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Gartner presumes new technologies are being held back

by Nikola Strahija on June 12th, 2005 Some organisations are holding back on the deployment of new technologies because of exaggerated IT security risks, according to Gartner.


The analyst firm took a shot at what it defined as the five most over-hyped threats at the end of the IT security conference at Stanford, Connecticut HQ, last week.

According to Gartner, the five most over-hyped security threats are: Internet Protocol (IP) telephony is unsafe; Mobile malware will cause widespread damage; “Warhol Worms" will make the Internet unreliable for business traffic and virtual private networks (VPNs); Regulatory compliance equals security; Wireless hot spots are unsafe.

-Many businesses are delaying rolling out high productivity technologies, such as wireless local area networks (WLANs) and IP telephony systems because they have seen so much hype about potential threats, said Lawrence Orans, principal analyst at Gartner.

Gartner analysts singled out the ideas that IP Telephony is unsafe and that mobile malware will be a big problem for particular scorn. -The reality is that security attacks are rare for IP telephony. IP telephony eavesdropping is the most over-hyped threat. Eavesdropping is unlikely to happen since it requires local area network (LAN)-based access to the intranet, besides which firms can always encrypt traffic.’

-Anti-virus vendors see huge potential profit opportunities in selling security solutions to billions of cell phone and PDA users, John Pescatore, vice president said. -In particular, the anti-viral industry sees cell phones as the way to grow sales outside of the PC market. However, device-side anti-viruses for cell phones will be completely ineffective. The most effective approach to blocking mobile malware will be to block it in the network, he added.


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