Firewalls used to be considered sufficient protection for an organizations network. They are not anymore. The rapid growth of the Internet has provided hackers and other attackers with the ability to inflict major financial and public relations damage on an organization. Attackers are constantly developing new tools to exploit the applications necessary for an organization to maintain an Internet presence. As attackers develop more clever and imaginative methods to subvert or exploit the firewall, it has become apparent that advanced and layered security technologies are necessary to protect against hacker attacks.
One such technology that has gathered considerable attention from industry analysts and trade media is decoy-based intrusion protection, also known as “honeypot” technology. Honeypots, considered by many as the hottest new intrusion protection technology, are used to contain and control an attack. They are used much like deception techniques in warfare that divert enemies into attacking false troops or airfields. These systems can be applied to defend networked assets from todays savvy attackers waging a new kind of war on the enterprise.