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The ABCs of Advanced Persistent Threats

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    The types of attackers that execute APTs against companies typically fall into three categories: nation-states, organized crime groups and hacktivists. Nation-stations are the most difficult to defend against and are typically interested in intellectual property and private communications. Organized crime groups are often focused on financial gain, through identity theft, credit fraud and exploitation. Activists attack to cause financial harm to companies they see as an impediment to their cause or as something likely to garner them headlines.

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The ABCs of Advanced Persistent Threats

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    Bad guys

    The types of attackers that execute APTs against companies typically fall into three categories: nation-states, organized crime groups and hacktivists. Nation-stations are the most difficult to defend against and are typically interested in intellectual property and private communications. Organized crime groups are often focused on financial gain, through identity theft, credit fraud and exploitation. Activists attack to cause financial harm to companies they see as an impediment to their cause or as something likely to garner them headlines.

As employees and IT professionals return from the holidays, many are doing so with 2014 New Year’s resolutions in mind. For IT pros, we hope that one of your resolutions is to bolster your organization’s security and defenses in 2014. One of the rising threats that many IT professionals should be concerned about defending against in the new year is advanced persistent threats (APTs). According to the 2014 State of the Endpoint Report, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Lumension, 40 percent of organizations experienced an APT attack in the last 12 months. Paul Zimski of Lumension provides an overview of many of the key terms and themes associated with APTs to prevent you from becoming one of them.