\u00a0 It\u2019s that time of year again, only this year it\u2019s bigger than ever. Online shopping at work is up this year, with bigger and better bargains than ever before. So what\u2019s security\u2019s role?\u00a0The numbers are apparently in, and Cyber Monday is getting bigger.\u00a0\u00a0 USA Today reported that Cyber Monday really clicks with consumers\u00a0 Here\u2019s are excerpts: \u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \u2026 traffic to many of the largest shopping websites soared 37% over last year's so-called Cyber Monday, \u2026\u00a0 More than 70% of retailers surveyed by BizRate Research planned to offer Cyber Monday promotions this year, up from 43% last year\u2026. CompUSA says online orders Monday, from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. CT, were up 48% from the same time frame a year ago\u2026.Other news reports made even bolder claims such as CyberMonday.com Traffic Triples: -\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 72 million consumers will shop online this year on Cyber Monday. Source: BIGresearch for Shop.org-\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 More than half (54.5%) of office workers with Internet access, or 68.5 million people, will shop for holiday gifts from work this year, up substantially from 50.7 percent in 2006 and 44.7 percent in 2005. Source: BIGresearch for Shop.org-\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Men are more likely to shop from work than women (57.3% vs. 51.7%) and young adults 18-24 years old are more likely to shop there than any other age group (72.9%). Source: BIGresearch for Shop.org\u00a0I know this issue is getting big when my wife even asks me, \u201cWhat\u2019s up with this Cyber Monday thing?\u201d In fact, many article point out that Cyber Monday is actually a marketing ploy and other shopping days leading up to Christmas are even bigger. See:\u00a0Cyber Monday: Myth and RealityGovernment Technology Magazine asked\u00a0 What is Grinch.exe and What Should Organizations Do about It?\u00a0\u00a0Their article warns of the dangers of too much surfing by staff and offers fairly simplistic recommendations:1) Define an appropriate application control policy2) Monitor your PCs3) Understand where the vulnerable applications are in your network.4) Be aware of new vulnerabilities5) Stop unwanted software before it executesI find it\u00a0interesting that one of Government Technology\u2019s next articles reports:\u00a0 Eighty-Five Percent of Public Lack Confidence in Local Government's Computer Security, Survey Reveals \u00a0So my question to readers is what is your organization doing about this trend, besides issuing policies? In Michigan, we send reminder e-mails to staff reminding them regarding holiday e-cards and shopping online hazards. We also monitor the traffic and behaviors of our employees. We try our best to do each of the things recommended by the Center for Digital Government \u2013 with many controls in place, but we're certainly not perfect.\u00a0 Can you share any experiences?