What is APT?
APT stands for Advanced Persistent Threat is the name given to a team that targets,
- Infiltrate the system and capture data
- Apply continuous, covert and advanced attack techniques to the target network
- stay in the network for a long time to achieve devastating results.
The attacks are carefully selected and often target large companies or governments. The perpetrators are usually experienced cyber attackers with significant financial backing. Some APT groups are funded by the government and can be used as a weapon of cyber warfare to benefit the funding government.
APT attacks differ from traditional web attacks in several ways:
- APT attacks are much more sophisticated and advanced.
- These are not short-term attacks. When APT groups infiltrate a system, they try to stay in it as long as possible.
- Their goal is usually to spy on the entire network, not just a part of the targeted system.
What is APT testing?
APT testing, also known as Red Teaming, is the penetration of an organization's computer network to evaluate the effectiveness of any defenses specific to the facility or organization. Detailed reporting of the test result ensures that the facility is less affected by a potential cyber attack.
What are the benefits of APT testing?
APT testing is used to test the level of preparedness of the facility or organization for potential APT attacks. This APT simulation attack also helps measure the teams' level of resilience to the attack, as it is conducted without informing the teams.
This is followed by a report on the test result. Here, the weak security points of the facility are imposed so that it can be eliminated.
This report contains the following Executive Summary:
- Positioning and installation deficiencies of APT products
- The status of the teams noticing the phases of the attack
- The time it took for the teams to notice the attack
- What actions were taken by the teams to defend against the attack?
- What measures are taken by staff other than the technical team against such attacks?
- What needs to be done to increase security and close security gaps?
How are APT tests conducted?
APT simulation attacks are conducted without informing cybersecurity teams, similar to the techniques, tactics and procedures used by APT groups in their attacks.
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