The public sector is actively integrating into the digital environment, trying to satisfy ever more requests from citizens and improve efficiency. This requires not only a restructuring of work processes, but also a reconsideration of the approach to cybersecurity. Following a request from the Orenburg Region’s Ministry of Digital Development and Communications, we proposed a solution that both accelerates digital transformation and solves the problem of protecting new workspace infrastructure from cyberattacks.
IT infrastructure in public sector institutions is becoming more complex, and it is being accessed by a large number of users. The volume of processed information that may be confidential is also growing. For this reason, more and more attention is being paid to cybersecurity issues. The following tasks were set before implementing the pilot project:
After studying the requirements for the pilot project, Kaspersky offered the Ministry a comprehensive solution – Kaspersky Secure Remote Workspace – designed to build a managed and functional thin client infrastructure based on the Cyber Immune operating system KasperskyOS. The solution consists of three complementary products:
|Kaspersky Thin Client
KasperskyOS-based software product installed on a hardware platform
|Kaspersky Security Center
Unified console for managing thin clients and other Kaspersky products
|Kaspersky Security Management Suite
Special add-on module for fleet administration
The project involved the implementation of a unified user device management system. In the Kaspersky Secure Remote Workspace solution, this is the Kaspersky Security Center console. It is also used to manage other Kaspersky products. It allows for more efficient and convenient administration and the creation of new workspaces. This increases reliability and reduces infrastructure maintenance costs. Using Kaspersky Thin Client for VDI access fully met the customer’s requirement for simplified IT infrastructure and cost optimization, because of the favorable price and cost of ownership compared to classic desktops and laptops, as well as the long (7-10 years) service life. The project placed particular emphasis on the effectiveness of cybersecurity. Thanks to the KasperskyOS operating system that the Cyber Immune thin clients run on, the risk of attacks on remote workspaces is significantly reduced, which eliminates the likelihood of intruders accessing data from a data center. Kaspersky Secure Remote Workspace ensures:
The solution components have been entered into the unified register of Russian programs for electronic computers and databases:
Kaspersky Secure Remote Workspace therefore perfectly meets the requirements set by the ministry, and we proposed a pilot project based on it.
The pilot project, launched in 2021, was deemed a success by the customer. Based on the results of the pilot, the Ministry of Digital Development and Communications of the Orenburg Region purchased:
In the future, the ministry plans to transfer all state organizations related to the administration of the city and region to a modern VDI infrastructure. As a result of implementing Kaspersky Secure Remote Workplace, the customer received:
The solution is included in the list of standard automated workspaces that can be used by government agencies when building their infrastructure in accordance with Russian government decree No. 1236 of November 16, 2015, ‘On establishing a ban on the admission of the software originating from foreign states for the purpose of procurement to meet state and municipal needs’.
At a meeting of the Commission on Digital Development and the Use of Information Technology in the Orenburg Region, a list of software was approved and the concept of a standard automated workspace was adopted. In the near future, the Orenburg Region authorities will start creating road maps for the transition to domestic solutions.