Detecting and Catching the Bad Guys Using Deception
Traditional controls are well known for their short comings in the face of modern cyber-attacks. Cyber security technologies will make use of signature based, behavioral, Next Generation capabilities or attempt to augment capabilities by leveraging cloud based or on premise cyber analytics warehouse and threat intelligence feeds via indicator of compromise (IOC) or other mechanisms. Although the later efforts have increased organizational cyber capabilities, they only do so with proper investments in people, process and technology. Additionally, as attackers adapt to defenses, these controls begin to experience decreasing marginal rates of defensive capability.
Deception programs, architectures and technologies endeavor to augment existing cyber security capabilities through the use of honeypots or honey net (decoys) or breadcrumbs or broken glass (deceptions).
Advanced deception technologies are differentiated by the use of distributed deception technology which features agentless, simple deployment capabilities with lightweight deceptions that leverage operating system objects deceive attackers into triggering alerts. Normal users would never trigger the deceptions as an attacker would, resulting in high fidelity alerting with near-zero false positives. Such technology consequently serves to not only augment cyber security capabilities post-breach but provides a new, highly effective post-breach cyber security capability along with precise real-time forensics.
James Muren is a strategist and delivers workshops in cyber security strategy, GRC and security architecture that are used to develop long-term strategies and tactical roadmaps for customers that addresses security for legacy and cloud architectures. As a strategic management consultant and having built fully capable cyber programs in the past, he helps mentor and lead teams for programs & projects in information technology & cyber security. James is primarily focused on the business benefits of cyber security, and the demonstration of those benefits through metrics that can be quickly communicated to executive leadership. By properly integrating security controls within a regulatory and policy context, security programs such as breach and incident response, data governance, forensics, etc. can properly demonstrate value, receive proper investment and adequately secure organizations.
James is also a researcher. His areas of research include: Continuous GRC, cyber analytics, Trusted Computing Group (TCG), Security Automation, Hardware & Software Security, ICS, SCADA, IOT, Malware Research, Full System Security Design Lifecycle and Leap Ahead technology.