Saving the day is all in a day's work for those working in cybersecurity, but the job also comes with a fair amount of fingernail biting. Because of that, throughout October, we've been sharing stories about the monsters that keep us up at night and asked you to do the same.
We love a good ghost story, but October is also cybersecurity awareness month. With that in mind, we're shining a light on everyday threats and the people who fight them by rounding up a few of your own cybersecurity tales and adventures.
Swarm of Attacks Ravaged an Entire Industry
Malware can feel a lot like the digital version of a zombie apocalypse: It can spread indiscriminately, infecting med, robust organizations and small ones alike, and once it starts, it can be hard to stop the attacks. One company found themselves a tad too close to an outbreak, but successfully kept the organization from being infected.
Invite the Nice Man with the Pokey Teeth in. What Could Go Wrong?
Say you live in New Orleans, Sunnydale, or—stay with us here—Forks, WA, and mysterious bite marks started showing up as a leading cause of death. You would tend to be a little suspicious of any stranger with dated fashion choices, pale skin, and pointy teeth. In fact, you'd probably do anything you could to prevent anyone with that description from entering your house.
When one security professional tried to close the door and uninvite attackers, the people in charge of the bottom line thought it wasn't worth the hassle.
True to form, vampires only strike after dark.
And security professionals are the ones who save the day.
Battle Worn? We Hear You.
In the cyberdefense industry, we know all too well that the threats lurking in the night (and day) are very real and very persistent. Our job is to try to make it easier, but for many people in the IT field, fighting them off is still downright exhausting. What keeps one security professional up at night?
Let's face it, cyberdefense can be a high-stakes, high-stress line of work.
Ransomware is a real-life monster, and keeping them out of your network is a never ending battle that every cybersecurity and IT professional faces. The good news is, a lot of you are winning your battles, even if the war against these threats is far from over.
Thanks for sharing your stories, and have a happy Halloween!