Juniper Networks offers to mislead hackers from Indian govt, enterprises

U.S. network equipment vendor offering deception-based security system which misleads hackers, such as to dead ends or false information.

Juniper Networks is holding talks with the Indian government and CIOs of top companies to adopt its deception-based cybersecurity system.

According to The Economic Times on Wednesday, the U.S. networking equipment vendor's technology misleads hackers into the wrong part of an enterprise or government, and leads them to dead ends or false information while keeping the company or organization's critical information safe.

This wastes the hackers' time while the company will be able to track what they are doing, as compared to cases where companies were not aware of a breach, Dan Miller, senior vice president of Juniper Networks' global enterprise division, told the Indian news site.

The software also identifies hackers beyond their IP addresses and what they do in high-performance networks such as telecom, financial services and government agencies. Hackers today also breach and sell information, and Juniper will publish information about these hackers in February next year, Miller explained.

The company expects to close some deals with government defense agencies, large banking and financial companies in India, he added.

India is no stranger to cyberattacks, where more than 14,000 Web sites were hacked from January to October this year, of which 294 belonged to government agencies, a separate report by The Economic Times noted.

Juniper Networks' strategy of distracting and delaying hackers is considered part of actively defending corporate networks from cyberattacks, which is an increasingly popular tactic among U.S. companies. However, security watchers previously told ZDNet Asia not every company is likely to have the financial resources or right manpower to conduct such tactics .