How IT Professionals Are Using Honeypots to Protect Valuable Business Data



Protecting vital information assets has become increasingly complex. Smart IT pros use a variety of security tools, including honeypots to build a comprehensive data security strategy.

Messaging Architects, an eMazzanti Technologies company and data governance expert, reveals how IT pros are using honeypots to improve cybersecurity in a new article. The informative article first explains how honeypots work to attract unsuspecting cybercriminals.

The author then describes how IT professionals use different types of honeypots, such as spider honeypots or malware, to investigate different cyber threats. He then discusses developing effective security strategies, concluding with a caveat.

“Protecting critical information assets has become increasingly complex,†said Greg Smith, vice president of service delivery at Messaging Architects. “Smart IT professionals use a variety of security tools, including honeypots to build a comprehensive data security strategy. “

Below are some excerpts from the article titled “How IT Professionals Use Honeypots to Protect Valuable Business Data.”

How honey jars work

“To the hacker, a honeypot looks like a legitimate system, such as a billing system, a data-rich server, or even a simple email address. It can even contain what looks like real apps and data. To make the honeypot more attractive, its creators deliberately include security loopholes. For example, they can use weak passwords.

Different jars of honey for different threats

“Just as cybercriminals use a variety of attacks for different purposes, security professionals use a variety of honeypots. Low interaction honeypots, for example, include very little functionality for engaging hackers. Their goal is simply to learn the source of the attack. They require few resources to set up but also provide a minimum of information.

“Likewise, spider honeypots include web pages or links only accessible to automated crawlers. Once they trap an unwanted web crawler, or “spider,” they provide information on how to identify and block malicious bots. “

A word of warning

“However, these benefits come with risks. To get the most out of honeypots, security teams need to understand the limitations and dangers that come with them. For example, they collect detailed information, but only about attacks on the honeypot. This too narrow view can prove problematic.

Valuable tool in an overall security strategy

When deployed wisely, honeypots are a very effective component of a multi-layered cybersecurity strategy that includes intrusion detection and prevention, firewalls and more. Messaging Architects’ data security experts are helping organizations craft this strategy to minimize risk and realize the benefits of honeypots.

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Messaging Architects specializes in effectively managing and securing an organization’s most valuable asset, its information. With over 20 years of information management and technology consulting experience, the team of messaging architects has provided businesses, educational insights, healthcare facilities and nonprofit organizations with methodologies, procedures and technologies to keep their data organized, compliant and secure.

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