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Honeypots: The Next Intrusion Detection Solution Print E-mail
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Source: ZDNetAU - Posted by Eric Lubow   
Intrusion Detection Patrick Gray submits In this special report for ZDNet Australia Lance Spitzner, the founder of the Honeynet Project, explains why honeypot technologies are becoming a commercially relevant and acceptable intrusion detection methodology. Detection systems identify and alert on unauthorised . . . Patrick Gray submits In this special report for ZDNet Australia Lance Spitzner, the founder of the Honeynet Project, explains why honeypot technologies are becoming a commercially relevant and acceptable intrusion detection methodology. Detection systems identify and alert on unauthorised activity, and are a critical element of security.

Detection is critical for two reasons. First, if you can detect an event before it happens, you can prevent damage from occurring. For example, if you detect an employee looking at company files they shouldn't be, it may be possible to stop them before they can do any damage. Second, if a compromise does occur, the sooner you detect and respond to the compromise, the better you can minimise the damage. For example, if an attacker breaks into a company's mail-server, the damage that is done depends on how soon the attack is detected.

If it takes weeks or even months for a compromise to be detected, an attacker will have had unlimited access to the target company's communications for an extended period of time, which could be devastating.

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