Deception technology is employed to minimize damage and protect an organization's true digital assets. A security protection strategy that lures cybercriminals away from an organization's real assets, deception technology diverts them to decoys and traps that mimic legitimate servers, applications, data and credentials.
A strong and mature security posture protects against all unauthorized access, and deception technology is valuable for mitigating damage and loss, by trapping bad actors that may have breached other cybersecurity measures.
By analyzing how cyber criminals break into the security perimeter and attempt to damage systems and steal, or hold data for ransom, security analysts are able to study the attempted attack life-cycle in full. Many organizations deploy deception servers to record the movements of malicious actors from the initial unauthorized access to their interactions with the decoys. The servers log and monitor all vectors used throughout the attack, capturing valuable information to help the security team develop stronger security measures and prevent similar future attacks.
Reduce attack time on the network - Decoy and trapping assets allow the security teams to stop the attack from spreading, and are able to capture the attackers, all while protecting the organization’s legitimate assets. Conversely, if the attacker realizes their attempt has failed, they will immediately abandon the attack, effectively decreasing the attacker's time on the network.
Accelerate time to detect and remediate threats – A cyberattack on decoy assets enable security teams to study the attack behavior and movements. When unauthorized access is discovered, or unusual behaviors are observed on decoy assets, IT and security teams can take immediate action. This capability expedites the time to discover and address threats, without putting real assets at risk.
Reducing alert fatigue – An onslaught of security alerts will quickly overwhelm IT and security teams. Deception technology notifies them when there is a breach of the perimeter, and the attacker is about to interact with decoy assets.
Conduct breach analysis – The entry point and subsequent behaviors of a cyber attacker has valuable information for IT security analysts. They can analyze attack activity and garner critical data that can be used to strengthen network security to better protect the organization from future attacks.
Reduce false positives and risk - With myriad single-function security products and tools, the number and frequency of alerts can be overwhelming. The noise and false positives cause IT and security teams to react, whether they need to or not. If they become overwhelmed to the point of not being able to respond to all alerts, they may not react when there is a crucial need. Deception technology reduces the number of alert incidents that create false positives.