Cyber threats in the media environment

The variety of attacks from cyberspace is dramatically increasing

As reported in the media, there has been a dramatic increase in the threat caused by cyber risks in the office environment. The increased networking of data communications is leading to an increasing number of new IT security risks. This doesn't just mean viruses or malware, it increasingly means the manipulation of data and IT systems as well as phishing.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg: the attacks are becoming increasingly targeted, and are using methods and tools which conventional IT security solutions are unable to either detect or to neutralise. Attacks from cyberspace of this kind can cause considerable damage.

Current IT risks in the media environment

Conventional IT security solutions are unable to provide sufficient protection

The conventional IT security in the office environment encompasses anti-virus protection, firewalls and intrusion prevention systems (IPS). Although solutions of this kind can help to protect IT systems in the office environment, they require a relatively high level of administration and maintenance work, which is both time-consuming and is reflected in high staff costs. Such factors are easily underestimated, and it is often the case that insufficient resources are available for them. Another problem is targeted hacking attempts that make use of malicious code, which anti-virus programs, for example, fail to detect for long periods of time.

It is often the case that conventional IT security solutions are insufficiently reliable.

When it comes to IT security, availability as a high priority. Since firewalls and IPS can be located directly in the flow of data, it can be the case that this can be interrupted or impaired by a failure. Updating the software can also impair or slow the data traffic. To ensure sustainable protection, a different approach to IT security is therefore recommended.

How the honeyBox® can help provide protection

To provide the necessary protection, a different approach is required

The increased networking of data communications is posing a challenge to IT security in the media in particular. The data traffic should remain unhindered, and sensitive data segments should be well protected against attacks from cyberspace. At the same time, the complexity of the data should not be further increased through the protection provided by a IT security solution. Ideally, this means that the requirements of the governmental sector are covered by a passive solution which requires as little installation and operational effort as possible. If such a solution operates in the background, the data communications will be uninterrupted. The solution should be easy to operate without the need for in-depth knowledge of IT security and as far as possible, not issue any false positives.

All of these conditions are satisfied by the honeyBox® honeypot appliance without exception. For the sustainable protection of your IT, security experts therefore recommend the use of the honeyBox® in your network.

The honeypot technology convinces due to its benefits, which are based on an unconventional approach. Honeypots work according to a simple principle: they attract unwelcome visitors to your network who aren't recognised by a firewall or IDS/IPS to a virtual trap.

In contrast to a firewall, which is a hurdle that hackers from cyberspace are able to overcome, honeypots are simulated servers which have a low security status in comparison with other servers. They therefore appear easily accessible and are therefore attractive to hackers. Without being aware of it, the attacker falls into a virtual trap, while the rest of the system remains protected and an alarm is raised.