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Help Net Security: Security Year in Review: Honeypots

Dec 18, 2002, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mirko Zorz)

"This has been a great year for honeypots, finally this method of collecting security information got its deserved place under the spotlight as more people began to realize the benefits that a honeypot, deployed in their organization, brings.

"In order to get the real picture of honeypots I contacted the person that's an authority on the subject--Lance Spitzner. He is the founder of the Honeynet Project, moderator of the honeypot mailing list, co-author of 'Know Your Enemy', author of 'Honeypots: Tracking Hackers' and also author of several whitepapers. He works as a senior security architect for Sun Microsystems, Inc.

"Spitzner said: 'I'm a huge fan of honeypots. I know of no other security technology that lets you turn the tables on the bad guys, honepyots give you the initiative. I've been using them for several years now to learn about how attackers operate, and the latest threats. When I look back, I'm amazed at how much I've learned. I'm extremely excited about the future of honeypots, we have only begun to tap into their potential...'"

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