A Cybersecurity Night Before Christmas

clarkMy friend Paul Ferrillo (@PaulFerrillo) shared a cybersecurity version of the Night Before Christmas that I thought was brilliant. Wanting to be sure and properly credit this fine work, I asked Paul about attribution … since we can never be too confident in attribution, after all, yet it is critically important. Paul then confessed that it was not his original work but that of his AI poem-bot which, to me, is even more remarkable.

Here is Paul’s AI poem-bot’s version of the Cybersecurity Night Before Christmas:

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, except for Fancy Bear.
The computers were humming by the chimney with care,
exfiltrating data that soon would be not there.
The incident response staff were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of sleep filled night danced in their heads.
When out of the SIEM there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
And I said Darn, I wished I had installed that machine learning solution I heard about at RSA.
Happy Holidays to all!

Here is our conversation with the original post so if you enjoyed it, hop on over and let Paul know with your comments: www.linkedin.com/hp/update/6218155148829552640

Merry Christmas, friends, and a very Happy New Year!

p.s., if you want to know some of Paul’s thoughts on how to have more effective cybersecurity, without working really hard like Clark Griswold and washing machines, check out our article 7 Strategies to Win the Cyber “Space Race” and the discussion of using AI and machine learning.


Shawn Tuma (@shawnetuma) is a business lawyer with an internationally recognized reputation in cybersecurity, computer fraud, and data privacy law. He is a Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Partner at Scheef & Stone, LLP, a full-service commercial law firm in Texas that represents businesses of all sizes throughout the United States and, through its Mackrell International network, around the world.

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