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Insights on threat and cyber risk trends, use cases for deception technology and strategies for combatting targeted attacks

Preventing Attackers From Turning a Cloud Ecosystem Into a Security Nightmare

One topic we’ve written about a lot on this blog is lateral movement, when attackers leverage existing credentials and connections to move from one machine to another within an environment. When you add cloud to the mix, however, there are so many changes - from new attack vectors to methodologies and prioritizations - that the phrase seems incomplete.
 
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Decoys in the Cloud – No Hardware Required

When it comes to threat detection, distributed deception is still the most effective option available for trapping in-network attackers. High-interaction decoys remain valuable, however, mainly for threat hunting, intelligence and research, with the long-term ability to learn an attacker’s methods, targets, tools and techniques. These decoys are live, network-attached operating systems set up to mimic real assets to lure an attacker into full engagement.
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The Rapid Rise of Insider Threats During COVID – and How You Can Stop It Now

What an amazing time to be a hacker – systems weakened, attention drawn elsewhere, targets operating under duress in unfamiliar environments. It’s infuriating that right now, while armies of medical professionals and first responders are risking their lives to save ours, armies of nation-state cyber attackers are working 24/7 shifts to silently plant seeds across the global enterprises that they will return to compromise as the crisis passes.
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4 Ways Coronavirus Will Affect Cybersecurity, and 4 Defense Methods

The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak remains a volatile risk to global health, and in turn has led to roiled financial markets all over the world. We still don’t exactly know how this epidemic will continue to spread, or how it will ultimately affect the international economy. However, experience with past outbreaks and recessions suggests that attackers will soon be looking to see how they can exploit the uncertainty and hardship of the moment for their own gain. It is worth taking a step back to explore how the cybersecurity landscape might rapidly change over the next few months, and what actions organizations can take to protect themselves now. Read More

Deception Increasingly Seen By Analysts as Indispensable

Cybersecurity continues to rise to the top of the list of concerns for organizations of all sizes, and in particular large enterprises such as banking and financial services companies, healthcare providers, and technology firms. Recently, a senior security leader at a national bank and a customer of Illusive told us that after surviving the 2008 financial crisis, he is confident the bank can withstand another financial crisis, but worries that the risk of a major cyberattack poses an existential threat.

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Defending Active Directory: Here’s How to Paralyze Attackers

Security teams are tasked with protecting an organization’s crown jewels - essential data volumes, intellectual property, financial transactions, or revenue-dependent business operations – from malicious insider or external threats. It’s an evolving and difficult challenge, especially with understaffed SOC teams drowning in false alerts, and ever-increasingly sophisticated attackers using various methods to exploit network vulnerabilities.
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Industry Analysts Now Fully Endorse Deception Technology

With hundreds of new technology trends and literally thousands of vendors vying for attention, its no wonder CSOs and other security professionals struggle to stay fully up to date. The barrage of marketing claims only complicates matters.

So Gartner’s recent research report, “Emerging Technologies and Trends Impact Radar: Security” (paywall) arrives as a balm for the beleaguered security professional, cutting through the noise to provide a snapshot of which new technologies truly offer a leg up on increasingly sophisticated attackers and threats. Among other recommendations in the report, Gartner suggests deception technology offers “easy to deploy, deterministic, and effective threat detection capabilities for enterprises of all sizes,” and here at Illusive Networks we couldn’t agree more.

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Deceptive Microsoft Office Beacon Files Can Stop Threats

Shadowy attackers targeting organizations from halfway around the world grab most of the cybersecurity headlines. However, research shows that 60 percent of data breaches and other cyberattacks on organizations are actually carried out by rogue or negligent insiders. According to a recent study by the Ponemon Institute, it takes an average of 72 days to contain an insider threat, and typical organizations with over 1,000 employees spend an average of US$8.76 million cleaning up after insider incidents every year.

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MITRE ATT&CK Framework – How Illusive Foils Attacker Decision-Making

UPDATE - Since this post was first published, MITRE has issued a technical white paper fully endorsing the implementation of Deception Technology. Download the report, entitled The Cyberspace Advantage: Inviting Them In 

For a cyber attacker, every organization is a potential target. Attack frequency and degrees of severity vary with the attacker's skill level, the assets they want, choice of tactics, and the sophistication of their targets' defenses. With attacks constantly in the headlines, it's no wonder security teams might feel overwhelmed. But in reality, not all threats are equal. Not all threats are relevant to all organizations. And not all threats are known.
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For Active Directory, BloodHound Barks, But Lacks Bite

We’ve written a lot on this blog about the challenge of managing excess credentials in Active Directory and how much of a cybersecurity threat they potentially pose to organizations of all sizes. In this post, we’ll review the key drivers of that threat, and then examine two tools that can—at least partially—empower security teams to gain improved visibility into these credentials and increase cyber hygiene. Read More