Advanced Solutions for Combating Advanced Persistent Threats (APT)

As mentioned in the Previous Article, combating APT’s requires 3 major steps which includes monitoring, applying data security analytics, and perimeter security. There are various solutions available which utilizes the power of AI, ML and analytics for achieving these objectives.

End-user organizations and IT teams should equip themselves with the following solutions/appliances/services to better protect their network from APT threats:

SIEM

Security information and event management (SIEM) is the central part of any security operations center (SOC) for organization and helps in enhancing the security and compliance management structure and better protect critical data.

Key Vendors: Symantec, McAfee, and FireEye

Next-Generation Firewall

Next generation firewalls help in defending the customers networks against emerging exploits and malware, even the threats which uses advanced evasion techniques.

Key Vendors: Cisco, Palo Alto Network, and Sophos

Advanced Endpoint Protection

Advanced endpoint security protects various endpoints such as mobile devices, desktops, laptops and other devices which are connected to the organizations network from cyberthreats.

Key Vendors: Secureworks, Forcepoint, and McAfee

Advanced Sandboxing Solution

Advanced Sandboxing Solution helps in identifying the previously unknown threats and increases the effectiveness of other security solutions such as NGFW or SIEM.

Key Vendors: Trend Micro, Fortinet, Barracuda Networks

IDS/IPS

IDS and IPs systems are used by the organizations for monitoring the activities around the network as well as providing active preventive measures.

Key Vendors: Juniper Networks, Varonis, and FireEye

Forensics and Investigation

Forensics and Investigation helps in identifying the root cause (what, when, where, how and why) of the attack, and identifying the identity of person responsible for policy violations, detecting APT attacks if in progress.

Key Vendors: Palo Alto Networks, FireEye, and Symantec

Conclusion

APT protection solutions enable organization to get rid of network threats by providing detection, prevention and remediation based solutions. APT protection solutions by combining various tools and techniques helps the targeted organization in responding to threats more quickly, actively and effectively.

– Sonam Chawla, 
Research Analyst,
Infoholic Research