Deception Technology – the Ultimate Early Threat Detection

Evolv Networks unpacks one of the most important IT Security Trends, not just of 2018, but of the last few years…

Technology is what has made the modern world possible, it has no morals or philosophy, yet it can be used both for great benefit to all and to cause harm.

One of the continuous battlefields is IT security: Hackers and defenders are constantly searching for ways to “one-up” each other. Each measure developed by one to exploit the other eventually leads to a counter-measure, and on and on goes the dance between the two.

Deception Technology has come to the fore in recent times and in 2018 we can expect to see a rapid integration of Deception Technologies into the IT security landscape. So, what is it and how has it come to the fore of the marketplace, waving its way into the security landscape?

The Rise of Deception Technology

The Internet of Things (IOT) has already began to shape the way society operates – from smartphones, smart cars, automation trends, cyber-physical systems, all things related to data and cloud computing – these trends are broadly called the 4th Wave of Industrialization.

At the heart of all these trends is computer software. The IT security landscape and all that it encompasses is a major topic of discussion, action and innovation by nation states, businesses (both SME’s and corporates) and civil society organizations of all sizes. Individuals too have become highly sensitive and aware of the IT security threats.

With the increased diffusion of computer software into all facets of society, so have the risks of disruption caused by hackers. These cyberattacks, whether state or privately sponsored, can cause utter devastation to companies and individuals. The damage is often permanent – companies suffer a public relations nightmare as a result of hacks – clients view their personal data unsafe and not properly managed – leading to long term negative business growth potential and missed targets.

Turn the table on hackers

Intervening between the IT Security Defense Strategy and hacker battle, is Deception Technology. In essence, this ingenious method of defense creates traps and decoys that ensnare hackers into believing they have the access/data they want, when in actual fact, it is leading them into an effective software cul-de-sac.

Time is money when an attack, especially a zero-day attack, happens. Misdirecting the intruders on a network allows the relevant IT security personnel time to take the necessary action to defend the network from the threat, while hackers often have to double back on their path.

Defend zero-day exploits

Zero-day attacks are the deadliest forms of attacks because they are unforeseen, but Deception Technology can detect, analyse and defend against this, often in real time.

Deception software doesn’t need attack signatures – a unique arrangement of information used to identify an attacker’s attempt to exploit an operating system or application’s vulnerability. This means that a hack can be tracked immediately once a ‘’camouflaged trap’’ has been triggered.

Deception software alerts both the networks security system and the relevant personal of the breach, allowing for quick analysis of the attack and increasing the speed and ability of countermeasures to be implemented effectively.

Deception Technology – tried and tested

Deception Software has grown to a billion-dollar industry in 2016. With an annual growth rate of just over 15%, it is expected to reach a value of over two billion dollars in 2021.

The reasons for this growth are not only because Deception Technology further secures the IT security landscape, it is also relatively cost effective and easy to implement. It acts as a catalyst companion and syncs well with existing business network security solutions.

As we use more devices, so we become more vulnerable to the threats that hackers have on the functioning of society. Whether seen through a corporate, social or government lens, Deception Technology should be considered a vital component of the modern-day IT Security Landscape.

The time to act is today. Ensure you are armed with the next generation intrusion detection and response system with minimal effort in deployment.