Avantgard - Active Cyber Defence
Avantgard is an Australian company providing cyber defence services to Australian & NZ critical infrastructure and government
Active Cyber Defence
Avantgard provides active cyber defence services developing campaigns to proactively protect our clients from cyber attack. Active cyber defence employs cyber intelligence, deception and active threat hunting to detect malicious activity sooner and more reliably than is possible with passive defence. Avantgard draws together leading Australian & International capability in Active Cyber Defence. Our work is done in the context of our national laws and of each client’s unique “regulatory universe”.
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How does Active Cyber Defence work?
We survey our client’s online presence from an attacker perspective, then plant tempting deceptive elements where attackers will look. These deceptive resources are irresistible to attackers who are led to traps where their activity is recorded while the defender is alerted.
The defender gets these benefits:
- Enhanced cyber resilience – you know exactly what your attackers are doing and what tools they are using against you from day to day;
- Assurance that breaches will be detected quickly;
- Zero false positives reduces staff workload;
- Detection of even previously unknown malware;
- Works even in unhygienic environments with legacy infrastructure
What is Passive Cyber Defence?
Passive cyber defence relies on conventional cyber security practices such as network hygiene, firewalls, virus filters, good user behaviour etc. By itself, passive cyber defence has proven to be ineffective against sophisticated attacks.
Active Cyber Defence vs Cyber Offence!
Active Cyber Defence excludes offensive cyber actions which are the sole domain of authorised government agencies.
TrapX has created a new generation of deception technology that provides real-time breach detection and prevention. Our field proven solution deceives would-be attackers with turn-key decoys (traps) that “imitate” your true assets. Hundreds or thousands of traps can be deployed with little effort, creating a virtual mine field for cyberattacks, alerting you to any malicious activity with actionable intelligence immediately. TrapX’s customer base includes over 300 Forbes Global 2000 commercial and government customers worldwide.
Avantgard represents TrapX in Australia and NZ.
WorldStack Providence is an Australian sovereign Threat Intelligence Platform. The Providence Engine gathers data from it’s own continuous indexing of the dark, deep and surface web and fuses this with proprietary and open-source feeds to provide enriched intelligence that is tailored to the organisation. Human analysist triage alerts to filter out false positives and irrelevant data to produce finished actionable intelligence. Customers also have access to the raw data feed via API and STIXX/TAXXI feeds and can use Providence web-portal tools to undertake their own analysis.
Avantgard represents WorldStack in Australia and NZ
HoneyTrace is an Australian sovereign solution for data loss detection The HoneyTrace solution uses AI technologies to generate unique fake tokens (tracers), such as documents, database records, website redirects, credit cards numbers and email addresses. These tracers contain watermarks and tripwires, providing unique fingerprints that are used to discover and track data theft inside and outside your network. All tracers are unique, and are not needed for any business purpose, so any interaction with them or appearance outside your network is suspicious.
HoneyTrace intelligent search bots are always working— scanning the Internet and deep web for unique tokens created by HoneyTrace to alert you when leaked data is detected. If your data has been stolen, the embedded tokens can be used to identify what parts of your network have been breached. By regularly rotating your tracers, you can determine when the data was breached.
Avantgard represents HoneyTrace in Australia and NZ.
Who We Are
Founder & CEO
Phill is a seasoned technology architect, influencer, and trusted advisor to Fortune 500 and Government agencies.
Phill’s career has spanned Australia’s largest commercial and Government entities in Architecture and Management roles within the Security and Infrastructure Domains, including at Telstra, Big Pond, Sun Microsystems, Sydney Water and Okta.
Phill has first hand experience and an understanding dealing with cyber breaches and the severe impacts of these attacks have on unprepared businesses.
He has specialist knowledge and experience across the utility, telecommunications & financial services (banking, insurance) domains.
Focusing on on Active Cyber Defence techniques, starting with active cyber intelligence, deception tools and lawful counter-measures for both on-premise and cloud workloads in order to gain a deeper understand for more effective target controls to tip the balance back in favour of the defender.
Yoav (Joe) Saar (Lt. Colonel Retired)
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White Paper - Assertive Cyber Security - Avantgard
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