Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the house no words were spoken, just the click of a mouse

A cautionary tale from KPMG Alumni, Stan Gallo with sincere apologies to Clement Clark Moore and the KPMG Forensic team

Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the house
No words were spoken, just the click of a mouse
Searches conducted and gifts are bought
And paid online with hardly a thought

Recipients were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of tech toys danced in their heads
iPads and drones and smart robots galore
This is exactly what online shopping is for

When out of the router there came a loud beep
The WiFi Security had roused me from sleep
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter
When from my computer I heard a loud chatter

I looked at the screen and what should appear
But a hooded man, I imagined a sneer
And a Bitcoin symbol with gold adorned
I knew in a moment I must have been Pwned

Your data is ours and encrypted to boot
It will be returned for a small share of loot
What link did I click, What site did I visit
Is it really my fault – it isn’t – is it?

I meant to update the security protection
At least that’s my excuse – and my best recollection
What of my house with smart devices connected?
Could all of this tech at once be corrected?

And then, in a twinkling, I heard at the door
The Forensic team with gadgets galore
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around
Into the door, Forensic came with a bound

Alas I was lost – and about to crack up
Then I watched them restore the latest backup!
A wink of the eye and a twist of the head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread

With computer restored and IoT up to speed
I stood back and smiled at what they achieved
But what of my business with information so sensitive
And accounts and passwords..I became very tentative

The privacy laws – I hadn’t considered
And updated patching hadn’t yet been delivered
My IP needs protection, and a cyber-solution
It quickly became my New Year’s resolution

Problems resolved, I gave a loud cheer
I’ll get them to the office early next year
And I heard them exclaim, ere they drove out of sight



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