What is Deception Technology

Published on 11 January 2024
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What is Deception Technology

What is Deception Technology?

Cyber Security spending is at an all time high as most organizations realize that it isn’t a matter of if they will be breached but when. But despite all the investment and technology advances attackers are still succeeding in compromising organizations of all sizes and remaining undetected for long periods of time while they extract company secrets, take control of systems and encrypt data for ransom.

Deception technologies help security teams fight back by creating enticing decoy assets within their network that attackers can’t resist interacting with. These attacker interactions generate high fidelity alerts that the security team can use to detect, analyze and remediate threats as early in the attack chain as possible.

These decoy assets act as bait and provide coverage of the detection blindspots in traditional AV, EDR or network security solutions. The decoys are highly effective as regular users within your organization don’t need to interact with them so any interactions are automatically suspicious. This helps detect a wide range of attacks from a malicious insider probing around the network to a sophisticated threat actor attempting to move laterally from a compromised system. The high fidelity of deception technology alerts sets it apart from other solutions and leads to better security outcomes as less time is wasted chasing down false positives.

How do they work?

Decoy systems are deployed alongside existing production systems and from the attackers perspective are indistinguishable from real systems. As well as looking just like other systems they can emulate vulnerabilities that make them a very attractive target for attackers looking to compromise production systems or move laterally in the environment.

In addition to acting as the “canary down the coalmine” for attacks they can also be used to divert attacks away from critical systems, slow down attacks using fake data and provide valuable information about attackers and their techniques. This later benefit can be used to not only remediate attacks but provides intelligence that can inform your patching priorities and security investments.

In the past deploying decoy systems has been a resource intensive activity for security teams who have struggled to manually deploy, maintain and utilize decoy systems. Defused has removed the complexity with a SaaS based Deception Technology that deploys in minutes, scales to meet the needs of any organization and has almost zero learning curve. Defused uses advanced dynamic decoys that remove the need to constantly create new virtual machines so security teams can spend their time mitigating threats and not deploying decoys.

Where does deception fit in my security strategy?

Deception technologies are part of a defense in depth strategy and don’t replace the need for traditional endpoint or network security solutions. Instead they compliment them by providing visibility of when attackers evade traditional detection solutions and high fidelity alerts that reduce dwell time and alert fatigue while providing valuable context on the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) that are being used in your environment. \ Every organization can benefit from using deception technologies as part of their security stack to provide post exploitation detection coverage, unmask hidden threat actors within their network and break attack chains that would otherwise impact the organization. With Defused you get an easy to deploy, low maintenance and high fidelity security solution that helps you stay ahead of cyber attacks no matter where they originate.

Ready to try deception?

If you are interested in trialing Defused deception technologies and seeing just how easy it is to enhance your visibility into attacks then visit https://console.defusedcyber.com/signup/ and get started in less than 30 minutes.