Magazine article Security Management

Are Security Problems Being Exaggerated?

Magazine article Security Management

Are Security Problems Being Exaggerated?

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In the months before this landmark year began, security technology vendors, among others in the field, predicted a wide array of mayhem and tumult, from rampant virus infestations to hacking fests to total system failures. As everyone knows by now, few of these feared disasters actually came to pass, which has led many to question whether the fears were unwarranted and whether vendors exaggerated the magnitude of potential damage from security issues to increase sales.

This question was taken up in a recent poll by SecurityFocus.com, and the answer was a resounding yes, but with qualifications. Vendors do exaggerate risks, said respondents, but doing so is useful if it directs attention to security issues, they added. Because many companies have little understanding of bow their lack of security exposes them to the wide range of digital risks, the sensational headlines and marketing ploys may serve a purpose if they make businesses more aware, agreed several respondents. They also agreed that a knowledgeable IT manager could sift through the so-called "salesspeak."

Nicolas Stampf, a French security consultant, tells Security Management that the distinction between legitimate warnings about security issues and instigating paranoia is not clearly defined. …

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