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How to Make a Honeypot Stickier (SSH*) - Jose Hernandez GrrCON 2019 (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

How to Make a Honeypot Stickier (SSH*)
Jose Hernandez
GrrCON 2019

One of the primary data sources we use on the Splunk Security Research Team is attack data collected from various corners of the globe. We often obtain this data in the wild using honeypots, with the goal of uncovering new or unusual attack techniques and other malicious activities for research purposes. The nirvana state is a honeypot tailored to mimic the kind of attack/attacker you are hoping to study. To do this effectively, the honeypot must very closely resemble a legitimate system. As a principal security research at Splunk, co-founder of Zenedge (Now part of Oracle), and Security Architect at Akamai I have spent many years protecting organizations from targeted as well as internet-wide attacks, and honeypots has been extremely useful (at times better than threat intel) tool at capturing and studying active malicious actors. In this talk, I aim to provide an introduction to honeypots, explain some of the experiences and lessons learned we have had running Cowrie a medium interaction SSH honeypot base on Kippo. How we modified cowrie to make it more realistic and mimic the systems and attack we are trying to capture as well as our approach for the next generation of honeypots we plan to use in our research work. The audience in this talk will learn how to deploy and use cowrie honeypot as a defense mechanism in their organization. Also, we will share techniques on how to modify cowrie in order to masquerade different systems and vulnerabilities mimicking the asset(s) being defended. Finally, share example data produced by the honeypot and analytic techniques that can be used as feedback to improve the deployed honeypot. We will close off the talk by sharing thoughts on how we are evolving our approach for capturing attack data using honeypots and why.

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