When Will Farrell, Booz Allen Hamilton's Dark Labs director, talks about setting a mousetrap, cheese is not the bait.
Instead, Will and his elite team use fake computers in a phony network, intentionally built to be vulnerable. The main goal of this virtual mousetrap is to lure cyber adversaries, who find it nearly impossible to resist hacking into those fake machines.
This approach to building a better defense is the creative strategy Will and his team at Booz Allen’s Dark Labs deploy to protect vulnerable systems.
Many companies look inward in designing cybersecurity programs, building bigger fences and buying more bells and whistles to secure their perimeter. But inevitably, adversaries will find a way in.
“Instead of looking from the inside out, we look from the outside in. We pretend to be the bad guys,” says Will. “You’ve got to think like the adversary to beat them.”