Countering Advanced Persistent Threats
If Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) have not yet penetrated your systems and data, they will. Well-funded and patient adversaries wield these modern, sophisticated threats to gain high-value information over a period of time while hiding in normal network traffic. To counter them, organizations need a multi-disciplinary defense to conduct business with confidence and protect their brand, clients and business.
In the era of highly sophisticated APTs, cybersecurity is not just about protecting equipment, people and data: It’s about countering APTs on a global scale to protect both traditional enterprise and cloud-based environments.
From Perimeter Defense to Actionable Intelligence
Cloud, social media, smart devices and other technology innovations give organizations new opportunities to collaborate with customers and partners, expand into new markets and reduce costs. However, they also give today’s determined, well-funded adversaries new avenues to steal intellectual property, wreak havoc on systems through denial-of-service attacks and harm an organization’s reputation.
In the past, it was possible to protect against adversaries by locking down networks with perimeter defenses and signature-based tools, such as antivirus, firewalls and intrusion prevention systems.
While malware and intrusion detection systems remain necessary to protect data from a variety of threats, they are no match for today’s APTs. This is because APTs are constantly evolving and morphing as they identify and exploit network vulnerabilities. Skilled adversaries work night and day to develop techniques to penetrate each individual organization.
APTs demand a shift in defensive thinking. Organizations must move from traditional perimeter defenses, designed solely to keep adversaries out, to strategies that detect when APTs are present and quickly disable them before they can cause harm.
Multidisciplinary Approach Needed
To counter APTs on a global scale, organizations require a multidisciplinary approach that integrates:
- Actionable intelligence and countermeasures generated by monitoring and analysis tools that detect unknown threats
- Rapid incident-response capabilities to isolate and shut down APTs before they can damage the business
- Proactive, ongoing defense techniques to anticipate and guard against rapidly evolving APT tools, tactics and procedures
Conduct Business with Confidence
Cybersecurity is no longer a mere compliance matter or the “cost of doing business.” It has become a primary business challenge organizations must address.
To properly counter APTs, organizations need a next-generation approach that continually integrates threat-intelligence-based security services to track threat actors and groups and determine their tactics, techniques and procedures so infrastructure and sensitive data can be properly secured.
When organizations incorporate an effective counter-APT approach into their cybersecurity program, they can operate with confidence that their brand, shareholder value and business are resistant to rapidly emerging APTs.