Companies have been losing out by failing to implement key emerging technologies because IT security risks associated with the technologies have been exaggerated, analysts have said.
Gartner has identified the five most over-hyped security threats: wireless hotspots; Warhol worms; mobile malware; IP telephony (IPT) and regulatory compliance.
“Many businesses are delaying rolling out technologies such as wireless LANs and IPT systems because they have seen so much hype about potential threats,” said Lawrence Orans, principal analyst at Gartner.
Gartner noted that security attacks on IPT are rare. The firm went on to predict that mobile malware will be little more than a “niche nuisance” in the foreseeable future.
Penetration of smartphones and PDAs with always-on wireless was estimated to be about three per cent in 2005. Gartner projects it to reach 10 per cent by the end of the year.
“Anti-virus vendors see huge potential profit opportunities in selling security solutions to billions of mobile and PDA users,” said John Pescatore, vice-president at Gartner.
But anti-virus vendors have hit back at suggestions that they are selling ineffective products. Sal Viveros, security expert at McAfee, said: “I disagree. Having network protection is a must, but you also need it at the device side to stop infections.”
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