Research conducted by consulting company Decision Analyst, on 243 IT managers in the UK and France, found 65 per cent of respondents used systems management software to push out virus updates and service packs to desktops. 55 per cent used such software to push patches out.
A similar study in the US of 250 respondents found 64 per cent used systems management for virus updates and 60 per cent for patching.
In the US, 62 per cent of managers considered information leakage a very important issue compared with 56 per cent in the UK and France.
Philippe Ortodoro, EMEA vice president of Landesk Software said the findings of the study were encouraging as they prove that IT managers are seeing security as "a management issue that can be planned for and controlled."
"Viruses may still dominate the IT agenda but it's clear that there is a general move in the direction of bringing organization and process to the problem," he added.
Another survey earlier this week (as reported in SC Magazine here) found that 91 per cent of European IT managers believed they had complete or good IT security protection, but only 30 per cent were protecting themselves against common risks such as phishing, spyware and hacking tools.