The next wave of IT security innovation will be driven by virtualisation technology, VMWare's security strategist Nand Mulchandani has predicted.
In the next three to five years, security suppliers will achieve higher levels of security using virtualisation than is possible in the physical world, according to Mulchandi.
"We will potentially see a whole new range of security products that look vastly different to what we have today," he said.
Technologies in the virtual datacentre such as distributed resource scheduling, for example, could be used to launch security system scans on personal computers when not in use. They could also enable application firewalling on demand.
"Machines could be security-scanned and patched offline to avoid any disruption to work and the next time the user logs in a fresh system will be loaded that has been fully updated," Mulchandi said.
He added that security suppliers had reached the limit of talking about the speed of signature updates and were now looking to virtualisation as a way forward.
"The more security suppliers become aware of what is possible through virtualisation, the more interesting things are going to get," he said.