Know Your Enemy: Defining Virtual Honeynets

Wednesday, 21 August 2002, 2:44 AM EST

Over the past several years Honeynets have demonstrated their value as a security mechanism, primarily to learn about the tools, tactics, and motives of the blackhat community. This information is critical for organizations to better understand and protect against the threats they face. One of the problems with Honeynets is they are resource intensive, difficult to build, and complex to maintain. Honeynets require a variety of both physical systems and security mechanisms to effectively deploy. However, the Honeynet Project has been researching a new possibility, virtual Honeynets. These systems share many of the values of traditional Honeynets, but have the advantages of running all the systems on a single system. This makes virtual Honeynets cheaper to build, easier to deploy, and simpler to maintain.

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