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Q&A: Could deception technology be the answer to today's cyberthreat epidemic?

The deception technology market has exploded over recent years, with growth expected to reach more than $2 billion by 2021. Although the technology has been around since the early 2000s, the sudden market surge and renewed interest has undoubtedly come from the rapid advancements that have been made in the last several years in response to the ever-growing cybercrime epidemic. Furthermore, its application within the cybersecurity stack has proven to be a powerful tool in helping to solve many of today’s enterprise cybersecurity challenges in one fell swoop.

We spoke to Tim Roddy, VP of cybersecurity product strategy, Fidelis Cybersecurity to find out more about the benefits of making deception technology part of your security strategy.


How would you describe the current state of the deception technology landscape?

Deception technology is currently in an early adopter stage, used as a post breach defense to detect both human and malware attacks with initial footholds in networks seeking to move laterally to desired data or assets. Knowing what attackers desire enables a proactive defense with decoys to lure, detect and defend. Given dwell times between infection and detection are measured in months, a defense with high fidelity alerts and low false positives to detect attacks immediately upon gaining a foothold is highly desirable. However, part of this landscape is overcoming myths and perceptions of legacy honeypots as an educational process to understand modern deception technology.

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Charlotte Trueman

Charlotte is Staff Writer at IDG Connect. She is particularly interested in the impact technology will have on the future of work and promoting gender diversity throughout the tech industry.

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