Banking on Fear?
Looking to ride the publicity wave generated by the SQL Slammer worm that wreaked havoc on networks worldwide, some of the biggest names in the software security industry are rushing to hawk early detection and warning systems for Internet attacks. Dueling announcements from Symantec and Network Associates outlined the importance of detecting and warning about hacker attacks in the early stages to avoid widespread propagation, but one analyst believes many security firms are helping to create fear and uncertainty to bump up software sales. John Pescatore, a security analyst at Gartner, told internetnews.com the incessant warnings about cyber-terrorism don’t “make a lot of sense.” He said many software vendors are overstating the threat in the wake of the mainstream media’s reporting on the Slammer worm. Full Story