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Secure remote access and VDI replacement

Legacy solutions aren’t equipped to support the modern workforce. To ensure productivity, organizations need to deliver seamless, and secure access to their enterprise applications without sacrificing the user experience.

Remote desktops, thin-client computing, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) changed the way businesses operated in the 1990s and 2000s. Since then, there have been many changes in desktop virtualization and, while VDI has helped organizations for many years, today there are other options that can better support the modern workforce in terms of web application access.

Our modern workforce

Organizations no longer consist of every employee coming into the same office every day. Instead, many employees and contractors work remotely. The perimeter as it used to be is gone,  and users are now the new perimeter, wherever and however they work. Additionally, applications have moved from residing in private data centers to spread around globally in private and public clouds. Both SaaS and private applications serve a wide variety of purposes, from product development to project management to collaboration and so much more. As these applications have become predominantly web based, the browser has become the application of choice for accessing the world of corporate tools. Enterprise workers typically spend 75% of their time using their web browser, and, unfortunately, browser-based applications are where users are most vulnerable.

This new modern workforce means centralized security won’t work and won’t scale —  you need security that is cloud-native to protect all users, the data and applications they use, and the ways they communicate. Organizations need consistent policies for all users regardless of location; however, to be truly effective, this security has to be:

Digital transformation can drive business, but without security transformation, it can adversely impact security or performance.

How to replace your VDI solution

Organizations are looking to deliver applications and services to their end-user workforce, simply, securely, and cost-effectively. However, organizations considering or currently relying on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) will encounter key problems:

How to deliver reliable access with Menlo Security

Organizations need a solution that makes Zero Trust access easy. Instead of time- and resource-intensive technology, Menlo Secure Application Access gives remote users secure connectivity to private applications, including web applications and legacy applications.

What makes Menlo Security different?

At the core of Secure Application Access is the Menlo Secure Cloud Browser, which fetches and delivers content to users. In addition to providing simple-to-deploy, clientless ZTNA, Secure Application Access and the Menlo Secure Cloud Browser protect applications from attacks, such as session hijacking, cookie manipulation, and other tactics that employ protocol manipulation. Secure Application Access employs network separation by routing all web traffic through the Menlo Secure Cloud Browser before delivering only safe content to the endpoint. It protects applications from internet threats and provides more granular controls for added protection of the application and associated data. These security controls include read-only/read-write, upload/download, copy/paste, AV scanning, sandboxing, and data loss prevention. 

Diagram of how to secure SaaS and Private applications

Provide secure access to private web applications without deploying traditional WAF, reverse proxy, or VDI solutions

Menlo Security provides security for your data through DLP and read-only access control, so your data doesn’t get manipulated. For example, Menlo Security has an upload/download policy, so compliance and data leakage are taken care of. Menlo Security also provides security for browser-based applications, offering protection from Log4j, header manipulation, and session hijacking. Additionally, Menlo Security takes the application off the internet, so no DNS records are required, protecting your organization against internet attacks. This is all delivered with an unmatched digital experience for users through high availability and frictionless performance.

Overcome the disadvantages of VDI