advanced persistent threats


This week Fortinet announced even more advances to our award-winning, ICSA-certified Advanced Threat Protection solution – because, apparently, awesome simply wasn’t good enough. What is Advanced Threat Protection? The unprecedented growth of devices, users, applications, transactions, and services passing through the increasingly distributed corporate infrastructure is transforming networks. And much of this data is highly prized by the cybercriminal community as it often includes confidential and sensitive information, customer... [Read More]
by RSS David Finger  |  Apr 25, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
It’s time we kicked up our awareness of security issues 3 or 4 notches. This won’t be the first time you hear this statement in an end-of-year retrospective sort of blog: 2014 was a rough year for cybersecurity. 2014 was the year that cybersecurity really hit the mainstream consciousness and for good reason. The list of big brands that got hit hard by hackers this year goes on and on. Ok, enough retrospection. It’s time for a scene from The Matrix: Classic, right? Despite all of the headline-grabbing hacks this year, very few of us know,... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Dec 31, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Our previous post details the history of advanced persistent threats (APTs) as well as some of the most significant attacks, their origins and high-profile targets. In this post, we'll break down the stages of an attack, as well as APT attack tools and defensive solutions, as described by Fortinet's Richard Henderson's in the report "Threats on the Horizon: The Rise of the Advanced Persistent Threat." One of the many factors that distinguish advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks are their multiple components. First things first, though: The... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Jul 11, 2013  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
The concept behind advanced persistent threats (APTs) isn't new. Cybercriminals have been relying on advanced software to leverage attacks that steal data or disrupt systems since the dawn of the computer age. But what distinguishes modern APTs from previous advanced malware? According to Richard Henderson's Fortinet report "Threats on the Horizon: The Rise of Advanced Persistent Threats ," their distinguishing factors are sophistication and stealth, along with diverse attack vectors, copious resources and relentless perseverance. While the... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Jul 10, 2013  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
It’s a rare month that we don’t see the term Advanced Persistent Threat grace news headlines, wreaking havoc on nuclear power facilities, Iranian intelligence agencies and international banking systems.In recent months, the term APT has seemed to take center stage, drilled into our everyday vernacular as researchers continue to discover new and increasingly sophisticated threats one after the other. And like sequels to a blockbuster movie, each successor seems bigger and badder, with more special effects. The metaphor isn’t too far from... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Sep 27, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
While an invaluable communication tool, email remains one of the most effective and reliable threat vectors around. The reason? It still works. It's no secret email is the gateway to sensitive customer information, crucial databases and other valuable data. Attacks that leverage email as the initial point of entry provide lucrative returns for their operators. The email security market has little room to be complacent. Email security continues to evolve to keep up with increasingly sophisticated, multi-faceted threats and counteract stealth malware... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Jul 30, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
One in five security professionals recently surveyed by ISACA say its organization has experienced an advanced persistent threat (APT) attack. While the term APT is used with increasing frequency when discussing security threats, ISACA found there's still confusion as to what an APT is and how to manage the risks associated with it. The ISACA's Advanced Persistent Threat Awareness report, released in mid-February, includes input from 1,551 information security professionals representing 20 industries from across the globe. Fortinet defines APTs... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Jul 30, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
It seems that lately, threats that were once were simply known as “malware” or “viruses” have been elevated to the status of Advanced Persistent Threat (APT), a term that has strategically been used to strike fear in the hearts of consumers. These days, APTs have a much more common presence in the media, and some of the most notorious have included major global threats such as Ghostnet (a botnet deployed in various offices and embassies to monitor the Dalai Lama agenda), Shady RAT (like Ghostnet but with government and global corporate... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Apr 25, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends