Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you-oooou
Happy birthday to you!
Everyone claps and cheers, almost loud enough to cover up the WiFi cutting out the playlist Tara put together for your colleague’s birthday.
“Well, at least she’s not streaming it this time!” you think to yourself. Tara is renowned for her musical knowledge – she must have multiple USB’s that she brings in with every genre and era possible. The size of the files on the USB must be huge so sometimes she streams – the pirate something or other is a firm favourite of hers.
Bimela bursts in, “Excuse me sorry did I miss it, I’m sorry a customer was on the phone!”
Ever busy, Bimela never means to miss socials in the office. Or training for that matter as you make a mental note in your head to reschedule her security training course for the second time.
The crowd seems to disperse, cake in hand back to their desks. You take your slice and follow them, so much to do with year-end approaching – everyone’s been really stressed getting all their reports ready. Even Cameron who usually works in a whirlwind has been getting hot under the collar – he’s the go to for all information, he’s just a vat of knowledge. You fire him a quick email about some meetings later on in the week and straight away he replies. “So thorough” you think to yourself. “He never misses a thing”.
The day flies by, as it always does when it’s busy and there’s cake on offer – you go to shut your laptop down and are prompted for an update – may as well click yes as for once it’s not while you’re in the middle of something! A groan echoes from the back of the office, you know without turning around that it must be Pascal. He HATES updates – he gets so used to his computer working in a certain way, the updates change everything and now is not the time to learn how to navigate what he calls ‘a practically new system’. You smile as you pack your bag and say bye to Fabio next to you who’s frantically searching his notebook for a password before he heads off home too.
Your colleagues are great. Wilma holds open the door for you as you leave and chats about how she has been helping someone who’s not even a customer to set up their IT – similar to the infrastructures your company uses. Sounds interesting, but you’re keen to get home and get dinner on!
Wilma, the one who believes in the good in every person now in shock that a hacker is behind all this. Your brain is whirring, you feel panic rising but you need to stay calm. You recall hearing that cyber security measures from SysGroup were postponed by your company until after year end. You think to yourself “what a difference a few weeks would have made by doing it earlier.”
The office isn’t huge – 8 main departments but there’s also the coffee shop across the road that’s a firm favourite with many of your colleagues. So again, you narrow it down;
You feel like you’re making some progress. But a room is too vague. You need to know who’s device it entered on – it needs to be quarantined and scanned! You gather your colleagues who could have had the infected device for a meeting to determine what has happened. You do the old fashioned walk around the office to invite them to the boardroom to discuss. E-calendar invites were so much easier, but with the computers all off, what can you do? So off you go. In the boardroom ready to discuss sits:
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