Actors behind advanced threats have a toolbox of exploit techniques at their disposal. They often combine several intrusion tools and techniques in order to compromise and maintain access to their target.
The advanced threat actor will evade security controls and most CISOs acknowledge this reality. Malware, phishing, social engineering, and endpoint vulnerabilities provide fertile ground for advanced threat actors looking to penetrate your defenses and set up shop inside your network.
Across both the private and public sectors, IT security organizations are fighting an ongoing battle against sophisticated adversaries. To do so, security professionals are mostly relying on technology such as firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems, Intrusion Prevention Systems and the like to protect their environments from a range of cyber threats. However, these technologies are proving insufficient in the battle against advanced threat actors.This paper distinguishes what an advanced threat is, the actors, their motives and processes, and provides a roadmap of SecureWorks services to help clients enhance their security posture to better detect and resist advanced threats.