The concept of a “honeypot” has been around for some time. But in the context of cybersecurity — specifically, a network environment — the honeypot appears as an external site that lures in hackers and captures information about their breach methods.
Production honeypots, which are quick and easy to deploy (though ultimately capture only limited information), are sometimes used within a corporation’s own cybersecurity initiatives. Research honeypots, more sophisticated and capturing more detailed intelligence, have been a common tactic of cybersecurity analysts and more advanced operations for some time.
In the cybersecurity programs of today, the honeypot concept has evolved into a broader framework, known as deception technology. Deception technology centers on decoy resources, such as network assets, phony credentials and other types of information with no legitimate means of access. Any time one of these resources has been accessed, the organization knows it has captured a hack attempt and can gather information about it to improve prevention and detection processes.
Emerging in the cybersecurity market are products and solutions that simplify, automate and streamline the deployment of decoys and assist in gathering information. Such products have begun to gain traction for their potential to shift the balance in cybersecurity more in favor of the network’s defenders.
Prior to the introduction of decoys, cybersecurity battles naturally favored the hacker, who only needed to succeed once in a breach. The defense, meanwhile, must be successful time and time again at thwarting attempts.
By essentially misguiding hackers’ efforts, decoys can substantially change this dynamic.
Companies and organizations that would like to benefit from deception technologies should consider how these resources best fit into their network structures. An audit of the existing network is a good place to start; every firm’s situation is different, and a one-size-fits-all approach does not apply.
Consulting with specialist groups in cybersecurity is a wise move for making sure your networks are configured for effective use of deception technologies. Lunarline has helped state-of-the-art security teams enhance their defenses and our experts are up to speed in the latest in deception technologies. For more information on how we can help you, contact us online today.