Gartner Research

Best Practices for Detecting and Mitigating Advanced Persistent Threats

Published: 04 May 2015

ID: G00276844

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


Information security practitioners must implement specific strategic and tactical best practices to detect and mitigate advanced persistent threats and targeted malware by leveraging both existing and emerging security technologies in their security architectures.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Implement Tactical Best-Practice Controls
    • Best-Practice Strategies
  • What Best Practices Must Be Adopted to Reduce the Threat of APTs?
    • 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
    • Best Practices for IPsec and SSL VPN Remote Access Connections
    • Next-Generation Firewalls and Unified Threat Management
    • Intrusion Prevention Technologies
    • Web Application Security
    • Network and Cloud-Based Sandboxes
  • 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, and Consider Automation and Mitigation Responses on the Endpoint
    • Lean-Forward Security Programs (Early Adopters) Should Consider Threat Deception Technologies

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