Cyber attacks have been on the rise for the past five years and are projected to occur every 11 seconds by 2021. The frequency and sophistication of new-age cyber attacks means cybersecurity efforts need to extend beyond traditional defense methods. As more entities implement offensive cybersecurity, global spending on cybersecurity is expected to reach $133.7 billion in 2022. As a part of these offensive cybersecurity efforts, many companies are implementing proactive measures such as honeypots and deception technology to protect from attack.
In 1986, Clifford Stoll, the newest systems manager at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL), was asked to investigate a 75 cent inconsistency in LBL’s computer usage accounting report, as it cost $300/hour to use their computers. After discovering the discrepancy wasn’t an ordinary accounting error, Stoll gathered a number of computer terminals from his office, placed fake government secrets on the terminals, and connected the terminals to office phone lines. With this set up, if an external user logged into the computer network, Stoll would be able to trace them to their origin. Just as Stoll had suspected, an external user logged in from Germany, meaning the 75 cent discrepancy was caused by a hacker. Upon further investigation, it was uncovered that this hacker (and his cohorts) was using LBL’s systems to hack into other highly sensitive computer systems to uncover United States secrets to sell to the KGB.
Stoll’s rig of office computers and phone lines is often considered the first use of honeypot technology. However, honeypot software only came into widespread use around 1999, when companies and research organizations started using breach detection software to study how hackers interact within secure environments. Honeypot security networks use certain bits of data to lure attackers into certain systems. It then traps attackers in that system so that businesses can learn about the hackers methods, tactics and motivations before an actual attack takes place.
The term sandboxing, which was originally coined for the process of testing artificial intelligence applications in a separate, secure environment, has been around since the 1970s. In today’s day and age, sandboxing refers to a security mechanism designed to provide a layer of protection to network systems by allowing users to deploy code on a variety of machines in separate environments. This process allows users to identify the potential dangers of various code without running the risk of infecting an actual host environment.Honeypot Software:
Unlike Sandbox technology, which is completely separate from the host network or servers, honeypot security creates a vulnerability in the host’s servers that is deliberately highlighted for hackers to use. Honeypots attempt to entice hackers to steal valuable information, passwords or other encrypted data to allow users to analyze how this malicious actor interacts with the environment.
With the growing attack vector, it is vital that companies remain vigilant and proactive when it comes to cybersecurity. Breach detection software aims to learn about the types of attacks that hackers are deploying before businesses suffer from actual cyber attacks. In the past, these types of advanced security tactics were only used by the types of institutions that suffered frequent attacks (government and financial institutions, hospitals, etc.). Now, with the help of next generation technologies, any business can be proactive with top-tier cybersecurity solutions.
RevBits Deception Technology is a fully automated honeypot software that provides insight into network attacks so organizations can detect, track and respond to sophisticated cybersecurity threats in real-time. RevBits deception solution is so advanced that it detects attacks that would not be picked up by other types of cybersecurity software or monitoring. RevBits Deception Technology accurately leads attackers astray by making them think they have infiltrated a real network and are gathering important, encrypted data. In reality, this allows enterprises to learn more from the hacker than they are learning from the system they think they have infiltrated.
RevBits Deception Technology is an easy to install and deploy deception solution software that uses actual servers and advanced automation to make it impossible for hackers to recognize they are fake. With RevBits Deception Technology, it’s easy to get an in-depth understanding of internal and external threats. Along with RevBits Deception Technology, RevBits experts send a report to system administrators to immediately alert them of a hacker’s presence, the information that was gathered and the next steps organizations need to take.