Gartner Research

Best Practices for Mitigating Advanced Persistent Threats

Published: 18 January 2012

ID: G00224682

Analyst(s): Lawrence Pingree , Neil MacDonald


This note provides information security practitioners with tactical and strategic best practices to mitigate the latest threats by leveraging existing and emerging security technologies.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • What Is an Advanced Persistent Threat, and How Has the Term Changed?
    • Stopping Advanced Targeted Attacks Using an Attack Life Cycle Approach
  • Use a Strategic Security Approach to Implement Tactical Best-Practice Controls
    • Best-Practice Strategies
  • What Best Practices Must Be Adopted to Reduce the Threat of ATAs?
    • Keep Up to Date With the Threat Landscape
    • Thwart Social Engineering Techniques Through Education
    • Best Practices That Apply to All Layers
    • Upgrade Your Perimeter and Network-Based Security
    • Focus Your Strategy Toward Malicious Content
    • Uplift Your Endpoint Security Controls and Detection Stance
    • Improve Your Automated Monitoring, Correlation and Analysis
    • Improve Your Incident Response Capabilities

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