As companies strive to acquire top talent, decentralized, remote workforces are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s business world. One technology that can help facilitate remote work is a Remote Desktop Server environment. This environment, which often consists of multiple servers configured for load balancing, can be used by remote employees for accessing individual apps or full desktop environments. With the use of Microsoft Azure, this environment can live entirely in the cloud, removing the need for a company to host and maintain its own physical equipment in an office. When discussing this type of cloud-hosted environment with clients, security is often a top concern. On top of some of the standard recommendations, such as good anti-virus and a properly configured gateway, we also recommend the use of an SSL certificate to secure the Remote Desktop Gateway. The RD Gateway is a service that runs on a server in an RD environment and handles client connections. By using an SSL certificate, connections to the RD Gateway are secured with encryption, preventing anyone from eavesdropping, and stealing account information. SSL certificates must be purchased from third-party sellers. In order to be a seller of digitally signed trusted SSL certificates, the company must comply and be audited against security and authentication standards that are established by web browsers. There are many options to choose from when purchasing an SSL certificate. At Sikich, we recommended using Thawte as your provider.