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Improving IT security by deception

Cybercriminals have access to a broad range of tools and techniques, but they tend to share one common goal – they’re looking to make the biggest possible profit with the least amount of effort. As a result, they’re on the hunt for targets with potentially lucrative data stores but whose defences are easy to breach. Unfortunately, local government councils all too often meet these criteria.

The ransomware threat

One of the techniques criminals increasingly use against local governments is ransomware. This attack involves infecting core systems with malicious code that encrypts data making it impossible to access. The criminal then demands a payment in exchange for the key needed to decrypt the stores.

Deception as protection

While deception is a technique that cybercriminals use to gain access to a target IT infrastructure, it’s also something that defenders can use. Organisations can create deceptive traps and misdirections that can lure attackers away from real assets and toward fakes, thereby delaying or even derailing a planned attack.

Read the complete article in Government News by Jim Cook, Attivo Networks ANZ Regional Director.

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