A Honeypot is a cybersecurity tactic involving a simulated and intentionally vulnerable system, network, or service. Its role is to attract and mislead cyber attackers, drawing them into interactions. The objective is to collect data on attack strategies, monitor the actions of malicious individuals, and safeguard genuine systems by diverting potential threats away from them.

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Imagine you have a garden with a variety of beautiful flowers. To protect your prized roses, you decide to set up a fake, attractive garden bed nearby.

Real Garden (Your Network): This represents your actual network or valuable digital assets. In this case, it’s like your collection of prized roses.

Fake Garden (Honeypot): You create a separate area filled with fake flowers that look appealing to insects (cyber attackers). This artificial garden is the honeypot.

Insects (Attackers): The insects symbolize cyber attackers seeking vulnerabilities. They are naturally drawn to flowers (systems) and may land on the fake garden bed first.

Observation (Cybersecurity): While the attackers explore the honeypot (fake garden), you, as a cybersecurity defender, carefully observe their behavior. You can learn about their tactics, intentions, and techniques without risking your real garden (network).

Protection (Security): Importantly, your real roses (network) remain safe because the attackers are focused on the honeypot. If any malicious activity is detected, you can take measures to protect your actual assets based on what you’ve learned.

In essence, a Honeypot is like a digital decoy garden that diverts cyber attackers away from your critical systems, allowing you to study their actions and enhance your cybersecurity defenses.