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The Necessity of Advanced Threat Protection

Humanity is no longer contented in a world that is made up only of the four dimensions—length, width, height, and time—and for this reason, he has created cyberspace, a virtual space. Through this virtual space, humans can communicate and can enjoy a virtual dimension, unhampered by space and time. Yet, the onset of this virtual space is not without any snag or setback for this cyberspace is populated by malware. Moreover, this cyberspace is made up of networks and systems that are like countries, with their own defense systems. Each defense system wants to be impregnable to malware attacks.

Businesses, government organizations, and enterprises of different sorts all have their own security networks to ensure that they will be invulnerable to cyber-attacks. However, cyber-attackers are everywhere. They flood the cyberspace, like roaring lions, looking for a network to devour. Malware of different sorts plies the internet, all wanting to breach the defenses of any system they come in contact with. Moreover, devious cyber hackers are feverishly working to devise new ways to breach any security system. Additionally, hackers are definitely well-funded. Hence, they can get hold of any advanced means and tools to perpetrate their cyber-crimes. They are no longer satisfied with simple cyber-attacks; they are now employing advanced and persistent attacks, and these persistent cyber-attacks are rightly termed “advanced persistent threats” or APT.

What is APT?

Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) is a persistent series of cyber-attacks on a system network. These attacks are stealthy attacks; yet, they are so insidious that they can weaken a system network from within. The usual targets of APT are the businesses and organizations, and the reasons behind the perpetration of these attacks are varied. APT is usually orchestrated by hackers, and the motivations of these hackers, as said earlier, can be very varied. These attacks may be politically motivated, or simply be motivated by the hacker’s desire to breach and steal sensitive information from a business or enterprise. Individual hackers can never launch APT; hence, it is a common knowledge that APT is usually launched by a group of hackers with the necessary resources.

APT analysis is often necessary to understand the nature of APT and to know who are involved in the cyber-attacks. APT correlation is also essential to understand the different advanced persistent threats that can affect a system network. It is likewise important to include security measures into every system network to ensure that every network is protected.

The Need to Mitigate the Risks of APT

APT is definitely very difficult to handle, especially, if the attackers are already able to penetrate into the system. It is therefore very important to take the necessary precautions against APT. It is said that there are millions of malware that proliferate through the internet. These malware pose a great challenge on how to protect a system network from APT. At the network level, apt network security managers can readily detect APT. Moreover, log correlation from different sources can help security managers to figure out whether there is a brewing advanced persistent attack against the system network. Lastly, the analysis of this security information can certainly be of great help to discover any APT against a network system.


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