Desktop 365 for Financial Services

Ensure your company and customer data is protected by creating a digital perimeter around your internal network.

Modernise existing on-premise systems by hosting them in the cloud, effectively turning them into SaaS solutions.

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About the Financial Services sector

The financial services sector is about as highly regulated as they come. As such the protection and integrity of data is of paramount importance.

For many financial services companies there is a growing desire to modernise but this is often curtailed by highly bespoke on-premise systems in which they are highly invested.

On top of this, financial service companies have a preference towards handling all IT in-house. However, with the increasing acceptance of the importance of cloud in modernising operations, they are coming to the realisation that this may not be entirely plausible.

The issues are the same across the breadth of the financial services sector, from accounting to banking, insurance to investment banking, and wealth management to private equity/venture capital.

Why Desktop 365 for
Financial Services?

Reduce risk and boost compliance

By removing points of failure and reducing points of entry

  • Secure logins – As Desktop 365 utilises a single sign-on, users only need remember a solitary password. This is only one part of a two-factor authentication process that ensures that, even if a password is hacked, access cannot be obtained to systems.
  • Pro-actively monitor all access With Desktop 365 users don't manage their own passwords and they can only access applications by logging in through the Desktop 365 portal. This pro-active monitoring of all user activity, whether it takes place inside or outside of the network. If Desktop 365 flags suspicious activity then it can restrict access and report back to controllers. This helps to prevent financial misconduct and protect your companies reputation.
  • Enable access controls – Desktop 365 allows you to deny USB access (regardless of the device being used), restrict clipboard access, prevent screenshots, and add watermarking amongst many other controls. This helps to prevent data loss theft from insiders.
  • Prevent data theft – A laptop left on a train, a bag snatched en-route home, however devices end up in the hands of criminals your company data will be safe. With Desktop 365 no data is stored on devices, it's all safely secured and accessed from our UK-based ISO 27001:2013 certified data centres.
  • Recover from disaster – In the unlikely event of system failure or data loss Desktop 365 allows you to get back up and running within hours. Data is replicated in multiple data centres and can be easily recovered or systems can swiftly failed over. The integrity of both customer and company data is maintained.

A high-compliance solution

The financial services industry is highly regulated and as such it requires a high-compliance solution. Desktop 365 is ideal for financial services companies because it offers unparalleled granular control over data security to counteract both external and internal threats. With access to customer funds and confidential information, data needs to be handled with extreme care in order to prevent crippling fines and irreparable reputation damage.

Desktop 365 is a solution brought to you by Atlas Cloud, a highly certified Managed Services Provider so you can rest assured that you are dealing with a company who take data protection as seriously as you do.

Modernise your existing setup

By enhancing the delivery of existing systems rather than implementing complex new ones.

  • Give legacy / on-premise apps a makeover – Many financial services IT solutions are highly bespoke and you may feel your operations have become so intrinsically tied to them that you can't break away. With Desktop 365 you can carry on working with your favoured or tied-in applications through app virtualisation. Our consultants are experts in hosting SQL databases.
  • Enable modern working practices – By virtualising your apps, Desktop 365 can enable your workforce to access them from anywhere, on any device and at any time. This allows the implementation of more flexible working practices, leading to greater productivity through speedier task resolution. It also helps you to attract the best talent and redress the balance against Fintech disruptors.
  • Boost login speeds – Time is money, particularly in the financial services sector. Desktop 365 allows for a simple single sign-on to gain access to all files, desktops and applications. Users can swiftly access applications from a single dashboard with a single click. Imagine only having one password to remember?
  • And yet still maintain the status quo – The world of financial services can be fast-paced and companies don't want employees to be derailed from their core tasks. Thankfully, users can seamlessly transition to Desktop 365 and it's familiar Windows operating system. It's the same as it always was, only better.

Pain-free transformation

Financial services companies often find themselves in the situation where they’d like to explore the possibilities of the cloud but still wish to maintain their existing systems. In the past, with systems being so highly bespoke, this has been somewhat of a non-starter. However, now Desktop 365 can make this a reality, by virtualising applications to enable companies to experience the speed and availability of the cloud while preserving functionality.

