The Advanced Persistent Threat
APT has historically been a term to describe nation state tactics used to infiltrate other governments and critical infrastructure. Unfortunately, these same tactics, techniques and tools are being adopted by organized crime, hacktivists and other threat actors in order to attack private industry.
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The traditional landscape of cyber governance is shifting. Gone are the days of reliance on signature-based platforms and “patch” modalities that can be effective at blocking known malware but fail to halt the thousands of unknown threats seeking to penetrate a company’s shrinking peripheral line of defense.
Welcome to the new age of zero-day and targeted advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks, where nation states, criminal organizations and hacktivists have so disrupted the world’s digitized ecosystem that top intelligence officials from the FBI, NSA and CIA recently disclosed cyber attacks have eclipsed terrorism as our #1 national security threat.
In 2014 alone there were 42.8 million reported breaches on global companies of divergent size that cost the world economy $445 billion, representing a 48% upswing from the previous year. And despite a record $71.1 billion spent on cyber security in 2014, with data-loss-prevention expenditures up 18.9%, the number of cyber attacks continue to burgeon at an alarming rate. It is now evident from the devastating breaches at Home Depot, Target, Sony and JP Morgan Chase that in the global battle against cybercrime not even the industry titans are immune, and in fact most security defenses are failing fast.
But despite the alarming statistics, there is a way for organizations to reduce their attack surface and manage their risk. Intrench has developed a time-tested approach similar to what is used in the government sector, yet tailored to private industry. Check out The Intrench Difference.
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Anatomy of an APT