As the United States is getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend, many organizations will be either closing completely from Thursday until Sunday, or they will run on skeleton staff performing minimal operations.

Unfortunately, the rest of the world also know this, and invariably, I see an uptick in the more advanced probing and scanning attempts against my networks during exactly that time. If you are responsible for information security in your organization, make sure you have some bare minimal monitoring coverage in place and assign the staff to review at least once a day what's going. Have your escalation processes documented (and tested) before everybody leaves.

Of course, if you happen to be in retail, you're pretty much out of luck, as you'll be heading into one of the busiest days of the year.

Happy Thanksgiving!