Given the media hype around the Conficker worm (and now Gumblar), and the constant barrage of alarming disclosure announcements, I thought it would be a good time to take a calmer look at some of the security myths, misconceptions and mistruths that plague the industry.
Many of these cyber security myths have been around for close to a decade. They have driven marketing campaigns and have sold a lot of traditional newspapers. But for the most part these threats have proven much less dangerous than ballyhooed. Worse, they distract us from addressing the routine problems that lead to a more secure global IT environment. Until we can address every day vulnerabilities threats, how can we justify focusing on exotic edge cases? (more…)