Cybersecurity is in the headlines as never before, commanding greater executive attention. As the need for cybersecurity solutions has grown, record numbers of new technologies have emerged to fill the demand. But despite growing cyber spending, budgets for most organizations are finite—and so are the human resources to support and maintain the vast range of security tools they already own. It’s therefore essential to carefully scrutinize vendor offerings before signing on the dotted line.
Growing awareness of illusive networks Deceptions Everywhere™ technology recently led SANS Fellow, Dr. Eric Cole, to test our solution. Not only did he aim to successfully deceive an attacker, he also evaluated illusive’s scalability, manageability, and believability. The results of his (unsuccessful) efforts to attack a network and escape detection are contained in a new SANS Product Review - Deception Matters: Slowing the Adversary with illusive networks.
On February 29, 2017 illusive networks received a customer alert and initiated forensic analysis after malicious activity was detected on a certain endpoint in the network. Our Deception Management System identified the malicious activity as Spora, a variant of ransomware, which like Locky, silently encrypts files with selected extensions and then attempts to redeploy itself on additional hosts via elevated privileges. However, with Deceptions Everywhere deployed illusive networks diverted the ransomware from encrypting files on the original host - redirecting the encryption process to deceptive files - and more importantly thwarted the encryption of files located on the company's network shares.
Cyber criminals are coordinating advanced attacks on banks and financial institutions. If funds and customer information are stolen, it could compromise your institution’s reputation for years.
Recently, these increasingly sophisticated attackers have turned their attentions to wire transfer networks. The February 2016 attack on Bangladesh Bank revealed a sobering truth: the weaknesses in one bank’s cyber defenses compromise the security of all banks in that bank’s wire transfer network.
Do you have protections in place for when cyber criminals get past your firewall?
Have you ever realized that some words completely lose their meaning because they’re so overused? In the cybersecurity world, “hack” is a word that seems completely benign now that terms like “life hack” and “dinner hack” have become so popular.