If you've been watching the big blockbusters over the past few years, you've probably noticed a trend: the good guy captures the big, bad villain halfway through. Then comes the shocking twist: he meant to get caught! It was all part of a brilliant scheme. "Skyfall," "The Dark Knight," "Star Trek Into Darkness," and "The Avengers" are all guilty of this cliche.
But if the bad guys can ingeniously let themselves get caught, why can't the good guys ingeniously let the bad guys get away? That's exactly the plan one wily information security company came up with. British infosec firm ClearSwift has a new method called "adaptive redaction."
The Register reports:
As the name suggests, adaptive redaction scrubs sensitive data. The “adaptive” part refers to the fact that when ClearSwift's products spot content heading out the door it will let it go on its merry way … once it has been fuzzed into something that in no way resembles the original and contains nothing of use. The redaction happens as a result of policies that describe data forbidden to go beyond the firewall. When those policies are triggered, the company's wares wipe document data and metadata. Logs then offer some insight into what just happened.
The idea of using decoys isn't exactly new, but in the world of computer security it's picking up steam. It's not a question of if hackers will break in, but when. This way, when they do, they make off with a fat haul of nothing.
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