sacrificial host

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1 A server which is placed outside an organization's computer network to provide a service which, if it was inside the network, would compromise network security. For example, an FTP server might be used as a sacrificial host.

2 A term used to describe a computer used by a security officer or system administrator to lure an intruder, in order to provide enough time for clues about the intruder's identity to be garnered. See also flytrap and Web trap.

Subjects: Computing.

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