Edward Amoroso, CSO of AT&T, who sat on a panel at the Forrester conference with Ostrom, says that AT&T plants public-facing vulnerabilities on purpose to lure attackers into honeypots that aren't connected to the network. AT&T then works with law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute the hackers.
"It introduces a little uncertainty to the hacker," Amoroso says. "They wonder, 'Is it real or not?'" and may be reluctant to jump on every vulnerability they see.
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