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Shaping the Adversary’s Perspective of the Attack Surface

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The attack surface typically plays right into the hands of the adversary as they have more opportunities to exploit. Meanwhile cyber defenders have a wider terrain to understand and protect, and they oftentimes lack visibility of everything in their environment giving attackers blind spots in which to hide. In this video interview with SANS, Fidelis Cybersecurity CTO Craig Harber examines how with dynamic deception defenses, security teams can change the game. By expanding the terrain with interactive decoys and deploying breadcrumbs to real assets, defenders can make the attacker think the target is much larger and more exploitable than it actually is. Continuing to change the terrain to your advantage, you can slow down attackers and increase their costs and risk. This makes it harder for attackers to determine where to go within your network without being caught, giving you more time to expel them or watch them in a controlled manner to learn more about what they are trying to do.