Those cute little ghoulies, ghosties and goblins have come and gone, leaving behind only sticky doorbells and their icky chocolate fingerprints. Your own kids have emptied their candy bags and are now sleeping off their annual sugar benders. But as you hit the sack after another Halloween, what workplace horrors will visit you in the still of the night? And when you return to work, what fantastic beasts will await to fright your day?\n\nYou may encounter...\n\nBeasts of the C-Suite Sometimes they call themselves your peers but suddenly, without warning, they can turn into boardroom behemoths, terrifying bottom-line bullies demanding that you demonstrate the value of that sweet new system you\u2019ve just rolled out.\n\n Hackeri Horribilli They\u2019re out there, waiting to smash through your firewall and all your carefully crafted security. Some species of Hackeri Horribilli are kids, out for fun. Others are mobsters, out for a score.\n\n The Mandate Vampires Blood-sucking regulators who descend on your enterprise in order to feed and fatten off your ever-dwindling IT budget.\n\n Master CFO Gimlet-eyed, an abacus where his heart should be, Master CFO first reduces all your hopes and dreams, your plots and schemes, to figures on a spreadsheet and then wraps you in said spreadsheet so tightly you...just...can\u2019t...breathe.\n\n The ROI-Sucking Serpent This terrifying reptile is a shape-shifter. Sometimes it appears as a deceptively harmless project overrun; sometimes as a Brobdignagian application backlog; sometimes an upgrade; sometimes a new licensing fee. Whatever form it takes, its poison is deadly to CIOs.\n\n Data of the Undead You thought you deleted that compromising e-mail. But, no, it can never be purged. And it will return to haunt you\u2014followed closely by all-too-real SEC investigators.\n\n The Stakeholder Hydra\n A many-headed creature, each head demands action (immediately!) on yet another functionality that (it hisses) is absssolutely mission critical. The Hydra rips projects apart and devours them right before the CIO\u2019s horrified eyes.\n\n The Streaming Video Succubus Why are your service levels declining? Why is your WAN clogged? Why (for heaven\u2019s sake) isn\u2019t anybody working? It\u2019s the seductive Streaming Video Succubus, absorbing your bandwidth and bringing everything to a grinding halt while your employees\u2019 eyes glaze over. How can it be exorcised? No one knows.\n\n Swarming Locusts of SpamThey devour server space, not to mention your staff\u2019s time. These are one of the seven signs of the end of the enterprise. Be afraid, be very afraid.