Trick or Treat! Do You Dare to Open the Door at Your Data Center?




We don’t think it’s any coincidence that National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) falls in the same month as Halloween. After all, what’s scarier than some of the scenarios government IT teams face while they are trying to protect vital data and national critical infrastructure, and do it all within this year’s operating budget? But, as we also know that every dark shadow you see lurking by your data center door, isn’t necessarily a goblin, vampire, or werewolf. In fact, it might just be the next generation of talented IT security specialists who’ve come a-calling.


To help us all distinguish between the tricksters and treaters this Halloween, GovDataDownload sat down with four of our resident experts – Rob Stein, Lee Vorthman, Kirk Kern, and Greg Gardner to talk cyber security best practices and Halloween traditions. Our resident experts, henceforth referred to by their initials – RS, LV, KK, and GG – gave us some insight into what constitutes a trick or a treat for federal IT workers and how best they can scare goblins from the data center door. In the process, they revealed their weakness for certain types of candy (peanut butter cups – LV) and strangely segued from discussing networking bugs to a deep seated fear of poisonous spiders (RS). As a word of advice, if there’s a Zombie Apocalypse in your neighborhood tonight, you’re going to want to call GG as he knows how to defeat them with candy corn.


Check out what our Four Experts of Apocalypse Avoidance recommend you do this Halloween, and every day of the year, to keep your physical and information assets secured.


Happy Halloween!