APT stands for Advanced Persistent Threats. APT attacks got their name because the attacks are advanced, with highly-skilled cybercriminals using cutting-edge technology and techniques combined with various cyberattacks such as phishing and malware. The attack is carried out over a long period of time, making it persistent and conducted by humans with ill intentions, making it a threat.
Successful attacks lead to intellectual property theft, compromised sensitive information, sabotaging critical organizational infrastructures, and/or total site takeovers. Common methods cybercriminals use to enter a network are remote file inclusion (RFI), SQL injection, and cross-site scripting (XSS). Trojans and backdoor shells are often used to increase the cyber criminals’ presence on a network1. Malware is also commonly installed to exploit network vulnerabilities or to gather valuable data.
APTs are intricate, with multiple aspects woven together for a single purpose. Your network security should be the same. A single security solution is not capable of fully protecting your business. You need a combination of security solutions working together and in tandem to protect your business. We recommend using the following practices2:
RDI has multiple network security services to help better protect your network from cyber threats such as APTs. We can help you with all of the security practices listed above and more. Contact us for more information on any of our network security services.
Note 1 – Compartitech Jul. 2020. What is an advanced persistent threat(APT), with examples.
Note 2 – Solid State Systems LLC 2021. Advanced Persistent Threat Protection: 7 Ways to Prevent APT Attacks.
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