October 31, 2012, 10:08 AM — They're the stuff that nightmares are made of, the rude beasts that haunt IT pros' dreams and make them wake up in a cold sweat. Look closely and you'll start to see them everywhere.
Witness the bloodthirsty Warewolves who use software audits to squeeze more money from you, BYOD Vampires who suck down all the bandwidth from critical business apps, and mindless Keyboard Zombies who lose sensitive data and introduce malware to the network. You'll also need to be wary of malicious insiders (Ghosts in the Machine), attackers with an agenda (Frankenhackers), and rogue admins who threaten to hold your data ransom (Crypto Keepers).
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Perhaps the scariest of all: Shape-shifting managers who promise the world to customers and their bosses, then leave you to take the blame when they can't deliver.
Fortunately, silver bullets, wooden stakes, and exorcisms are available, if you know where to look. Here's how to venture forth without fear.