Saturday, April 14, 2012

HP Ships Virus-Infected Flash Card with ProCurve Switch - PC Market Share Data

Hewlett Packard shipped ProCurve switches with a virus-infected compact flash card that could compromise a personal computer, according to articles published last week. Hewlett-Packard released a statement that said it had "corrected potential security vulnerability."

This is kind of a “whoops” for a company the size of Hewlett-Packard that has a major investment in security. Among their products are network security appliances (the TippingPoint acquisition falls under this group), and firewalls (in the Niche portion of Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls)> they also offer Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) and Threat Management Systems (TMS) (Tipping Point solutions, as well). This isn’t a Meg Whitman problem. It probably provided a Maalox moment for a few more senior people in the security division.

On a more positive note, Gartner has reported that Hewlett Packard was the top PC vendor, with 15.31 million units shipped during Q1 2012. Shipments improved 3.5% year over year to 17.2%. Lenovo was second with a 13.1% market share, up 28.0% year over year. This could be a sign that HP has made the right decision by choosing not to shed the personal computer division.

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