APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 03-04-2013

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

You Know Your APTs  The first step in fixing a problem is identifying it. The good news is 96% of security professionals are at least “somewhat familiar” with APTs.

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

Appreciate the Differences  A surprising 54% of IT pros say APTs and traditional threats are “similar.” As ISACA notes, this finding is troubling, since it indicates that IT pros don’t understand the difference in threat classes.

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

A Huge, Huge Problem  How worrisome are APTs? 94% of IT pros say APTs represent a “credible threat to national security and economic stability.”

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

IP Theft  In addition to national-security threats, 25% of IT pros say the loss of intellectual property is the biggest threat presented by APTs.

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

It’s Getting Personal  In addition to IP theft, 23.6% of respondents expect a loss of personal information with an APT attack. Reputation damage was next, according to 20% of IT pros.

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

A Target or Not?  Despite the nature of the threats presented by APTs, only 45% of IT professionals believe their organization will be a “likely” target.

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

A Matter of Time  Regardless of whether an IT pro thought an APT attack was likely, 63% say it is only a matter of time before their company is targeted.

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

Uh Oh  Ready to be scared? 30% of IT pros say they don’t think their organization is able to stop an APT attack.

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

Social Connections  Social networks can be a boon for business development, but 90% of IT pros say they are also making it more likely an APT will attack their company.

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

BYOD Risks  The BYOD trend is beneficial for employee productivity, but 87% of IT pros say that it makes an APT attack more likely.

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

Outdated Vendor Agreements  Unfortunately, more than 80% of IT pros haven’t updated vendor agreements to protect themselves against APTs.

APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before