The workplace of today is changing. Against the background of unpredictability in the current economic climate, organizations are striving to be both agile and flexible –  while adhering to increasingly strict governance demands. Unsurprisingly, many organizations are struggling to adjust. Yet realize that being able to grow, change direction, manage risk and rapidly adapt to market trends has never been more important.

Many are creating more flexible business environments, enabled by the Bring Your Own (BYO) device initiatives that reflect an increasing consumerization of IT and that support workshifting. These trends, together with mobility demands and an increased sophistication of highly targeted security threats, create an entirely new set of security challenges that impact the whole organization.

The more flexible and agile an organization, the more important it is to manage to a forward-thinking information security strategy. CIOs and CISOs must take a secure-by-design approach, considerably reducing security vulnerability at the infrastructure level and building on this base of security. In this respect, desktop virtualization combined with cloud computing become key enabling technologies.

The cloud-driven centralization of data and applications is resulting in new methods to secure an organization’s IT infrastructure. Yet it is desktop virtualization that truly forms the foundations of a worker-centric information security strategy. It enables the organization to ensure protection, privacy and compliance for sensitive data, while maximizing productivity, mobility and freedom of device choice for all workers.

A flexible working environment

The industry is increasingly seeing IT organizations move towards adopting a secure by design approach with desktop virtualization, marking a clear departure from traditional information security thinking. Virtualization gives organizations a more granular way to secure information and manage risk, while giving IT departments the necessary control and visibility over that information. In fact, according to our Global Security Index[1], 97 percent of senior IT decision makers expect desktop virtualization to help their organization respond to new and emerging security threats.

The new flexible and highly mobile workplace is an exciting prospect for workers and organizations alike. Increasing business agility is improving productivity, customer service and work/life balance. It is a win-win situation that must be nurtured by CIOs and CISOs.

Desktop virtualization securely enables the adoption of mobile workstyles. Over the coming months and years, you will see organizations adopting desktop virtualization as an infrastructure level approach to information security, building themselves a flexible, secure and sustainable working environment.

[1] Citrix Security Index, December 2011