The General Data Protection Regulation, commonly known as GDPR (Regulation [EU] 2016/679) will take full effect on 25th May 2018, replacing the national legislation for data protection. After this date, data security for European businesses will become even more important, as data breaches and data misuse become more punishable. Under GDPR, businesses will face penalties, fines, and public ire for their unwitting or irresponsible exposure of client or third-party personal and corporate information. Consequently, it is imperative that organisations tighten their data security to avoid facing these negative consequences.

The traditional network-centric security solutions, such as intrusion detection systems and firewalls, cannot protect data from hacking by privileged users and advanced persistent threats (APTs). There are other methods, such as security information and event management (SIEM) and database audit and protection (DAP), for event correlation. With stringent data regulations and increased data breaches, businesses have to move from network-centric solutions to data-centric solutions by integrating data-security intelligence and data firewalls to create a secure firewall around the data. Strong access controls, key management, and encryption augmented with security intelligence are a must, because once you move everything into the cloud, you only have a web browser as an interface.

A huge amount of data processed by organisations requires protection. This includes all personal data, which under the new regulations cannot be leaked or otherwise shown without authorisation. Personal data also cannot be transferred to third countries without proper supervision and authorisation. Balancing security needs with employees’ needs for quick access to data and applications is a key focus for IT professionals.

EU GDPR compliance with cloud

In order to ensure an organisation’s compliance with GDPR, the entire network must be securely deployed so unauthorised users cannot gain access. Moreover, it is important to hire reliable personnel to manage databases and administrate the system. When managing data, it is advisable to streamline processes so different privileges are assigned to different users based on their job roles. Data management has to be augmented with efficient technology that enforces system policies for secure access to data as well as its storage, retrieval, or manipulation.

Cloud computing allows organisations to centralise all data, improve the security of their network, easily protect data, and manage access through a central location. In a cloud environment, data is safely hosted in a private, hybrid, or public cloud and is securely accessible through encrypted connections.

Application and desktop delivery is one of the most widely adopted cloud-computing solutions as it allows employees to access centralised data from any location or device.

In application delivery, data and software are streamed into an isolated environment on the target device where they are executed. No local software installation or data storage is required on the client device. The user sends keystrokes and mouse clicks to the server and receives only screenshot updates. Access to data is granted only by authentication, and it can be secured further using two-factor authentication or granular filtering based on location, device type, or MAC address.

Removing the data from user devices substantially reduces the risk of data leakage or loss, helping the organisation to adhere to the new EU GDPR regulation. Moreover, businesses can also enjoy the scalability, agility, and mobility offered by the cloud, while security and business continuity are maintained at the highest level.

The benefits of cloud

As a result of the mobile IT revolution and GDPR compliance requirements, many organisations are moving toward cloud to benefit from increased security, greater and easier scalability, a seamless mobile experience, and cost reduction.

  • Security: Centrally storing data on a cloud system ensures EU GDPR compliance by eliminating the risk of physical data theft, the most common type of data breach.
  • Scalability: Unlike traditional data centres, companies can easily scale up their infrastructure through the cloud. Usually, businesses end up keeping personal data records for years. With a huge volume of personal data being stored, traditional data centres might be overwhelmed.
  • Mobility: Cloud allows employees to securely access data, applications, and desktops from any device and any location. This allows organisations to fully embrace bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and choose-your-own-device (CYOD) policies while gaining productivity and increasing data security.
  • Cost Reduction: The adoption of cloud delivers savings for businesses. Better hardware utilisation means more efficiency. The centralised deployment of applications and desktops reduces IT staff’s workload, which increases overall cost savings.

Build a secure cloud solution with Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS)

While cloud solutions provide efficient, scalable, and reliable systems, their full potential lies with the virtualisation of applications, desktops, files, and folders that can be delivered to various devices. Through centralised application management, data storage, and maintenance, IT departments gain more control and can remotely ensure a strict separation between corporate and personal data.

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is an award-winning solution for virtual application and desktop delivery allowing users to work securely from anywhere on virtually any device, including mobile Android and iOS®. Furthermore, it offers the required flexibility to build any cloud-computing infrastructure, as it works seamlessly with Microsoft® Remote Desktop Services (RDS), Citrix XenServer, VMware EXSi, Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix Acropolis (AHV), and KVM. Parallels RAS can be deployed on private, hybrid, or public clouds such as Amazon Web Services™ (AWS) and Windows Azure®.

To limit the risks of data leakage, access rules can be enforced and data can be segregated in restricted silos, reinforcing the division between the different user groups, departments, and regions.

Parallels RAS can centrally deploy critical OS updates and security patches to all users at once, reducing downtime while increasing security. In addition, it supports continuous availability, resource-based load balancing, and universal printing.