Anatomy of an Advanced Persistent Threat

Presented by

Dennis Dwyer, Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit Security Researcher

About this talk

Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attacks are different from other types of cyber threats. They happen when someone or some entity decides you have something they want and they are willing to invest resources and time to get it. The defensive tools, procedures and security controls commonly used to handle traditional threats are often ineffective against APT attacks. Because of their level of operational sophistication and persistence, APT actors are making IT security professionals rethink how they should design their security defenses and approaches. Dennis Dwyer, Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit security analyst, explains the APT phases and “lifecycle” and provides recommendations on what you can do to anticipate, prepare for, discover and mitigate APTs. - The lifecycle and anatomy of an Advanced Persistent Threat attack - How large scale and deep-rooted compromises work - Predictions on the evolution of this developing threat in 2012

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