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The ABCs of Advanced Persistent Threats

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    It is difficult, but not impossible to defend against APTs. In a recent survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Lumension, 40 percent of organizations reported being a victim of an APT attack. Of those who had experienced an APT, 45 percent reported that a spear-phishing email sent to an employee was the starting point of the attack. Users are often the first access point for attackers, so user education can be a strong defense. It’s also important to rely on more than one system (patching, anti-malware, whitelisting, etc.) in order to give the attackers more layers they will need to get through before gaining access.

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The ABCs of Advanced Persistent Threats

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    Defensive capabilities

    It is difficult, but not impossible to defend against APTs. In a recent survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Lumension, 40 percent of organizations reported being a victim of an APT attack. Of those who had experienced an APT, 45 percent reported that a spear-phishing email sent to an employee was the starting point of the attack. Users are often the first access point for attackers, so user education can be a strong defense. It’s also important to rely on more than one system (patching, anti-malware, whitelisting, etc.) in order to give the attackers more layers they will need to get through before gaining access.

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.