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The ABCs of Advanced Persistent Threats

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    Quiet

    Because APTs must avoid detection, they are often not flashy attacks. Instead, they are quiet, designed to slip into the system without notice and go on being unnoticed for as long as possible. For this reason, they often begin with socially engineered spear phishing, which might not ever raise a red flag without a user’s understanding of what’s occurred.

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The ABCs of Advanced Persistent Threats

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    Quiet

    Because APTs must avoid detection, they are often not flashy attacks. Instead, they are quiet, designed to slip into the system without notice and go on being unnoticed for as long as possible. For this reason, they often begin with socially engineered spear phishing, which might not ever raise a red flag without a user’s understanding of what’s occurred.

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.