A clear-eyed look at APT

Setting aside the hype, advanced persistent threats do present CISOs with a few to-dos

Security is occasionally susceptible to two afflictions:

1. Hype.

2. Semantic arguments.

"Advanced persistent threat," or APT, hits the exacta, to borrow a horse-racing term. Because victims, marketers and journalists alike seized the term APT with gusto (hype), an inevitable backlash has occurred (semantic arguments).

Anyone who has suffered a breach has great incentive to characterize the perp as both advanced and persistent. After all, admitting you've been hacked at random by a casual script kiddie might be looked upon unfavorably by your CEO, or a civil judge, or the Securities and Exchange Commission, or your shareholders.

A clear-eyed view of APT (CSO Insider digital spotlight)

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