What is APT ?

APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) is the term used to describe a team that aims to infiltrate the system, capture data, using continuous, stealth and advanced attack techniques on the target network, and stay on the network for a long time to achieve devastating results. The attacks are carefully selected and often target large businesses or governments. The perpetrators are usually experienced cyber attackers with substantial financial backing. Some APT groups are government-funded and can be used as a weapon of cyber warfare in favor of the funding government.

APT attacks differ from traditional web attacks in several ways. These differences include:

  • APT attacks are much more sophisticated, advanced attacks.
  • They are not short-term attacks. When APT groups infiltrate a system, they try to persist in that system and stay for as long as possible.
  • They usually aim to infiltrate the entire network, not a part of the target system.
more sophisticated and  advanced attacks.

What is APT Testing

The APT test, also known as “Red Teaming”, is the act of infiltrating a company’s computer network in order to evaluate the effectiveness of all defenses applied specifically to the institution or organization. Detailed reporting of test results ensures that the institution is less affected by a possible cyber attack.

How is APT Testing Performed ?

APT Simulation Attacks are carried out without informing the cyber security teams, similar to the Techniques, Tactics, and Procedures used by APT groups in their attacks.

What Are the Benefits of APT Testing ?

APT Testing tests the level of preparedness of the institution or organization against possible APT attacks. The APT Simulation attack also helps to measure the level of resistance of the teams to the attack, as it will be carried out without informing the teams. With the report created as a result of the test, the weak security points of the institution are determined, and these weaknesses are eliminated.

The report generated after the attack includes the following Executive Summary:

Executive Summary,

  • Positioning and installation deficiencies of APT products
  • The status of teams noticing the stages of the attack
  • The time it took for the teams to notice the attack
  • What actions were taken by the teams against the attack
  • What actions are taken by employees other than the technical team against such attacks
  • What needs to be done to increase security and strengthen vulnerabilities