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VMware® View™ for Government-Agency Multilevel Secure (MLS) Desktops

May 01, 2014

The complexities of delivering simultaneous access by users with different security clearances and needs-to-know, and preventing users from obtaining access to information for which they lack authorization, are almost overwhelming. Recurring security problems such as covert channels (where highly classified data is transmitted inappropriately to lower-classification users), bypassing (where unsecured data paths are opened maliciously or mistakenly), and an assortment of other issues have plagued MLS systems. And today, the accelerating pace of technological change creates additional challenges for government-agency MLS systems.

This paper summarizes the challenges of traditional MLS desktop solutions, recaps the technologies that make VDI a viable option, and highlights the capabilities of VMware View and the added value of products from ClearCube and RTCS.