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Twas’ the night before Christmas and all through the cloud, not aCISO was stirring, none clicking a mouse.

Vulnerability scans were running on the servers with care, in hopes that no hackers soon would be there.


The admins were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of compliance danced in their

With the system running smoothly, I was off watch, so I settled into my chair, drinking some scotch.


When out on the Pastebin there arose such a dump, I sprang up from relaxing to see who was the chump.

Away to the SEIM I flew like a flash, overflowing with logs, the server did crash!


The light from the screen on the laptop did glow, giving the luster of mid-day to the keyboard below.

When, what to my wondering eyes I did see, my system getting pwnedright in front of me.


With a sly little hacker, so lively, so quick, I knew in a moment I was going to be sick.

With rapid SQL injection the attack came, I freaked out, and shouted and called out my pain;


Not passwords! Not logins! Not the CEO’s address! Not credit cards! Not socials! Oh the distress!

From databases to files shares, his spiders did crawl! The hacker, he took it. He took it all!


Like systems protected by disreputable cads, when they meet with an obstacle, you know it will be bad.

Into the cloud my data it flew, with my Christmas bonus, and job security too.


And then, in a twinkling, I heard on my phone, the CIO was calling, with his custom ringtone.

As he yelled in my ear, and I grew a big frown, I thought, ‘don’t tell him the network is down.’


His anger was growing, from his head to his feet, and my career was tarnished by this hacker, who seemed pretty L33T.

With a few choice words and a click of his phone, for the second time in five minutes I was pwned.


I spoke not a word, I was so mad at this jerk, and coffee filled my mug as I got straight to work,

And laying my finger atop of the keys, I cried out, ‘SecureState, helpChristmas Ken Stasiakme please!’


I browsed to their website, for their number to ring, and Incident Response came quickly to handle everything.

But I heard the consultant exclaim, as he drove out of sight,


“Should have hired SecureState last fall, and prevented this plight.”