Hong Kong, 5 March 2012 – According to a global market study commissioned by Citrix, securing the explosive growth of mobile workstyles is on pace to drive a significant spike in demand for desktop virtualization over the next two years. Fifty five per cent of companies surveyed expect to roll out new desktop virtualization deployments for the first time by 2013, with 86 per cent citing security as a primary driver. The top factors driving this growth included:
• Secure access for mobile and user owned devices
• Increased app and data security
• Business agility for an increasingly mobile workforce
• Simplified risk management
"Desktop virtualization delivers centralised control and management of desktops, applications and data delivered to any endpoint device," said Kurt Roemer, chief security strategist, for Citrix. "It also offers granular, policy-based access control and supports compliance requirements. It embeds an important infrastructure-level of information governance that enhances risk management across information security and compliance."
Other key benefits identified by IT decision-makers included the immediate provisioning and de-provisioning of app and desktop access at 60 per cent, instant isolation of a compromised application at 54 per cent, and the ability to remotely wipe data from mobile and PC devices at 32 per cent.
Eighty six per cent of those surveyed believe that desktop virtualization offers a strategic approach to improved information security, regardless of whether or not they intend to use desktop virtualization within their own organisation.
Of the senior IT decision-makers that will have desktop virtualization in place at the end of 2013, 95 per cent believe it is very effective at protecting information while providing workers with fast and effective access to the information they require. Ninety seven per cent said that they expect desktop virtualization to help their organisation respond to new and emerging security threats.
Benefits at the device level
At a device level, 74 per cent of senior IT decision-makers envisage using desktop virtualization to instantly update an entire enterprise's network of PC and computing devices and sixty six per cent cite the secure delivery of applications and data as a critical security capability that led to their decision to implement desktop virtualization. Compliance requirements are also a key driver to adoption, with 61 per cent citing access management and 53 per cent citing activity monitoring, logging and reporting as important capabilities delivered by desktop virtualization.
"As desktop virtualization has matured and been implemented by organisations around the world, there is increasing recognition of the inherent information security benefits that it offers," said Roemer. "Desktop virtualization is now regarded as a strategic investment that forms a fundamental part of an organisation's IT infrastructure."
Benefits at the infrastructure level
Ninety one per cent of senior IT decision-makers who are implementing desktop virtualization say it is very effective at supporting compliance requirements. Eighty nine per cent also say such solutions protect against the exposure of private data and data loss.
The centralised, granular policy control enabled by desktop virtualization allows IT departments to handle compliance proactively by allowing an organisation to develop an appropriate information security strategy for its own industry, business needs and risk profile.
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The research for the Citrix Security Index was conducted independently by Vanson Bourne in October 2011, and is based on responses from 1100 IT professionals across eleven countries. One hundred IT professionals were surveyed in each of eleven countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, The Netherlands, UK and the USA). Three-quarters of respondents were from organisations with 1000 or more employees, one quarter were from organisations of 500-999 employees.
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