Ready for Cyber Monday?

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Online ShoppingFor ambitious shoppers, Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) provides an opportunity to score some great deals online from the comfort of their own home or office.  According to ISACA, the IT governance association, 63% of people of all ages say they will shop online from their workplace computer at least once during the holiday season.

Cyber Monday, which is viewed as the start of the online holiday shopping season, provides plenty of deals to kickoff the season with a bang. is predicting 53.5% of workers will be shopping for holiday gifts at work on this single day.

What does this mean for you as a network administrator?  Well, as your fellow bargain-hungry employees are scouring the web for deals, you will likely be faced with higher bandwidth consumption, increased network traffic, and potential security risks.

The good news is there are steps you can take to mitigate these risks.  Network World released “11 Security Tips for Black Friday, Cyber Monday”, which features easy and important tips to protect your organization.  From ensuring your security software is on to using address verification systems, these tactics will help an organization avoid the problems associated with Cyber Monday.

Of course, you might be able to guess our favorite tip on the list here at WhatsUp Gold, “Monitor the networks”.  This will help you pinpoint weaknesses in the network and identify a breach if one occurs.

With Flow Monitor, a WhatsUp Gold plug-in, you can track and resolve bandwidth issues and network traffic or congestion problems.  Therefore, you can ensure critical business applications will receive the necessary bandwidth to perform.

So as you monitor your network today, remember it’s as simple as “green is good”.  And that’s just as good as the day’s bargains.

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