Jumphosts Are a Great Place For HoneyPoint Wasp

As the idea of network segmentation, or enclaving, becomes more and more popular, many organizations are also implementing so called “jumphosts” for their critical systems. Typically, a jumphost is a terminal server or Citrix host that users and admins connect to, then ride a terminal server or Citrix connection into the segmented critical hosts. This connection is usually filtered by a firewall, screening router or other access control method which segments the critical hosts from other parts of the infrastructure. Given the critical role these jumphosts play in the operations, it is essential that they be highly protected and monitored.

This is where HoneyPoint Wasp comes in. One of the strongest use cases for Wasp in the field has been to help protect these critical jumphosts from compromise and give the security team deeper visibility into their operation. Wasp lends itself well to this task, especially given the static nature of the systems, by extending normal anti-virus to include deeper, more accurate behavior-based anomaly detection. For example, Wasp maintains a white-list of known applications on the jumphost. If a user or attacker starts a new process that Wasp has never seen before, an alert is generated for the security team to investigate.

This white-listing approach is not reliant on signatures or heuristics to determine if a process is malware or the like, it just learns what is known on the jumphost and when something new is observed, it alerts. In addition, with Wasp in place, the jumphosts are continually monitored for other common signs of infection and intrusion, like newly opened listening IP ports, changes to critical files in the file system, new accounts being created locally or changes to the population of the local administrators group, etc. This new vision into changes on the jumphost can give the security team a heads up when an attack against the critical core is in process. Further, it does so without false positives or noise to degrade their performance over time.

Pricing for HoneyPoint Wasp is comparable to anti-virus pricing. Wasp is designed to work in conjunction with normal anti-virus and is available for Windows systems. Other components of the HoneyPoint product suite are also being used heavily in enclaved environments to bring detection to areas of the network defined as being of the highest priority. Deployments of these tools are in place in government systems, financial organizations, telecomm, manufacturing and critical infrastructure, including SCADA networks. For more information about what HoneyPoint Wasp can bring to your IT environment, give us a call or drop us a line.