APTs: A Bigger, Badder Threat Than Ever Before

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 03-04-2013
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Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs, have been surfacing more and more in the security community. In fact, the unrelenting, stealth threats, which are designed to steal intellectual property and other information, have hit major enterprises without their knowledge. The impact of APTs on the average company is massive, and the different ways it can hurt a firm are more troubling than some IT pros would like to admit.

But it’s time that APTs received more attention in the enterprise. As ISACA, a global IT association, revealed in a recent study of more than 1,500 security professionals, APTs are important to not only understand, but also to fight against. The world of IT is changing, and the techniques used by malicious hackers are becoming more sophisticated. And an increasing number of companies are finding that APTs are running amok.

But here’s the catch: Some of the major trends impacting the corporate world right now, like the use of social networks and the popularity of BYOD, are making life easier for APTs. Unfortunately, many companies are not taking the necessary steps to protect themselves. Simply put, when it comes to APTs, it’s time to take action.

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
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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