HP chief executive Meg Whitman has warned organisations to prepare for the possibility of a global cyber-attack that could have large-scale repercussions.
Whitman said that she believes a "cyber-attack of 9/11 scale" is likely to take place in the near future, while she was speaking at an HP customer event in London.
She said customers need to be aware of the "threat of global terrorism" and promised that HP would be on hand to help when such an attack does occur.
"We will darken the skies with our agenda to help organisations," she said.
Her comments should perhaps be taken with a pinch of salt, as they come as HP attempts to position itself as a leader in the security market.
Late last year HP established an enterprise security products business unit, and unified the security products it had recently acquired in a set of offerings that include SPI Dynamics, Fortify, Tipping Point and ArcSight.
Whitman said security is one of the biggest challenges facing chief information officers, and HP will help them protect their infrastructure.
Her other promise to CIOs was to help them with the big data challenge, and here she referenced HP's Next Generation Information Platform, an analytics platform HP revealed in November, based on Autonomy's unstructured data analytics engine and Vertica's analytics database.
While HP follows its rivals into both the security and big data analytics market, particularly the likes of IBM and EMC, the firm argued its offerings are just as competitive.
"Late to the game, I wouldn't buy that," said Paul Muller, HP Software Worldwide strategic marketing vice president, in response to a question from V3.
"We are offering customers differentiated products in security. They are about applying actionable intelligence and compliance."
Also at the event, Whitman reiterated earlier promises to increase the amount of money HP spends on research and development in the next few years. She pledged to bring back innovation at HP to "full force".
"People think HP is failing behind on innovation but it's not," said Whitman. "Innovation is alive and well at HP."
She also promised to simplify the HP business for the customer.
"We will simplify HP; the way in which it goes to market, the way we serve customers, and all its products and services."
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