Gartner Research

Best Practices for Mitigating Advanced Persistent Threats

Published: 12 September 2013

ID: G00256438

Analyst(s): Lawrence Pingree , Peter Firstbrook , Neil MacDonald


This document provides information security practitioners with strategic and tactical best practices to mitigate advanced targeted malware by leveraging both existing and emerging security technologies.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • 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 Technical Control Layers
  • Upgrade Your Perimeter and Network-Based Security
    • IPsec and SSL VPN Remote Access Connections
    • Next-Generation Firewalls
    • Intrusion Prevention Devices
    • Web Application Security
    • Advanced Threat Protection Appliances
  • Focus Your Infrastructure Protection Strategy Toward Malicious Content
    • Email Content Security
    • Web Content Security
    • Uplift Your Endpoint Security Controls and Detection Stance
    • Improve Your Automated Monitoring, Correlation and Analysis
    • Improve Your Incident Response Capabilities

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