Using Sports Plays to Configure Honeypots Environments to form a Virtual Security Shield

  • Tyrone S. TolandEmail author
  • Sebastian Kollmannsperger
  • J. Bernard Brewton
  • William B. Craft


Unauthorized access to information continues to be a challenging problem, especially in a time where cyber-attacks are on the rise. Current security measures (e.g., access control systems, firewalls, intrusion detection systems) alone are not sufficient to protect the information technology (IT) infrastructure from a resourceful malicious attacker. This chapter presents a novel approach to configure a honeypot environment using football play formations to form a Virtual Security Shield (VSS). We show how VSS can be used to simulate moving a honeypot to different locations in the network to generate valuable information about a malicious attacker. This information can be used to prevent future unauthorized access to an infrastructure. We also provide results from a proof of concept experiment.



The authors would like to thank Dr. Frank Li, Dr. Jerome Lewis, and Dr. Bernard Omolo for their support in using the Networking Lab in the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science. The authors would also like to thank the reviewers for their invaluable feedback.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tyrone S. Toland
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sebastian Kollmannsperger
    • 1
  • J. Bernard Brewton
    • 2
  • William B. Craft
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South Carolina UpstateSpartanburgUSA
  2. 2.City of SpartanburgSpartanburgUSA

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