What is an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)?
The term APT or Advanced Persistent Threat, has been increasingly used to refer to the new silent threats to organizations.
An APT is a type of highly specialized malware that is used for attacks against specific targets, such as large corporations and government agencies. Behind these attacks may be foreign governments, activist groups, and competing companies trying to steal corporate R+D and confidential information or damage the targeted IT and communications systems in the future, for example deploying ransomware.
The risk of an APT for any organization lies in the difficulty to identify it. If not detected, the malware can reside inadvertently in the IT systems for long periods of time, allowing hackers to take malicious actions.