Zero Client™ as a Service (ZCaaS™)
Zero Client as a Service (ZCaaS™) is a quick-booting, cloud-based secure enclave for Federal government contractors to work with Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) without worrying about hardening and monitoring a local computer.
ZCaaS™ helps small- and micro-businesses achieve CMMC compliance more efficiently while minimizing cost.
What is ZCaaS™?
Zero Client as a Service (ZCaaS) ™ is a temporary “desktop in the cloud” you can use to edit your sensitive information and transfer it from one cloud service to another without “contaminating” your local PC or Mac.
We call it a “zero client” because your local workstation acts as a client to a cloud service and zero information is ever stored, processed, or transmitted on your local machine.
ZCaaS™ is ideal for a small or micro-sized business looking to conduct business with the US Government in the Federal Contract space.
ZCaaS™ features a quick-booting, non-persistent Windows 10 environment hosted entirely in the cloud, meaning no files or data you browse to ever reach your local workstation, and when you’re finished, all traces of the session are deleted from the cloud.
ZCaaS™ allows you to interact with your files that contain sensitive information, such as Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) or Protected Health Information (PHI), from an untrusted, un-managed, un-hardened, or employee-owned workstation.
ZCaaS™ is a virtual ephemeral Windows 10 in the Azure Government Cloud built on Microsoft’s Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) service. The temporary nature of the desktop allows the user to operate on CUI in a secure enclave with confidence. Files are stored long-term and shared externally through SafeShare, powered by Cocoon Data in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud.
From any unmanaged workstation with internet access, you can use ZCaaS to:
ZCaaS™ will save you time and money!
ZCaaS™ is powered by two of the leading secure cloud services: Microsoft Azure Government and Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud technologies. Azure Government and GovCloud are both SOC 2 attested and hosted in a FedRAMP High Authorized environment.
The ZCaaS™ concept is based on the now defunct DoD Trusted End Node Security (TENS) program.
TENS was designed to allow DoD remote-working employees to login to DoD-controlled networks from their unmanaged personal devices. However, TENS relied on booting a workstation from DVD or USB, which required some reconfiguration of the workstation and took several minutes to boot (at a minimum). Also, the TENS boot media by its nature contained a limited set of drivers, and so only worked on limited workstation makes and models. ZCaaS™ provides the same security features as TENS without the limitations.
ZCaaS™ "How-To" Walkthrough Steps
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