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xIoTz Deception and Decoy management (DDM)

January 9, 2024

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xIoTz Deception and Decoy management (DDM)


A decoy is a fake thing put in a network to fool hackers. Deception and Decoy management use it to trick cyber enemies. Deception is tricking an enemy with traps, decoys, and false information.

Deception systems or honey-pots are intentionally insecure systems. They attract hackers by offering vulnerabilities in system, application, and database.

Security teams can improve incident response, gain insights, and have ongoing monitoring with Deception and Decoy Management (DDM). DDM’s improved overall cybersecurity, efficient control, and analysis are advantageous to security analysts.

xIoTz Honeypots

Honeypots are strategic decoys installed within a network to attract cyber threats. They give security experts critical information on the strategies, methods, and approaches used by potential attackers. 

By using honeypots to trick and divert hostile actors, xIoTz provides a proactive approach to cybersecurity.

About xIoTz: Unified Cyber-Assurance Platform

xIoTz eXtented Operation Center combines the Network Operation Center (NOC) and Security Operation Center (SOC). One pane of glass that contains both the NexGen Vulnerability Assessment (NGVA) and the Threat Operation Center (TOC).

xIoTz Threat Operation Center provides:

  • Decoy and Deception Management
  • Email Trap Analyzer
  • DMARC, DKIM, SPF Analyzer
  • SinkHole DNS System

Types of Decoys

  1. Network Decoys: Intentionally vulnerable Network devices setup as a decoy to lure cyber attackers and detect, deflect.
  2. System Decoys: Application and Database trap setup to study and identify hacking attempts to gain unauthorized access.
  3. Email and RDP decoys are used to find spammers and threat actors by installing inactive email servers and RDP servers.
  4. Mobile & Endpoint: Mobile devices and laptops with known vulnerabilities setup as landmines to identify the insider threat.
  5. WAF Decoys: Cisco ASA component capable of DoS and remote code execution vulnerability in WAF.
  6. Elastic Decoys: Designed to catch attackers exploiting RCE vulnerabilities in Elasticsearch.
  7. Citrix Decoys: Detect & log scan % exploitation attempts on Citrix Application Delivery Controller
  8. DICOM is a fake system that imitates medical imaging services. It attracts and analyzes cyberattacks on healthcare systems.
  9. HERALD Decoys: Provide alerts or notifications to defenders, signaling potential threats or suspicious activities in a network.
  10. GLUTTON Decoys attract and analyze attacks or traffic to identify patterns, trends, or threats on a larger scale.

Features of xIoTz Deception and Decoy Management

  1. Adaptive Honeypots: The platform adapts to the evolving threat landscape, adjusting the behavior of honeypots to emerging attack techniques.
  2. Decoy Diversification: xIoTz provides a diverse range of decoys, including IoT devices, servers, and network components, ensuring comprehensive coverage across your digital infrastructure.
  3. Automated Deployment: Swiftly deploy and manage decoys across your network, minimizing manual intervention and ensuring continuous protection.
  4. Attack Surface Reduction: xIoTz identifies and mitigates potential vulnerabilities by strategically deploying decoys, reducing the attack surface and enhancing overall security.
  5. Compromise-Assessment: xIoTz Deception helps in identifying the compromised devices by analyzing the source IP and Port of the traffic.
  6. Threat Intelligence Integration: Seamlessly integrate threat intelligence feeds to enhance the effectiveness of deception strategies and stay ahead of emerging threats.
  7. Centralized Deception Management Console: Access a user-friendly console for centralized management, monitoring, and control of the entire deception infrastructure.
  8. Decoy Interaction Monitoring: Monitor and analyze interactions with decoys in real-time, identifying and responding to threats before they escalate.

Benefits of xIoTz Deception and Decoy Management

  1. Insider Threat Detection: Proactively identifies insider threats by catching individuals attempting to exploit vulnerabilities within the system.
  2. Triggered Alerts: Receive instant notifications when a decoy is triggered, enabling rapid response to potential threats.
  3. Periodic Reports: Access detailed reports on deception activities, providing valuable insights into the tactics employed by attackers over time.
  4. Built-In SIEM Integration: Benefit from seamless integration with a built-in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system for comprehensive threat detection and response.
  5. Reduced False Positives: By isolating deceptive activities to the decoy environment, xIoTz minimizes false positives, allowing your cybersecurity team to focus on genuine threats.
  6. User Behavior Analytics: Analyze attacker interactions with decoys to develop user behavior analytics, enhancing your understanding of malicious activities and improving threat detection capabilities.
  7. External Spear-Attacks Identification: External spear attacks are identified by exposing the Honey-pots to the Public using Deception rules.

For example: Spear Attack on Corporate Network

  • Username: executive.j.smith
  • Password: Confidential2023!
  • Description: This represents a targeted attack where the attacker uses specific information about an executive (smith) and a guessable password to gain unauthorized access to the corporate network. 

Deception rules and decoy systems work to expose and mitigate such highly targeted attacks early in the process.

xIoTz Deception and Decoy Management alerts the Enterprise SOC Team with:

  • Source of the attacker ( IP Address, Geo-location, Country, State & ISP)
  • Threat Level ( Script Kiddo / Legendary Attack )
  • Tools & Strategies used by the attacker.
  • Data/Application that is of attackers interest.
  • Enterprise security measures to mitigate the cyberattacks.
  • The devices were compromised in the network.

Industry Use Cases:

  1. Healthcare: Protect patient data and medical devices by deploying decoys that mimic critical healthcare infrastructure.
  2. Finance: Safeguard financial transactions and customer data with xIoTz’s adaptive deception strategies.
  3. Manufacturing: Defend against industrial espionage by creating a deceptive environment around critical manufacturing processes.
  4. Government: Enhance national security incident by employing xIoTz to detect and deter cyber threats targeting government networks and sensitive information.
  5. Education: Protect academic research and student data with xIoTz’s tailored deception scenarios in educational institutions.


In cybersecurity, deception and decoy management entails inserting fictitious elements into a network to trick adversaries. xIoTz DDM improves an organization’s overall defense and offers insights into threats to create a more secure digital environment.

Elevate Your Cybersecurity Defense with xIoTz Deception and Decoy Management

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