What Is a Honeypot?

What Is a Honeypot?

 By Charles Joseph | Cybersecurity Advocate
 Last update: November 25, 2023

A honeypot is a computer system that is set up to act as a decoy to lure in potential hackers to study their activities and monitor how they attempt to gain access to systems.

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Key Points

  • A honeypot is a security tool that can be used to help identify potential attacks and intrusions.
  • Honeypots can monitor activity on a network or system and provide information about what kinds of attacks are being attempted.
  • Honeypots can be used to bait attackers by providing them with false information or systems to attack, which can then be monitored and studied.
  • Honeypots can be used as part of a defense in-depth strategy, providing another layer of security that can help protect systems and networks.
"Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people."
-- Bruce Schneier, a renown computer security professional