Yahoo News on a new Israeli start-up capable of foiling hackers using a new honeypot-like technique of sorts to deceive the malicious actors into stealing fictitious data:

Israeli said the company’s solution differed from existing “honeypots” that lure attackers into selected traps.

Large networks require an endless number of honeypots to trap attackers, making it hard to keep pace with the level of attacks across an organization, which can have thousands or even millions of devices to protect.

Illusive “paints a deceptive layer of honey over the entire network,” Israeli said.

The false information is only visible to attackers trying to steal information. It is transparent to users and security staff and does not affect the normal functioning of the devices, computer servers and network equipment.

Avivah Litan and Lawrence Pingree, analysts at Gartner — which included Illusive in its 2015 “Cool Vendors in Security Intelligence” — said such deception techniques will become more prevalent because they are more effective than defensive methods and easier to deploy.

There have been many attempts to be successful with these types of algorithmic approaches to cyber defense, all of which have so far failed to captivate the security world. It is currently an exceedingly difficult problem to solve solely with automation but in a few more years this will be quite normal. It has to be otherwise it will be nearly impossible to adequately defend networks from malicious actors.

Maybe, just maybe, Illusive is onto something.