information can be accessed by your users at all times without interruptions. Having a virtual desktop service which is fully reliable at all times and experiences no downtime due to malicious issues, human errors or else means that your provider is trustworthy and they are providing you with a quality solution.

With all this being said, we might have convinced you of the importance of having a CIA model implemented by your DaaS provider as part of their cloud operations. Whether your cloud desktop solution covers for full confidentiality, integrity and availability of your data and sensitive information means that you are at far lesser risk from hacking, internal threats and unfortunate data breach events down the line.