PNY Pro Tip #16 - VirtualLink Disable Update

Posted by PNY Pro on Fri, Sep 06, 2019 @ 02:25 PM

Data security is the top priority of every CTO. If you are deploying Quadro RTX graphics cards in mission-critical workstations or servers, and want to secure your data, Quadro RTX graphics cards are the right choice. PNY can help you permanently disable the data path on the VirtualLink (USB Type-C) port to prevent unauthorized data access through VirtualLink.

Previous Pro Tip blogs have covered the VirtualLink port found on NVIDIA RTX (Turing architecture) graphics cards. From use as a VR interface to alternative uses such as a fast data transfer port and a one-cable-only video out solution.

In Tip #10 we specifically covered reasons and use cases where someone might want to disable the VirtualLink port to improve system data security.

Links to each blog piece are provided below:

PNY Pro Tip #7: Introduction to VirtualLink

PNY Pro Tip #9: 3 ways to use VirtualLink now

PNY Pro Tip #10: How to Disable VirtualLink but Why?

While having a high-speed USB Type-C port on your graphics cards for your personal PC or workstation is a great feature, data security is essential to every business today.  Given this, it is simply unacceptable to have an open data port on workstations or servers where the protection and security of IP is paramount. 

To prevent data theft, IT managers implement policies disabling data ports, which can cause systems with RTX cards to not boot if the VirtualLink port is not disabled.

Through collaboration with NVIDIA, PNY offers our customers the ability to purchase Quadro RTX products with VirtualLink data access permanently disabled. The product will be tracked via its serial number and will be supported and serviced by technical support staff with a full understanding of data security issues. 

Contact your PNY representative to inquire about disabling VirtualLink data access on Quadro RTX 8000, 6000, 5000 and 4000 professional graphics boards.   

Quadro RTX Series
Quadro RTX 8000 
Quadro RTX 6000
Quadro RTX 5000
Quadro RTX 4000


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Topics: PNY, NVIDIA, NVIDIA Quadro, PNY PRO, NVIDIA GPUs, NVIDIA RTX Technology, Pro Tip, rtx 6000, rtx 5000, RTX 4000, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000, nvidia quadro rtx, virtuallink, GeForce RTX, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000, QuadroRTX8000, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000, RTX Server

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