Cyber December – Holiday Hacking Month

Ahh, the holidays. It’s a time of year like no other. Family gatherings, close friends, feasts, good will, the holiday spirit, warm and cozy moments, the perfect gift – these are just some of the wonderful things the holidays have to offer.

But aside from a rare and lucky few, most of us know the holidays can also be a bit like an Allstate commercial, with mayhem always seeming to lurk around the happy moments. Holiday shopping, crowds, sales events, traffic, airport delays, expectations, family political discussions, well – you get the picture – mayhem and stress!

In today’s cyber-entwined society, it’s in this darker side of the holidays where cyber criminals thrive. So much so, your team at Global Digital Forensics (GDF) thinks it’s about time this crazy month gets some attention – a name, a movement for added awareness – so we’re going to chime in with “Cyber December – Holiday Hacking Month.” Remember it, and keep it mind.

While it’s true Black Friday and Cyber Monday happen at the end of November, those two days are like appetizers for the cybercrime world. They’re just cracking their knuckles and warming up, the actual feast comes in December, with the main dish being served between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

It makes perfect sense really, cybercriminals bank on deception, and nothing helps with deception like a little mayhem and chaos to distract you.

When Black Friday and Cyber Monday roll around, you’re still fresh. You’ve still been functioning in normalcy and your guard is up. But then come the distractions, things like the office parties start, the holiday shopping intensifies, and you start seeing bills and shipping statements from strange places. People in the office start taking vacation (and of course they post it on social media so the whole world knows) and someone else who’s in over their head is temporarily filling in, or they do work from outside on unsecure equipment through insecure channels.

By the time the super-spike week between Christmas and New Year’s comes around, everyone in the organization is at their most frazzled and distracted, just waiting for that little break before everything goes back to normal again. You know it, hackers know it, everyone knows it … the question is, are you going to become a victim before it’s over?

The best piece of free advice we can give you is to get and stay FATT for Cyber December (Focus, pay Attention, and Take your Time), because social engineering attempts are running rampant this time of year (phishing, spear phishing, vishing, honeypot drops, promotional scams, impersonation, etc.), and it only takes one successful attack to compromise an entire organization.

But don’t fret, you’re not alone. GDF wishes you and yours only the best the holidays have to offer and a prosperous and joyous New Year! But should you need us any time in Cyber December or beyond, we’re only a phone call away.

Our offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 25, 2018, for Christmas Day and Tuesday, January 1, 2018, for New Year’s Day. But, in the event you do experience a cyber incident, GDF will have Emergency Incident Response Teams on call 24/7 throughout the holiday season to assist with any cyber intrusion or data breach emergency should the unthinkable occur. Simply call us at 1-800-868-8189, and we’ll be ready to guide you through it.