And just like that, Christmas is nearly upon us. Those of you who reside in the shimmering world of technology may be taking a moment to sigh relief, as you made it through another year without a total meltdown. Others, however, are popping Advil as they try to deal with the result of users who just don’t know how to restrain themselves from clicking links. Dreamy tales of sugarplum fairies and eight tiny reindeer are hijacked by nightmares of malware, Trojans and botnets, and like The Chipmunks, IT administrators squeak out, “we can hardly stand the wait, please get the damn holidays over with, already!” Okay, it doesn’t rhyme, but at this point, all some people want to do is hunker down with a giant vat of egg-nog and ride out the spam storm.
We’ve seen a tumultuous year in spam, with stories of companies getting slammed for poor behavior. The threats are everywhere, especially during the holiday season, which begins earlier each year. And it doesn’t stop with spam, because as all good IT people know, the interconnection between everything creates a web of risks that threatens to topple us on just one thin strand. Thanks to the likes of Target, for example, we lose faith entirely in any kind of secure transaction processing. The US retailer somehow let 40 million credit card numbers get out in the wild, and that was over a three week period at the most treacherous time of the year for information breach.