The impact of trends such as workshifting, consumerization of IT and cloud computing are having a similarly big impact on security practices.  A traditional approach to information security no longer meets the needs of a modern enterprise. From all our discussions with customers and at industry forums, we believe that there is a real opportunity to help organizations rethink their security approach and architect around a solution that is secure by design: desktop virtualization.

As such, there is a crucial balance between delivering what the organization requires and what workers need, making desktop virtualization an effective tool for ensuring information security.

Citrix conducted a global survey to gain an independent view on current and planned security strategies, adoption of desktop virtualization, drivers and benefits and today I’m pleased to announce that the survey whitepaper is now live.

Security Index Report snapshot

The research shows that in addition to the more familiar advantages of desktop virtualization, security has now joined these benefits as a key factor in the decision to implement desktop virtualization. In fact, 92 percent of these organizations that will have desktop virtualization in place by the end of 2013 are adopting it with a goal to improve information security.

It is also rewarding to see that an overwhelming number (86 percent) of senior IT decision makers believe that desktop virtualization offers a strategic approach to improved information security, regardless of whether they intend to use desktop virtualization within their own organization. As we encourage people to rethink security, it is important not to keep fixing ad hoc problems, but take this strategic view.

In addition to creating a more secure desktop environment, desktop virtualization delivers infrastructure-level capabilities as well as a way to facilitate and improve compliance (90 percent). The research also showed that senior IT decision makers regard it as very effective in protecting against malicious threats (90 percent).

Information security and compliance are now higher priorities than ever. Organizations around the world are focused on the need to be as agile and efficient as possible. According to the research and our own experience, desktop virtualization is the only technology that enables organizations to achieve these twin aims.

The research was carried out independently by a third party, Vanson Bourne. The research findings are based on responses from 1100 IT decision makers across 11 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Netherlands, UK and the USA. Three quarters of respondents were from organizations of more than 1000 employees, one quarter were from organizations of 500-999 employees.

Download the full survey whitepaper