Defending Against Advanced Persistent Threats
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Overview: Advanced Persistent Threats or APTs are a class of highly sophisticated, targeted attacks. Since the publicity associated with the January 2010 news that numerous large organizations in the Internet, finance, technology, media, and chemical sectors had been targeted by APTs, this style of attack has received a great deal of attention. Since 2010, numerous APT attacks have been publicly acknowledged by organizations of in the software, security, defense and other industries. The wide range of industries these attackers have targeted represents a significant challenge to many organizations that had not previously been aware of, or defended against, this class of attack.
Organizations of all sizes need to be aware of the risks posed by APTs and take appropriate steps to protect sensitive data. This paper provides an overview of APTs, examples and steps for defending against APTs as well as case studies that detail actual attacks.