Sinkholing is a technique for manipulating data flow in a network. Redirecting malicious traffic into a sinkhole can protect your data and enterprise. Wired brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “Hacker Lexicon: What Is Sinkholing?”

If I may take a personal digression here, I have a phobia of sinkholes. Seriously. So when I first read that sinkholes can help with cybersecurity defenses, I immediately imagined physically throwing data down into a bottomless hole never to be seen again. Sinkholes are Earth’s own recycle bin, after all.

Sinkholes can be used for good or ill intent. Most commonly, sinkholes are used to redirect zombies in a botnet to specified research machines to capture data about them.

Cybersecurity is a serious issue. The global cybersecurity market is expected to reach 170 billion by 2020. This rapid market growth is being fueled by an array of technology trends. The core functionality of cybersecurity involves protecting information and systems from major cyberthreats that take many forms.

Melody K. Smith

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