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Hewlett-Packard chief executive Meg Whitman might as well have been wearing a Boogeyman costume when addressing a crowd in London during an HP customer event. While there, she warned listeners that a mega-sized cyber terrorist attack is pretty much a foregone conclusion, that it's mostly a matter of when, not if, it will happen. But fear not, HP will be there to save the day, if you call upon the company.
According to Whitman, a "cyber attack of 9/11 scale" has a high probability of taking place sooner than later, and HP customers would be wise to recognize the "threat of global terrorism" that's on the horizon, V3.co.uk reports. On a more comforting note, Whitman promised to "darken the skies with the magnitude of our response and will work your agenda, not ours," when it comes to dealing with cyber shenanigans.
Only time will tell if HP's chief has a legitimate concern or if she's resorting to scare tactics to drive sales of enterprise security products. Either way, she brings up some valid points for businesses to think about.
"With the influx of mobility and cloud, the access points [to businesses] are now infinite. Threats have become sophisticated, persistent, and unpredictable," Whitman added, according to ITPro.co.uk.