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Applying Deception Technologies and Techniques to Improve Threat Detection and Response


Deception is a viable option to improve threat detection and response capabilities. Technical professionals focused on security should evaluate deception as a “low-friction” method to detect threats inside their environments and as an alternative or complement to other detection technologies.

Published: 20 February 2019

ID: G00373461

Analyst(s): Augusto Barros Anton Chuvakin Anna Belak

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction to Deception Terms and Techniques
    • Deception Technologies Explained
  • Deception Platforms
    • Features and Capabilities
  • Deception in Other Technology Solutions
  • Open-Source or Free Deception Technologies
  • Where Does Deception Fit Into a Security Architecture?
  • When Is Deception a Must?
  • Deception Use Cases
    • Which Threats Do You Want to Detect With Deception?
  • Deploying and Using Deception
    • Align Deception With a Budget
    • Establishing a Business Case for Deception
    • Testing the Tools
    • Deploying Deception Tools
    • Operating Deception Tools
    • Deception Does Not Increase Your Risk, But ...
  • The Future of Deception Technologies
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Evaluate Deception Approaches to Detect Attacker Lateral Movement
  • Evaluate Deception as an Alternative to Other Detection Tools
  • Don’t Forget Deception Prerequisites
  • Define a Testing Strategy
  • Develop Credible Deceptions to Detect Advanced Threats
  • Make Deception Part of Your Security Architecture

The Details

  • Types of Lures
  • Open-Source or Free Deception Tools

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