I finally ran across an Art Of War quote from my handy calendar that definitely does not apply to information security. Even if vendors try to convince you otherwise.
If you carry on alliances with strong countries, your enemies won't dare to plot against you.Alliances with strong countries (i.e. security vendors) will NOT protect you from the attempts of the bad guys to get into your network, application or systems. I would even venture to say that for some of the black hats they consider it a challenge and the stronger the defense the harder they work to penetrate it. Especially if they think that there is something worthwhile waiting on the other side.
Sun, I'm sorry to say that you have let me down on this one. I can see Amrit smiling now. :)