Optiv Cybersecurity Dictionary

What are APTs?

APTs are highly sophisticated and prolonged computer hacking processes that often target a specific entity for business or political motives.


Because of the level of expertise required, APTs were traditionally the tradecraft of only the most experienced nation-state threat actors and directed at high-value targets such as the national infrastructure of political enemies or large corporations. However, the use of APTs has since broadened.

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