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Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)

What are Advanced Persistent Threats?>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are prolonged and targeted cyberattacks in which an attacker gains access to a network and remains undetected for an extended period of time. The intent of an APT attack is usually to monitor network activity and steal data rather than damage the network or organization.

The targets of APTs:

  • APT attacks usually target organizations in sectors such as national defense, manufacturing, and financial industries because these companies handle high-value information such as intellectual property, military plans, and other data from governments and business organizations.
  • The goal of most APT attacks is to gain and maintain persistent access to the target network, rather than to get in and out as quickly as possible.
  • Because a great deal of effort and resources are typically expended to conduct APT attacks, hackers typically target high-value targets, such as nation-states and large corporations, with the goal of stealing information over a long period of time.

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