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In the digital age, businesses face a wide range of cybersecurity threats, one of the most challenging being Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). Unlike traditional attacks, APTs are sophisticated and multi-stage, often targeting a specific organization for an extended period. These attacks can cause significant damage to a business’s reputation, financial stability, and overall security posture. Therefore, identifying and mitigating the risks of APTs is essential for any business. In this article, we will explore what APTs are, how they work, and the steps businesses can take to identify and mitigate the risks associated with these threats. By implementing the best practices outlined in this article, businesses can improve their cybersecurity best practices and protect themselves against the evolving threat landscape.

The Challenge Advanced Persistent Threats

Advanced Persistent Threats, APTs, differ from other attacks in their sophistication and goals. Often coordinated by groups of cyber criminals, APTs often use multiple attack vectors. They are frequently motivated by political, economic, or espionage intent. APT attackers are patient. Whether the attackers claim a moral high ground or are simply out for economic gain, the impact can be devastating.

APTs often start with an infection that sits idly on your systems “listening” and learning. In doing so, they learn how to self-propagate and do more damage before they activate.  The average APT may sit, listen, and learn for as long as six months before activating.

How to Defend Against Advanced Persistent Threats

You need a bit more than the Next Gen firewalls, endpoint protection, advanced threat protection, dns/web protection, user education, and other solutions covered in prior Cyber Threat Series blog posts. Preventing APTs requires that these services are deployed and managed in a coordinated manner that matches the level of protection your business needs and wants.

Unlike other forms of attack, APTs often use secondary devices and networks — Internet connected HVAC systems, cameras, and other devices — as a way around standard network security. Network and traffic segmentation, while requiring additional administration, can prevent APTs from crossing over into your computing environment.

Protec Your Business from Advanced Persistent Threats Today

In conclusion, Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) pose a severe threat to businesses’ cybersecurity, making it crucial to identify and mitigate their risks. By understanding what APTs are and how they work, businesses can implement the necessary measures to protect themselves from these complex and sophisticated attacks. This includes deploying robust security measures, such as multi-factor authentication, network segmentation, and encryption, as well as conducting regular risk assessments and employee training. By taking a proactive approach to APTs and implementing best practices, businesses can reduce their exposure to these attacks and protect customer data, their assets, and reputation.

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