What is Nova
The Network Obfuscation and Virtualized Anti-Reconnaissance (Nova) system, developed by DataSoft Corporation, is an open-source software application for preventing and detecting hostile network reconnaissance.
The Nova system creates a large array of thin virtual machines on the network. These VMs are created using an updated Honeyd to be extremely lightweight. The VMs run network "services" which are just shell scripts, so they look real from the network perspective.
Nova uses machine learning algorithms to automatically detect and classify attempts at hostile reconnaissance and alerts network administrators immediately when activity is suspect.
Nova Security Products
The Nova appliances are rack-mounted servers with the Nova software pre-configured and ready to use. Simply plug the appliance into your network, follow a short start-up wizard, and start using Nova to protect your network. Combined with enterprise level support, Nova couldn't be easier to use.
SWN1UA: Entry Level Appliance for small networks
SWN3UA: Industrial Appliance for Class-C Networks
SWN3U8: Industrial Appliance with 8 Independent Ethernet Ports
SWNS_12: 12-Month Software Support Package
SWN_2TR: Nova Custom Installation and Training
Cyber Security in the News
5 Reasons Every Company Should Have A Honeypot - Dark Reading article highlighting the benefits of using a honeypot to deter attacks. Read Article
Honeypots Lure Industrial Hackers Into the Open - MIT Technology Review article describing dummy water-plant control systems attracting immediate attention from hackers - suggesting it happens to real industrial systems, too. Read Article
Time to Set Up the Honeypot - A new report describing the use of active defense tools, like Nova, is key to detecting today's cyber threats. Read Article
Verizon Data Breach Report Released revealing 78% of intrusions are relatively easy and states energy used to release security patches needs equivalent resources to make the network security system stronger. Nova uses software agents to work as decoys to catch intruders before they do harm. Read Report
Accenture Technology Vision 2013 report on Active Defense. Nova is mentioned in a section entitled "Fooling enemies more of the time.." . Read Report