Advanced Persistent Threats (APT)

Targeted attacks are almost always successful.

Organized crime and Nation-State actors continue to persistently attack private industry with an outsized focus on high-growth companies. Verizon’s annual data breach report found that 71% of breaches were financially motivated with 25% motivated by espionage (1).

Every Organization
is a Target for
Advanced Persistent Threats

Every organization that generates value for shareholders, customers, or society at large is a target for financially and politically motivated attack groups. Malicious activities from threat actors have caused an increase in the cost of data breaches. In 2018 the average cost per organization was $3.86 million USD, with the likelihood of a recurring material breach being ~28%, over two years, according to the resource firm Ponemon(2). The economic impact of APT actors is enough to put every executive on watch.

Direct and Indirect Advanced Persistent Threats

To complicate matters, some organizations are not always the primary target for advanced persistent threats. They can be an indirect victim who is used so an attacker can hide their tracks, or gain access to their customer base. Attackers are known to compromise a trusted 3rd party vendor and then leverage the victim’s infrastructure to attack their customers. These styles of attacks range in sophistication, from sending phishing emails, to embedding malicious backdoors in software. Advanced Persistent Threat actors will gain access through any means necessary.

Proactive Defense and Aggressive Detection is Key.

Defending an organization against APTs is a difficult challenge due to adversaries who are well-funded, well-trained, and able to strike opportunistically. To compound the challenge, organizations are constantly changing and pivoting as the market moves. As new code, products and services are released, the attack surface increases, which increases the likelihood of an infiltration into your environment. Most organizations are unprepared for a well-prepared, determined attacker who can silently enter an environment and wait to take action on their objectives.

Organizations that choose to defend and remain resilient against cybersecurity threats are implementing the fundamentals of cybersecurity into all key aspects of their business. This can be achieved either by committing to internally staffing a robust security team or by engaging a security firm who can provide executive security leadership and implement the full scope of a true security program:

Security as a Business Differentiator

Investment in a foundational cybersecurity program can not only protect against Advanced Persistent Threats, it can help give your organization a competitive advantage. When you invest in cybersecurity, you are enabling your organization to open new avenues for revenue generation, and more innovative technologies that can collect and use sensitive data with confidence. An investment in cybersecurity has definitive Return On Investment, and it’s something that CDG looks to capitalize on as we defend your environment.

(1) Verizon | (2) IBM 

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