This article covers an overview about APTs. An advanced persistent threat (APT) is among the most dangerous cyber threats a company can face.
These attacks are hard to detect and allow an intruder to hide within a network for months. While hackers stay in the system, a company suffers regular data losses and outages without knowing the cause of problems.
While advanced persistent threats were once considered specifically dangerous to government institutions and large enterprises, the threat landscape is constantly shifting. Now, no organization is safe from these types of attacks.
Because they are difficult to detect, and remain in systems for long periods of time and cause devastating losses to their targets, it's important to educate ourselves.
Knowing what APTs are, how to recognize common signs of their presence in a network, and of course, staying diligent and having a good detection and response plan are essential in protecting any organization from this silent threat.
What is difference between APTs and malware?
Most malware executes a quick damaging attack, but APTs take a different, more strategic and stealthy approach.
The attackers come in through traditional malware like Trojans or phishing, but then they cover their tracks as they secretly move around and plant their attack software throughout the network.
Phases of APT attack:
A successful APT attack can be broken down into three stages:
1. Network infiltration.
2. The expansion of the attacker's presence.
3. The extraction of amassed data—all without being detected.