Advanced Persistent Threats: What Are They and Why Do I care

Contributed by Bryant Rossil

My term paper will focus on the protection of the enterprise against the business directed cybercrimes, Advanced Persistent Threats (APT). This paper will define what an APT is and some of the behaviors and characteristics associated with this sophisticated attack which are unlike the attacks businesses face daily. Showing how an APT works will also be present in this paper which will detail some of the ways APTs find there way into corporate systems. I will then focus on the detection of APTs and how an information security team can monitor these stealth attacks that can last an indefinite amount of time depending on the attackers goal. Lastly, I will cover the methods in which the business can deter these cyber attacks and the multiple ways to protect the company’s assets from these criminal operators.

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