Advanced threats have evolved from advanced malware to highly orchestrated attacks.

Cyber attackers are using more sophisticated tools and techniques to facilitate and monetize attack campaigns. These campaigns are carefully planned incursions that are designed to achieve a specific motive and mission, such as data theft. Attack campaigns are designed to bypass conventional advanced threat prevention controls and are typically executed by well-funded human organizations.

What makes attack campaigns so devastating?

Unlike one-time attempts to compromise an endpoint, an attack campaign focuses on a specific objective and doesn’t let up until the objective is met.

Attack campaigns often use initially compromised methods that evade traditional defenses. For example, exploit O/S of well known IT applications or accounts of users to gain an initial foothold.

Attack campaigns can be:

  • Crafted by well-funded organizations
  • Carefully planned using a variety of tools and techniques
  • Designed to bypass conventional advanced threat prevention controls
  • Engineered to proliferate on a network and create multiple paths or scenarios to complete the mission
  • Able to mask the attackers’ real intent from criticality/severity scoring systems

What’s too often missing is the way we think – or fail to think - as defenders. And that leads to consistently exploitable exposures – and consistently seen attacker tactics. Arbor Spectrum equips security teams with the insight and intelligence to stop playing leapfrog and start playing chess.

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