Open-Source Tool Aimed At Propelling Honeypots Into the Mainstream

An interesting article by Kelly Jackson Higgins of

Researchers have built a free open-source honeypot software program aimed at propelling the hacker decoys into security weapons for everyday organizations.

The Modern Honey Network (MHN) software, created by the Google Ventures-backed startup ThreatStream, automates much of the process of setting up and monitoring honeypots, as well as gleaning threat intelligence from them. An API allows it to integrate with IDSes, IPSes, application-layer firewalls, SIEM, and other security tools to set up defenses against attacks it detects.

Honeypots — basically lures posing as machines that let organizations gather intelligence and study the behaviors of attackers — long have been a popular and valuable tool for security researchers. There are plenty of open-source honeypot tools available today, but the high maintenance and complexity of deploying and running these lures have made them unrealistic security options for most businesses.

“Honeypots have never truly taken off in the enterprise,” says Greg Martin, CEO of ThreatStream, which provides a software-as-a-service threat intelligence system for large organizations like Northrop Grumman and SAIC. The goal of MHN is to simplify honeypot deployment and ultimately to make these tools a mainstream, inherent part of the security arsenal for companies in various industries.

“You can deploy 29 honeypots with the click of a button” with the open-source tool, Martin says. “With a VMware server, you can do 30 or 40.”

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