Firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, antivirus – they’re all old tricks of the trade that IT has traditionally deployed to maintain the security of large and complex networks.
But are they enough? Threat volume is rising, propagation speed is increasing, and attacks are becoming more advanced and elusive. Luckily, there are innovative new ways to complement the traditional approach. And security’s bright side may be on the ‘dark’ side.
A growing number of organizations are leveraging darknets to increase their security intelligence and, in turn, enhance their security posture. A darknet is an area of routed IP address space in which no active services reside.
IT is increasingly using this ‘dark’ network as a powerful security tool. Because no legitimate packets should be sent to or from a darknet, the majority are likely sent by malware that scans for vulnerable devices with open ports in order to download, launch, and propagate malicious code...