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Trend Micro Debunks APT Myths

Taipei – Mar. 22 , 2012 – In today’s threat landscape, the concern surrounding advanced persistent threats, or APTs, is increasing. The recent "Linsanity” attack, part of a LURID campaign that, since its discovery in 2011,affected over 1,465 computers in over 61 countries, including Vietnam, India, Mongolia, and China , shows just how trendy and dangerous APTs can be. In its monthly APAC Press Room, Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO:4704;TSE:4704), a global cloud security leader, sheds some light on APT fact vs. fiction.

While most people today have at least heard of APTs, perhaps have a general idea of what APTs may be, there are still misperceptions and confusion surrounding this topic. Trend Micro debunks the top 5 APT myths:

  1. APTs, at its onset, target just one entity . While the scope is definitely narrower in nature than traditional threats, they are still part of a broader campaign.
  2. APTs are isolated events . APTs are more of a constant threat among a range of targets aiming to compromise a target over a period of time.
  3. APTs know the specific set of information they want to steal . Most attackers have an idea on the type of information they want to steal (e.g., all information related to new products or new technology). However, they do not know the specific set of files or information pertaining to that new product. This is why APTs require both lateral movement and stealth while seeking sensitive information .
  4. APTs and data breaches are the same . Though often confused, APTs are slightly different from data breaches: APTs can lead to data breaches; however, not all data breaches are caused by APTs.
  5. APT attackers’ motivation is similar to traditional cybercriminals’, which is money . In APTs, attackers are less concerned with financial gain in favor of information, espionage, and/or sabotage.


Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to APTs. However there are certain things a corporation can do to decrease their risk of vulnerability to APTs:

  • Enhance network visibility, insight, and control through security solutions
  • Select a security solution with integrity checks to safeguard against malware changes in systems and registries which can lead to persistence.

The good news is, Trend Micro is releasing Deep Discovery, the next-generation protection from APTs, in the APAC region. Deep Discovery was specifically designed according to solutions required for APT threats, with specialized advanced malware detection and event correlation across every stage of the attack sequence, undoubtedly making it a top choice in the APT security market.

However, despite these precautions, the most important thing a company can do in protecting itself against APTs is empowering its employees. Humans are the weakest link in a corporation’s defense strategy but an educated and trained employee can be the key to counteracting an APT or any other type of security breach.


About Trend Micro

Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO:4704;TSE:4704), a global cloud security leader, creates a world safe for exchanging digital information with its Internet content security and threat management solutions for businesses and consumers. A pioneer in server security with over 20 years’ experience, we deliver top-ranked client, server and cloud-based security that fits our customers’ and partners’ needs, stops new threats faster, and protects data in physical , virtualized and cloud environments. Powered by the industry-leading Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ cloud security infrastructure, our products and services stop threats where they emerge – from the Internet. They are supported by 1,000+ threat intelligence experts around the globe.


TrendLabs is Trend Micro’s global network of research, development, and support centers committed to 24/7 threat surveillance, attack prevention, and timely and seamless solutions delivery. With a 1,000-strong staff of threat experts and support engineers deployed in round-the-clock operations, it stays at the forefront of the Internet security industry and serves as the backbone of Trend Micro’s service infrastructure.

With accurate, real-time data, TrendLabs delivers more effective security measures designed to detect, preempt, and eliminate attacks. TrendLabs monitors the threat landscape and conducts research and analysis used to develop the technologies needed to combat new threats. It also houses the Trend Micro support organization that provides continuous coverage to Trend Micro customers worldwide.

Headquartered in the Philippines, TrendLabs is the only multinational research, development, and support center with an extensive regional presence. With labs in the United States, Japan, France, Germany, and China, TrendLabs enables Trend Micro to identify and respond more quickly to targeted threats. Because our research and support groups never sleep and are capable of understanding local languages, we can respond to our customers as well as to new threats in real time. As a result, customers can minimize damages, reduce costs, and ensure business continuity.

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