Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)

Welcome to Security Tech Talk Tuesday, where I’ll explain topics from advanced persistent threats to zero-day attacks. If you think I’m speaking a different language, this series is for you! Together, we’ll walk through common cybersecurity terms to help you navigate conversations and become a key player in your company’s cybersecurity strategy.  What is an advanced persistent threat (APT)?

What is an advanced persistent threat (APT)?

APT – Advanced Persistent Threat: A stealthy and persistent project where hackers breach a system and avoid detection for a considerable time.


An adversary with sophisticated levels of expertise and significant resources uses multiple attack strategies, also known as vectors, to gain access to a network or computer and achieve malicious objectives.

These objectives typically include establishing and extending access within the information technology infrastructure of the targeted organization in order to take information, disrupt operations or to position itself to carry out these objectives in the future.

The advanced persistent threat is successful due to these characteristics:

  • The attackers continue to refine their methods of intrusion
  • Individual employees remain easy victims of social engineering tactics
  • Traditional, stand-alone security solutions are insufficient to detect and prevent ever-evolving attacks against multiple entry points.

For additional information on Advance Persistent Threats, and steps to help protect against them, please read AT&T Cybersecurity Insights, our new report offering a comprehensive look at our analysis and findings from deep inside AT&T’s network operations groups, outside research firms, and network partners.



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