In today’s digital age, secure access to sensitive data, applications, and networks from anywhere is crucial for government and military entities. With the rise of remote work and mobile workforces, the number of security breaches have only increased, leaving more government endpoints at risk.
In this blog article, let’s look how Stratodesk NoTouch can provide end-users in federal and local government as well as in the military with an extraordinary user experience on their endpoint devices, while offering tight security and control amid budget cuts.
Challenges Securing Endpoints and Staying Compliant
Many government and military entities today are operating multi-cloud, multi-workspace solutions. Each solution is governed by its own protocol, resulting in operational silos that are complex and time consuming to manage, and challenging for IT teams with finite resources to keep secure. In addition, not only do the private or public clouds have to be secure and compliant, but the edge or endpoint devices must also guarantee secured and compliant access from the office, home, or in the field.
7 Reasons Why You Should Consider Securing your Government/Military Endpoints with Stratodesk NoTouch
1. NoTouch OS is an Ultra-Secure OS
According to AV-Test statistics, 95% of new malware threats are targeted at Windows OS devices. NoTouch is an immutable, zero-trust, small footprint, security enhanced OS, based on Linux. No data is ever stored or written locally on the endpoint, the hard disk/SSD can be fully encrypted and no ports are open.
2. Empower any Cloud/DaaS/VDI Solution
NoTouch OS offers secure access to any Cloud workspace or any DaaS/VDI solution. As a longstanding VMware, Citrix, Microsoft and Amazon partner, Stratodesk delivers day-one updates of integrated third-party clients and protocols. With Stratodesk NoTouch, IT teams can easily provide each user a customized experience based on their role and access-level. Minimize the access to third-party applications that the user doesn’t need.
3. Identity and Access Control
Multi-factor authentication (MFA), Single sign-on (SSO) and support for CAC SIPRNet Token/PIV Smart Cards that use 90Meter’s middleware enables secure and fast authentication on both classified and non-classified networks.
4. Quick and Easy “No-Touch” Deployment and Centralized Management
Government and military workers must access the network not only at multiple work sites but also on the go without compromising security. Stratodesk NoTouch Center, the administration platform for all NoTouch devices, makes it simple to deploy, manage and monitor each user’s endpoint. Time-saving, “No-Touch-deployment” of the software image, and optimized management settings of any on-premises or cloud-based (hosted) platform, with outstanding enterprise-grade security, monitoring and reporting capabilities, ease the burden of IT teams and free up resources.
5. Unified Communications Support
Stratodesk NoTouch supports communication and collaboration solutions such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Webex and others. Working together from anywhere has never been easier.
6. Huge Technology Partner Network
Due to longstanding partnerships with global leading technology companies such as VMware, Microsoft or Citrix, Stratodesk provides day-one updates of their clients and protocols for all NoTouch OS licenses. NoTouch also features over 50 integration partners including desktop analytics partners, collaboration, printing and communication partners, cloud and platform partners as well as security and accessibility partners such as 90meter.
7. On GSA Schedule with US Based Development and Support
Stratodesk sells through a continuously growing community of reseller partners and is listed on the GSA schedule. The company headquarters are in San Francisco, software development and 24/7 IT-support are located in the US.
Let’s Talk About Budget – How Standardization Through Repurposing Existing Devices and a More Streamlined, Centralized Endpoint Management Can Free Budget and Increase User Experience
Budget constraints often make it difficult for governments and military organizations to do a hardware “refresh” every 3-4 years. Replacing hardware is very costly and time consuming therefore many such organizations end up with a combination of old and new devices, from different vendors, running different versions of the operating system. With Stratodesk NoTouch organizations can repurpose their existing X86 hardware (PCs, laptops or thin clients), regardless of the manufacturer and even use Raspberry Pi devices and so get a fully standardized endpoint network with one OS and an identical look and feel. The transition to Stratodesk is easy and painless due to “no-touch” deployment with NoTouch Center.
A centralized endpoint infrastructure can be managed more easily and more cost efficient by the IT team with less man power. Stratodesk also offers flexible licensing models (perpetual, monthly, or yearly) to choose from and provide even more ways to save.
In conclusion, government and military IT teams face unique challenges in securing their VDI environments. To meet these challenges, they need a secure and easy-to-manage solution that maintains the highest levels of security while being easy to deploy and manage. With Stratodesk NoTouch, IT teams can ensure that sensitive data, applications, and networks are protected from unauthorized access and cyber attacks, ensuring optimal performance for users and compliance with government regulations. Reusing existing hardware and unifying their endpoints reduce TCO and give end-users familiar work environments no matter on which device they are working on.