The widening IT skills gap and a lack of resources have made it challenging for organizations to keep up with cybercriminals. Consequently, most organizations have resorted to passive defense strategies, blocking attackers by denying access.
Unfortunately, this approach does not consider the tactics used by attackers, leading to persistent attacks. With the increasing sophistication of cybercriminals, organizations are now looking to adopt a different approach to safeguard their networks.
In the modern era of cybersecurity, organizations must assume that attackers will eventually infiltrate their networks. Therefore, the need for active defense strategies is imperative.
Unlike passive defense, active defense involves engaging with attackers rather than solely blocking their access to your system.
The approach detects, redirects, engages, and responds to the attacks in real-time, preventing or minimizing the damage caused by cybercriminals.
Deception technology is at the forefront of active defense strategies. Deception technology uses decoys to lure attackers into interacting with deceptive versions of valuable assets, leading to critical intelligence gathering, and allowing organizations to anticipate the attacker’s next move.
Active defense leads to proactivity rather than reactivity, with organizations detecting cybercriminals and derailing or stopping them before they can fully infiltrate.
The recent industrialization of deception tech has led to a new kind of protection that beats attackers at their own game, ultimately frustrating them and getting them bogged down, leading to their removal from the network.
Active defense provides organizations with the tools and knowledge to anticipate and learn from attackers, fortifying their security posture, and shifting the balance of power back in their favor.
When considering an active defense strategy, organizations can integrate it into their existing security stack.
Active defense solutions should also solve both IT and operational technology (OT) challenges, ensuring that they are fully protected from cybercriminals.
In conclusion, active defense is the new approach to cybersecurity, shifting from the traditional passive defense strategies.
With the increasing sophistication of cybercriminals, organizations must adopt active defense strategies to anticipate and learn from attackers, fortify their security posture, and shift the balance of power back in their favor.
Adopting deception technology as part of the active defense strategy is critical, providing a new kind of protection that beats attackers at their own game.