How Deception Technology Defends Against Attackers

Cyber incidents are on the rise, and today’s cybercriminals continue to find new ways to breach systems, every day. Nefarious actors are continually evolving their tactics, tools, and methods and are demonstrating that they can bypass traditional cybersecurity controls. That’s why today’s organisations need a different approach. 


Today, many organisations are turning to deception technology to enhance defenses with early in-network detection and and critical attacker intelligence. Deception-based threat detection shifts the power from cybercriminals to the defender with a unique approach that reduces risk, accelerates incident response, and improves the overall effectiveness and efficiency of existing security controls.

What is deception technology?

Deception technology is a cybersecurity defense that turns the table on attackers by deceiving and misdirecting them into revealing themselves. For years, attackers have successfully used deception tactics for breaching networks, whether it’s masquerading as legitimate employees, using stolen credentials or employing other deceptive measures.  Deception technology provides defenders with the capacity to outmaneuver the attacker, force them to execute flawlessly and ultimately derail their efforts using their own approach of deception.

How does deception technology work?

Deception works by using deceive traps and lures designed to attract an attacker into engaging and away from production assets. Decoys are projected throughout the network along with endpoint credentials, mapped shares, deception data or applications that will breadcrumb the attacker back to an engagement server that will alert on the presence of an attacker.


What are the benefits of deception technology?

Unlike tools that only deflect an attacker, critical intelligence collected by deception technology makes the analysis, response, and remediation more efficient. Attackers can be accurately and rapidly identified, contained, and removed from the environment, while native integrations incorporate deception seamlessly into the existing security stack for accelerated blocking, isolation and threat hunting.

  • Early detection of in-network threats and continuous assessment of security perimeter controls reliability
  • Comprehensive threat deception fabric, including endpoint lures, deceptive credentials, applications, and data
  • Scalable detection across all attack surfaces including on-premises, remote, cloud and hybrid deployments
  • Low operational overhead with machine-learning, preparation, deployment and management of deception assets and high-fidelity detection alerts


In conclusion

The relative ease with which sophisticated attackers have learned to bypass perimeter defenses has shifted the focus of detection and defense inside the network. Deception technology offers an effective way to gain eyes-within-the-network visibility and accurate detection alerting based upon decoy engagement or attempts to use deception credentials.

To learn more about deception technology or implement within your organisation, get in touch with us. Through our partnership with Attivo Networks, we can help your organisation deploy, manage and scale a comprehensive deception technology solution.

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