The pitfalls of cybersecurity shopping: hype and shoddy products
There’s a growing threat on the cybersecurity scene that could drain millions from unsuspecting businesses and leave them vulnerable to hacking threats.
It isn’t a new strain of ransomware. It’s the cybersecurity industry itself.
It’s ironic, but the products vendors sell, and the marketing they use, sometimes leave buyers misinformed and less secure, according to several business directors who actually buy the tech.
“There’s definitely a lot of vaporware,” said Damian Finol, an IT security manager at a major internet company. “There are definitely products that have really exaggerated claims about what they actually do.”
For some vendors, it’s more about the sale than about security, IT executives say. To close a deal, bad vendors tend to overpromise features that they claim will be added down the line but never materialize. That makes a buyer’s job harder.