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Advanced persistent threats (APTs)

Advanced persistent threats (APTs) are a type of cyber attack that is highly targeted, persistent, and typically carried out by a skilled and well-funded attacker. APTs can remain undetected for long periods of time, allowing attackers to gain access to sensitive data, disrupt operations, or even cause physical damage. To protect your business, it’s essential to understand the methods used in APTs and take steps to prevent them from being successful. In this article, we will explore how to protect against APTs and provide practical tips and best practices for safeguarding your business.

  1. Implement a comprehensive security strategy that includes both technical and non-technical controls.
  2. Regularly update and patch your systems to prevent vulnerabilities from being exploited.
  3. Monitor your network for unusual activity and investigate any anomalies that are detected.
  4. Implement access controls and least privilege principle to limit the risk of unauthorised access to sensitive data.
  5. Use intrusion detection and prevention systems to detect and block malicious traffic.
  6. Use endpoint protection systems and antivirus software to detect and remove malware.
  7. Regularly back-up your important data and test the integrity of backups to ensure they can be restored.
  8. Encrypt sensitive data at rest and in transit to protect against data breaches.
  9. Have a incident response plan in place to deal with potential APT attacks, this will help you to quickly respond to an attack, contain the damage and restore your systems to normal operations as soon as possible.
  10. Regularly train employees on cyber security best practices and the latest cyber threats to prevent them from falling victim to phishing and other social engineering attacks.

Keep in mind that the APT are a type of attacks that are often highly sophisticated and can evade detection, having this in mind, it is essential to implement a combination of preventative and detective controls.