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CMP publishes list of Ten top Security Myths, targets Security Epidemic

Dark Reading published a list of IT's Biggest Security myths. These include data loss epidemics, Linux and the Mac OS as Windows insurance policies and Anti-virus software is 100 percent effective.

The article included some of the conventional wisdom surrounding risks and practices in the IT security space.

The ‘security epidemic’ myth is one of ten prevailing myths identified in Dark Reading's story, ‘Top Ten Myths of IT Security,’ which debunks some of the conventional wisdom surrounding risks and practices in the IT security space.

Corporations have become much more public about recent security violations, largely because of new laws that require them to notify users of potential data losses. But despite the increase in public disclosure, the actual incidence of security violations has not increased.

Dark Reading also offers some hard truths on antivirus tools: They don't stop new viruses. On the 20th anniversary of ‘Brain,’ the first reported virus, security administrators are still plagued by viruses, worms, and malware.

Recent studies show that viruses are still by far the greatest cause of security-related financial losses -- even though 98 percent of respondents have deployed antivirus software.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.