Top 10 ways to secure your AVD platform

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, securing your Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) platform is of paramount importance. With the increasing adoption of remote work and cloud-based solutions, businesses need to ensure that their AVD environment remains safe from potential threats and vulnerabilities. To shed light on this crucial topic, we’ve gathered insights from experts in the field, including Paul Heaton, CEO of cubesys, and Microsoft MVP Shabaz Darr. In addition, we’ll share key statistics from Deloitte and Gartner to emphasise the significance of securing your AVD platform. 

Why secure your AVD?

  • Deloitte reports that remote work has increased the average cost of a data breach by 23% due to security challenges associated with remote access and cloud solutions. 
  • According to Gartner, by 2024, 30% of organisations will leverage zero trust network access (ZTNA) to secure their remote workforce, up from 5% in 2021. 

“Securing your AVD platform is not just about protecting data; it’s about safeguarding your organisation’s future. By implementing strong security measures, you can foster trust and confidence in your remote work capabilities.” 

Paul Heaton, CEO of cubesys

The top 10 ways to secure your AVD platform: 

1. Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): MFA adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to verify their identity using multiple methods, such as a password and a one-time code sent to their mobile device. 

2. Regularly Update and Patch Systems: Keeping your AVD environment up to date with the latest security patches and updates is crucial for protecting against known vulnerabilities. 

3. Use Strong Password Policies: Enforce complex password requirements and educate users on the importance of creating and maintaining secure passwords. 

4. Employ Endpoint Security: Implement robust endpoint security solutions to protect devices connecting to your AVD environment from malware and other threats. 

5. Network Segmentation: Segment your network to isolate AVD traffic from other parts of your infrastructure, reducing the potential attack surface. 

6. Data Encryption: Encrypt data both in transit and at rest to prevent unauthorised access to sensitive information. 

7. Regular Security Audits: Conduct frequent security audits and vulnerability assessments to identify and mitigate potential risks. 

8. Implement Zero Trust Security: Follow the zero trust model, which assumes no trust within or outside the network, and requires verification from anyone trying to access resources in your AVD environment. 

9. Employee Training and Awareness: Train your employees to recognise phishing attempts and other common cyber threats, as human error is a significant security risk. 

10. Continuous Monitoring: Continuously monitor and analyse your AVD platform for any signs of suspicious activity or potential breaches. 

“As the remote work landscape expands, securing your AVD platform becomes a strategic imperative. It’s not just an IT concern; it’s a business necessity. A secure AVD environment ensures productivity and peace of mind.” 

Quote from Shabaz Darr, Microsoft MVP

By following these best practices and integrating them into your AVD platform’s security strategy, you can significantly reduce the risk of data breaches and cyberattacks. In a world where remote work is becoming the new norm, securing your AVD platform is not just about protecting your technology—it’s about safeguarding your business, your reputation, and your future.