Optiv Cybersecurity Dictionary

What is a Honeypot?

Honeypots are computers or computer systems that mimic potential cyberattack targets for the purpose of detecting intrusions and building threat intelligence by analyzing the tactics, techniques and procedures of the malicious actors.


Typically, a honeypot contains data that looks to a hacker like a legitimate part of the computing environment they’re targeting. Instead, the honeypot is closely monitored and isolated from any actual assets of value. In many ways this entrapment is similar to a law enforcement sting.


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