Adopting the latest technology is often thought to be the domain of startups, but Desktop 365 can seamlessly be integrated with legacy systems, helping to repel the challenge of Fintech disruptors. Never before has it been so easy to promote a more efficient, productive and agile way of working. And what’s more, there’s zero adoption period as Desktop 365 is reassuringly familiar.

Place your IT in safe hands

By accessing award-winning support and consultancy from Atlas Cloud

  • Buy the complete solution – Desktop 365 is the result of a perfect marriage between Citrix and Microsoft delivered by Atlas Cloud. Bolt-on the ultimate Disaster Recovery solution Zerto and you've got a complete solution for your IT.
  • Access specialist consultancy – While it's nice to have internal competence to cover every aspect of IT, in reality it's just not feasible. Atlas Cloud are cloud hosting experts dealing with Citrix implementations day-in day-out and as such can be trusted to shape a Desktop 365 solution perfectly tailored to your business.
  • Get expert support – Your Desktop 365 solution can be completely supported by the award-winning service desk at Atlas Cloud. From access requests to new user setup and troubleshooting to app installations, you can completely delegate all the time consuming requests that prevent IT teams from concentrating on critical projects.

Work with the best

Your Desktop 365 solution will be implemented by the award-winning team at Atlas Cloud. As such, you’re accessing almost 10 years of expertise in building cloud infrastructure with Citrix and Microsoft technology. Atlas Cloud follow a highly bespoke approach to solution design, ensuring that the final product is perfectly aligned to your business. What’s more, as a managed Citrix account, they can garner expert support and consultancy direct from Citrix themselves.

Replicating this level of expertise in-house would not only be a thankless task but also a very expensive one. By purchasing Desktop 365 you’re partnering with a company that never rests on it’s laurels and continually looks to innovate and push the boundaries of what is possible with cloud.

Financial Services Testimonials

We have transformed the IT of many notable firms in the financial services sector.

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We’re delighted by their service and impressed by their strong focus on security such as offering to implement Two-Factor Authentication amongst other services all within an ISO 27001 framework.

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Financial Services Sector Applications

We’ve hosted countless legacy and on-premise software for our customers to enable remote access to their critical applications. This includes Accountancy, Stock Trading, ERP, Financial Analysis, Insurance and Risk Management, Security and Contract Management, Document Management and Payment Processing.

We’re yet to find an application we couldn’t host. Here are just a few examples of finance orientated apps that we successfully host for our customers.

Financial Services Sector In The News

Equifax

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Fine: £500,000

What happened?

Equifax failed to patch all of their servers that were left exposed by a severe vulnerability in the Apache Struts Java framework. A joint investigation by the FCA and ICO found that 657,423 UK customers had personal details compromised. On top of this a further 15 million records containing names and date of births were also accessed as Equifax was holding publically available data from various sources. The ICO imposed the maximum penalty of £500k as the data breach took place before the GDPR came into place. GDPR regulations allow for much higher fines of up to £17 million or 4% of global turnover.

Why was it avoidable?

Equifax was warned about the vulnerability and did inform their IT administrators via email that a patch would need to be applied urgently. Crucially, however, the distribution list that they used to send this email was not up-to-date and therefore the notification wasn’t received by all administrators. Desktop 365 centralises systems and allows for the automatic patching of devices and servers. It negates the need for manually rolling out patches and takes away the element of human error (e.g. admins not being sent the email, admins perhaps not opening the email). Either way the notification and subsequent application of such an important security patch needs a far more robust approach than sending a group email and hoping that all the parts will fit into place.

Facilitating compliance

Desktop 365 is a highly certified solution which means that your company can benefit from partnering with us on your IT infrastructure. Our data centres are also ISO 27001 compliant so you can be confident in our third party partners too.

All of this helps our customers to be compliant with financial regulations as well as to obtain certification of their own. See our current certifications below.

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