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July 2003

Opinion: 2003 Gartner Hype Cycle for infosec is wrong on IDS

"Succumbing to vendor hype in the security management area can have expensive consequences." -From the introduction to Gartner Inc.'s "Hype Cycle for Information Security, 2003" By now you've read all about Gartner's much-ballyhooed Hype Cycle report, in which the esteemed analysts in Stamford advise us to trash our IDSes and invest all our shekels in integrated firewalls. Gartner's criticism of IDSes isn't wrong; its conclusions are. Expensive consequences, indeed. Gartner is living proof of P.T. Barnum's quip that "there's no such thing as bad publicity." Regardless of how you feel about its recommendations, the Hype Cycle report is worth its weight in marketing gold. "Step right up, folks, and get a glimpse of the future of information security!! What's hot? What's hype? For a mere pittance of $495, we'll reveal secrets of ageless wisdom!" A sucker born every minute? You bet. This isn't the first time Gartner has capitalized by stirring public sentiment on a controversial topic. Remember John Pescatore's 2001 recommendation ...

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