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Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity

The Canadian Honeynet Chapter

The first honeypot studies released by Clifford Stoll in 1990, and from April 2008 the Canadian Honeynet chapter was founded at University of New Brunswick, NB, Canada. UNB is a member of the Honeynet Project, an international non-profit security research organization.

In computer terminology, a honeypot is a trap set to detect, deflect or in some manner counteract attempts at unauthorized use of information systems. Generally, honeypots essentially turn on the tables for hackers and computer security experts and it consists of a computer, data or a network site that appears to be part of a network but which is actually isolated, and which seems to contain information or a resource that would be of value to attackers. There are some benefits of having honeypot:

  • Observe hackers in action and learn about their behaviour
  • Gather intelligence on attack vectors, malware, and exploits. Use that intel to train your IT staff
  • Create profiles of hackers that are trying to gain access to your systems
  • Improve your security posture
  • Waste hackers’ time and resources
  • Reduced false positive
  • Cost effective

Our primary objectives are to gain insight into the security threats, vulnerabilities and behaviour of attackers, investigate tactics and practices of hacker community and share learned lessons with IT community and appropriate forums in academia and law enforcement in Canada. So, CIC decided to use cutting edge technology to collect dataset for honeypot. For more information or to request the captured data, please contact us at a.habibi.l@unb.ca.