The Security Challenges of Nonpersistent Virtual Desktops

Tuesday, April 16 | 11:30AM–12:15PM | Salon B
Session Type: Professional Development
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can deliver many operational advantages, which include a consistent user experience and environmental savings (electricity, HVAC, etc.). An implementation of virtual desktops may introduce a challenge for the information security practitioner. A virtual desktop configured to return to the original starting point is generally called "nonpersistent." A nonpersistent desktop allows for unwanted activity to be done with no digital footprint. A security professional must use network-level logging, targeted packet captures, and administrative tools within the virtual desktop solution to mitigate this risk.


  • Chris Bennett

    Senior Information Security Analyst, Medical University of South Carolina