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In Battle Against Hackers, Companies Try to Deceive the Deceivers

By The Wall Street Journal

December 9, 2020

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Companies are attempting to trap hackers by enticing them with deception technology.

Agribusiness firm Land O'Lakes uses cybersecurity vendor TrapX's DeceptionGrid tool to deploy decoys and booby traps throughout its network that mimic crucial data, tricking hackers into thinking they have accessed vital information.

Deception technology spreads false data throughout corporate networks to lure attackers and alert the company; an alarm is triggered when a malefactor interacts with a decoy, and the cybersecurity team can either eject the intruders or isolate them from the rest of the network in order to examine their methods—and better identify them later.

To reduce the risk that hackers inside the network could steal real assets rather than decoys, most users combine deception technology with traditional safeguards like firewalls, encryption, and authentication systems.

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