APT hackers steal valuable information in industries such as:
- Healthcare and Medical– HIPAA covered entity (CE)
- Information Technology (IT)
Advanced Persistent Threats?
Step one: Entry
The criminal gains access through an email, security loophole, or application. Once in, the attacker implants the malware tools necessary to navigate the network. These tools allow them to navigate completely undetected.
Step two: Sleeper Cell
Moving undetected, the attack progresses with password-cracking malware gaining the hacker access to higher privileges and connecting machines, even going as far as to grant themselves administrator rights.
Step three: Lie and Steal
The APT lies within the network, collecting information as desired until the mission is finished, or the attack is caught. Either way, backdoors are usually left in place for the criminal to return at will in the future. By the time they leave or are caught, information has been compromised and taken away to be used or sold.
How Do I Protect My Business?
Unfortunately, with the high level of complexity that APTs present, they are difficult to detect and resolve. You will require the assistance of a skilled IT security firm to put the proper safeguards in place to prevent and detect APT infections.
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