Deutsche Telekom, Intel open digital honey pots in cyber security push

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Deutsche Telekom and Intel are looking to digital "honey pots" to help customers develop rapid response sensors to cyber-attacks.

A new research alliance will build upon the Germany-based operator’s existing incubator test system, which involves computers pretending to be vulnerable PCs, servers and smartphones.

It will be expanded by new sensors, with both companies exploring how the honey pots can be improved upon and made into a consumer-facing product.

DT said it identifies as much as 600,000 attacks each day with its army of digital sensors.

The companies are ultimately hoping to develop sensors that can be integrated into every connected device so they can be alerted to any potential attack earlier. The sensors will be based on Intel's hardware and security tech.

Thomas Tschersich, Director IT- and physical security at Deutsche Telekom, said: “Our aim is to develop the honey pot technology into a cyber-security sensor, that can be integrated into every connected device. Intel Security is the ideal partner to help us fulfil this vision."

Vincent Weafer, senior vice president, Intel Security’s McAfee Labs, added: “The more threat intelligence we can gather without real organisations having to sustain cyber-attacks, the greater our collective ability to learn, anticipate and take action when real organizations must confront such attacks.

“This honey pot project is unique in that it leverages the global network presence of Deutsche Telekom and the global threat intelligence and research expertise of Intel Security, raising the bar on size and scope for such operations."