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2015 is the year of Offensive Deceptions

by Lawrence Pingree  |  December 23, 2014  |  1 Comment

During the past, security technologies have largely focused on detection and blocking mechanisms to respond to attacks.   Security of course must continuously evolve to detect and defend against attacker strategies, and these past strategies must continue to include new capabilities as well as old to properly defend against the array of attack techniques. A new emerging technology response capability is to “deceive”  as a response.

The future of security will incorporate defense in depth,  detection in depth, contextually aware adaptive response and increasingly leverage offensive misdirection and deception techniques with the goal of overwhelming and delaying attacker activities. Providers of deception and misdirection techniques are emerging while these same capabilities in some existing security products. Using attacker deceptions as a response strategy will have a game-changing effect on hacker attack campaigns.

In 2015, the Gartner TSP Security Solutions team will evaluate this emerging class of response capabilities and  providers that offer them throughout the security market. We will also explore how existing security technologies can evolve to incorporate some of these response capabilities.  Keep on the lookout for the TSP Security Solutions Agenda Overview for 2015 and track this emerging area of research.

Category: security  

Lawrence Pingree
Research Director
6+ years with Gartner
19 years industry experience

Lawrence Pingree is a Research Director in Gartner's Security Technology and Service provider group. His responsibilities include providing critical insights to both end users and technology providers. He closely tracks the information security markets, technologies, technology and adoption trends, and competitive market dynamics.… Read Full Bio


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  1. Avivah Litan says:

    Agree Lawrence – great observation and glad you wrote it up!



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