We have all had to rise to the challenges created by the pandemic. The need to accelerate digitisation has led many organisations to embrace cloud services in order to make vital business continuity possible as employees suddenly found themselves locked down at home. Meanwhile, all customer engagement was driven online, making the adoption of robust and reliable remote systems an urgent priority.

Threats Are Growing Online

Unfortunately, even as businesses were discovering how beneficial cloud deployments could be for meeting their needs, cyber criminals too were leveraging the power of cloud computing for their own nefarious intentions. The very advantages of automation and analysis that cloud technology offers businesses were harnessed by hackers in order to make short work of launching large scale attacks.

2020 saw an incredible rise in the number of cyber attacks and the vulnerabilities associated with the fast adoption of remote working practices have been widely cited as a key factor. The haste to migrate organisations to the cloud has resulted in cases where misconfiguration has occurred, reducing the security of the platform, whilst the widespread use of personal devices has also helped open the door to criminals. Experts predict that this high rate of attacks will not decrease, and so organisations must act now to protect themselves.

Whilst the importance of educating staff about safe online practices should not be understated, the result for IT trends is that security is once again a key consideration. One such trend identified for 2021 is Deception Technology, which is being touted as an excellent defence for modern digitised organisations.

What Is Deception Technology?

Deception Technology works to minimise the damage caused by a hacker should they succeed in gaining access to your network. It creates decoys or traps which are dotted around your infrastructure, and which appear as genuine technology assets to the hacker.

When a cyber criminal triggers a decoy, an alert is sent to a centralised deception server, which records the information about the attempted attack, and uses these vectors to create better security defences against future attacks. This reflects the way in which hackers themselves improve their attacks through collating data about successful attempts and using them to replicate the results.

As last year has proven, there is no such thing as an entirely secure network, regardless of the protocols that you put in place. By tricking the criminals into thinking that they have gained access to valuable information, deception technology allows monitoring and recording of their activities, which will help to develop stronger security defences in the future.

The criminals cannot do any harm whilst accessing the decoy network, and will not cause any disruption to your vital business operations. Able to be used on both real and virtual operating systems, deception technology is an ideal choice for businesses with a remote workforce using cloud-based services such as DaaS (Desktop as a Service) or other VDI.

Deception Technology is scalable and versatile, able to be used in conjunction with legacy environments, as well as industry-specific areas. It can also work with IoT (Internet of Things) devices, making it a truly future-ready security solution. Whilst deception technology is not a brand new innovation, it is certainly coming into its own in our new digitised world. Just as with the popular cloud technologies, the best deception technology uses advanced machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities in order to provide a dynamic response to the modern threat landscape.

Security is certainly a major concern for organisations, who are operating with an increasing reliance on digital processes. The accompanying developing threats must be countered by a proactive security strategy, and opting for the use of deception technology is an excellent tool to add to your business’s defensive armoury. With many organisations likely to embrace defensive technology this year, there is really no reason to wait.