TrapX Technology Uses Deception to Ensnare Attackers
TrapX received a $9 million injection of fresh capital to help fund its deception-based technologies, which are designed to lure and trap attackers.The idea of using a honeypot, a deliberately attractive and vulnerable server as a way to trap attackers, is not new, but it's a concept that security vendor TrapX is aiming to expand upon with its deception-based technology platform.
TrapX announced July 10 that it raised $9 million in Series B funding from Intel Capital, Liberty Israel Venture Fund, BRM Group and Opus Capital. Total funding to date for TrapX stands at $14 million. The new funds are earmarked to help accelerate growth and finance research and development, said Greg Enriquez, CEO of TrapX. "The company is growing globally because deception technology is a priority for many security teams around the world," Enriquez told eWEEK. "Our deception technology offers a different approach to combating advanced threats and gives security teams visibility inside a network once an attacker has breached the perimeter." TrapX's deception technology works as a combination of on-premises and cloud-based applications, Enriquez explained. At the core of the platform is a lightweight emulation engine that looks to an attacker like a regular operating system. "Then we can put spin data on top of the operating system emulation and attract the attacker into the deception grid," Enriquez said. "Historically, honeypots and other deception technologies have used full operating systems that have to be managed, patched and monitored, whereas we have automated the deployment and management processes to help users identify and learn about attacks."
The spin data is any data that might make the deception servers an interesting target for an attacker. For example, data could be labeled as "employee information" or "credit card numbers" as a way to attract an attacker.
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