Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) are compound network attacks that utilize multiple stages and different attack techniques. APTs are not attacks conceived of or implemented on the spur-of-the-moment. Rather, attackers deliberately plan out their attack strategies against specific targets and carry out the attack over a prolonged time period.

In this article, we’ll provide insight into the concept of an APT and outline five APT attack stages, including initial access, and first penetration and malware deployment. We’ll also provide examples of APTs, such as GhostNet and Stuxnet. Read on, to learn about APT detection and protection measures.

This is part of an extensive series of guides about cybersecurity.