Poor products compromise information security, conference told

News Article - Wednesday, 24 October 2007 11:37

Category: Security

A conference has heard that there are too many poor IT security products on the market, which is leading to failures to protect businesses from outside attacks, a conference has been told.

The chief operating officer of BT Counterpane, security expert Bruce Schneier, made his comments at the RSA security conference yesterday, computerworlduk.com reports.

He said the IT security industry was a "lemons" market, in which it was hard to tell which products were effective and which were not, adding: "For every company with a good product or service, there is at least one more company that capitalises on [the lemons market] to make a quick buck before customers find out."

Mr Schneier added that there needed to be more information for enterprises when seeking security products.

The growing security threat to IT users, both business and personal, was revealed by the latest Microsoft security intelligence report.

It found that in the first half of 2007 there was a 150 per cent worldwide increase in phishing scams and a 500 per cent increase in trojans, vnunet.com reports.

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