During these years when a holiday just can’t be any scarier than the other 364 days, it’s easy to forget that some spectres aren’t what they seem. Some of them are Old Lady Nather under the ghost sheet. Others are clowns, but not the kind that inhabits your nightmares, just the expo halls. If you’ve been haunted by Zero Trust, SASE, SSE, XDR, and other mysterious incantations, it’s time to take a look at them in the clear light of day and see what they really mean for security today and tomorrow. It’ll be okay, I promise.