Tangible In the News

Financial Times, January 1, 2015,

Tangible Security's Allen Harper, Executive Vice President and Chief Hacker, was interviewed and quoted in the Federal Times. They sought information on how honeypot technology, which he helped pioneer in the Department of Defense years ago, has since evolved to become a game-changer for today's enterprise in detecting cyber intruders. Now, an automated 'honeygrid' of virtual traps detects intruders, gathers insights (their origin, tactics, and goals), and helps contain them.

Financial Times

A new breed of cyber security company is trying to lay traps to catch hackers and prevent damage, as old ways of preventing attacks are failing.

High-profile attacks on companies including Sony Pictures, JPMorgan and Home Depot last year, among hundreds of others, show hackers have become master hurdlers, able to jump both the firewalls erected around a corporate network and internal fences.

But companies are starting to use new approaches to deceive cyber criminals...

The difference with the new technologies is that they are "scalable" and require little interaction from security professionals, according to Allen Harper, executive vice-president of commercial cyber security and "chief hacker" at Tangible Security, which sells TrapX products. Mr Harper was involved in honeypots in the early 2000s but said the process had been manual and difficult to expand due to a shortage of experienced cyber security workers.

"It took an expert and there were only a few of them at the time," said Mr Harper. "You had to watch that thing closely as if it got taken over and you didn't plan for the way it got taken over it could be used against you — or even worse, against others."

He said deceptive technology was an "important game changer" because it also improves existing protections, which often rely on matching a threat to a previously seen pattern, and help close up unknown holes in software, known as zero-days, if hackers are seen using them in these controlled environments. "It is like kryptonite, helping us fight back effectively," he said.

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Written by Hannah Kuchler in the Financial Times (original article here)