STOPPING BOTS ON DAY ONE SHOULDN’T BE THE EXCEPTION

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Imagine the process of installing a surveillance system after your home was robbed. What if all the vendors you researched promised to have cameras up within the week, but footage wouldn’t be captured for up to two months? You might think to yourself—sure the cameras might deter robbers, but if anything happens, there would be no record and no way of identifying the criminals. Would that be an acceptable level of security? If the answer is no, then why do we accept delayed security in cyber–and more specifically, bot mitigation?

No doubt, bots are shifty and bot mitigation vendors need time to surveil traffic and fingerprint bad bots. Establishing bot IDs using baseline data or behavioral analysis requires time to analyze good and bad behavior. Sifting through meta data and other Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques often takes weeks and sometimes months before they can be deployed. The difficult and lengthy process of identification is worsened when bad bots change their attack methodology or tools to evade detection. Which is why bot mitigation that relies entirely on behavioral or data analysis techniques are caught in a never-ending cat and mouse game that is becoming harder and harder to win every day.

 

The Risk of Moving Too Slow

For those of us that have worked in cybersecurity for years, it can feel like we have seen it all. But year after year evidence surfaces that cyber adversaries are relentless in developing sophisticated attacks to outsmart our defenses. If we have learned anything in the last year, it’s that the typical organizations like large government entities and corporations aren’t the only targets. There was a dark turn, putting bullseyes on everyday citizens, schools, and other chronically understaffed, underbudgeted institutions. These unsuspecting victims offer a path of least resistance to lucrative paydays and are often the first to shut their doors after an attack.

Our Non-Negotiables

When BotRx set out to stop bad bots, there were some non-negotiables. We had to be able to protect customers on day one of deployment. Wait until day two and who knows what might happen. We couldn’t make our customers endure that as they waited for our fingerprinting process to take shape–especially with such big risks.

BotRx’s founding team also felt strongly about ensuring that the promise of ‘fast and easy’ deployment never came with exceptions. Even if we could provide protection on day one, it wouldn’t mean anything if the solution wasn’t accessible quickly. Because BotRx ProTx does not require coding or lengthy integration, small and medium-sized businesses without technical experts or resources and large enterprises with complex infrastructures would be able to use the SaaS product to easily deploy and protect their networks.

How We Protect Without the Fingerprinting Period

After the simple installation steps are complete–typically in an hour–BotRx ProTx immediately enters protection mode. While we still take time to monitor and fingerprint, the difference is we don’t rely on fingerprints alone to decide if traffic is human, good bot, or bad bot. Instead, as the first to use Moving Target Defense (MTD) in bot mitigation, BotRx creates a dynamic attack surface that deflects adversaries.

Without months to fingerprint, BotRx can instantaneously distinguish legitimate users and bad bots with a combination of techniques that use randomized responses, transaction encryption, and enforced application logic. By operating under the assumption that we can never really ‘know’ attackers as they are constantly changing, we are able to better focus on making our customers’ systems more resilient. To learn more about how MTD achieves this, download our guide, The Definitive Guide to Moving Target Defense.

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