7 reasons why thin clients are a smart choice for financial organizations
The financial industry has become increasingly digital, with the rise of cryptocurrency, digital transactions, and online banking. Consequently, ensuring security has become more critical than ever. Any unauthorized disclosure or breach of data can result in significant penalties, loss of trust, reputation damage, and financial loss. According to a report by Verizon on data breach investigations, 70% of breaches happen at the endpoint level. In this context, let’s explore how Thin Clients can enhance data security, simplify the workload of IT teams, and improve user experience. Here are 7 reasons why they’re beneficial.
1. Reinforced Security
Endpoints play a vital role in ensuring data security. If the endpoint gets compromised, the company’s data becomes vulnerable.
Thin clients are an excellent way to address this concern. They are equipped with a read-only operating system, surpassing the protection level offered by regular PCs. There is indeed no local data, information, or credentials stored on the endpoint. So even if the endpoint is stolen, the data remains safe.
Moreover, some thin clients come with built-in data loss protection mechanisms, significantly reducing the chances of data being copied or retrieved by unauthorized individuals who gain access to the endpoint.
2. Endpoint management made easy
Thin Clients are apt for financial organizations as they have very often a decentralized structure with several branches/offices throughout the country. One of the main assets of thin clients is that it provides you the option to manage them from anywhere using the remote management console.
This means the IT admin can perform software upgrades, security patches, and deploy applications seamlessly from any location. The management console also provides full control over all the devices for IT teams, to provide or revoke access when needed. Furthermore, all the actions performed by the administrator are saved in the activity log, that you can also audit if needed.
3. Unmatched scalability
Thin clients can be deployed and connected to the infrastructure very easily and quickly, and you can add new users within minutes. This ease of deployment makes thin clients a no brainer for financial organizations who very often have a decentralized structure with many different offices and branches. This also means that you can adapt to an evolving number of users very quickly.
4. Support of legacy application
Thin clients help extend the life of your legacy applications by running them on a central server. Instead of investing in expensive upgrades or replacements, your organization can still use the existing application while benefiting from the security features of a thin client infrastructure.
5. Upgrade of legacy applications with the existing hardware
Are you facing limitations in upgrading your legacy applications due to financial constraints? If your organization currently has ageing hardware that cannot run the latest applications, repurposing this hardware into new generation thin clients can be a good option. By doing so, you can upgrade your legacy applications or use the latest versions. This approach ensures that your endpoints remain powerful enough to support all the applications you need, without investing in expensive hardware replacements.
6. Simplified Disaster recovery plan (DRP)
In traditional disaster recovery planning (DRP), organizations typically invest in hardware, maintain a separate office for storage, and rely on their support teams to manually update these endpoints whenever updates are available. However, this process can be time-consuming, requiring a significant workforce to handle both the endpoints used by current employees and those reserved for DRP purposes.
By implementing thin clients, you can simply purchase the necessary hardware and store it. Once set up, there is no longer a need for constant software upgrades, patch testing, or other time-consuming tasks associated with traditional endpoints. The thin client automatically gets the right configuration from the management console.
Thin clients provide a streamlined solution where the hardware is readily available for deployment in case of a disaster. This eliminates the need for continuous maintenance and updates, allowing your support team to focus on other critical tasks.
7. Use of personal device for work, in a secure way
You have implemented a remote work policy but have concerns about the security risks associated with users accessing data outside your company’s local area network (LAN)? Some software-based thin client solutions such as ZeeTransformer provide a secure option for employees to access their remote desktop from any location. This software-based approach not only guarantees data security but also brings added flexibility to your workforce. In addition, endpoint management and troubleshooting become simplified for your IT teams, making it a win-win situation for both security and efficiency.
With ZeeTransformer, you have the flexibility to accommodate your employees’ preferences in terms of operating system. By simply booting the PC with a USB containing the ZeeOS operating system, the endpoint can be temporarily converted into a thin client as shown below. This allows employees to work in a secure, locked-in and controlled environment, while still retaining the option to use their regular OS for personal work. Once the USB is removed, the endpoint seamlessly reverts back to its original OS. This approach enables employees to have the best of both worlds. A serene way to consider the use of personal device for work.
ZeeTim customer use case
During the Covid-19 pandemic, government restrictions limited movement beyond a certain radius, forcing companies to either have employees work from their nearby office or transition to remote work. However, one of our clients in the banking industry was reluctant to let users work from their personal devices, because of security concerns such as potential OS corruption. Furthermore, dispatching new endpoints to users‘ homes from headquarters was not feasible within a reasonable timeframe.
Our client turned to ZeeTim for assistance. Leveraging ZeeTransformer, they were able to onboard a staggering 9,000 employees in just one week with little effort. The support team simply instructed employees to download the software from our website and install it on a USB. The user just had to plug the USB into his personal laptop, and the device was converted into a secure endpoint for remote work within minutes.
Without ZeeTransformer, achieving a quick and secure business continuity within a week would have been nearly impossible. Moreover, repurposing existing devices saved the client from additional capital expenditures during these challenging times.
ZeeTransformer can help convert your existing PCs into secure new generation thin clients, regardless of their manufacturer.
ZeeOS is secure by design, making it an ideal choice for the financial industry. It seamlessly integrates with popular VDI solutions such as Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, Frame, or Tehama, ensuring smooth compatibility and performance.
To get started, we offer 10 free concurrent licenses to turn your PCs or laptops into thin clients, yours to keep, with no strings attached.
According to your needs, we also provide a hardware-based solution.
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