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An almanac for advanced persistent threats

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What: The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology's "Know Your Enemies: A Primer on Advanced Persistent Threat Groups"

Why: Call it "Advanced Persistent Threats 101"

ICIT’s roundup of global hacker organizations offers insight into the methods, support and identities of some of the worst cyber threats on the planet.

The document is a mini-encyclopedia that comprehensively surveys the methods, known attacks and available intelligence on 19 hacker groups believed to be operating out of China, Iran, Russia, Syria, North Korea and the United States, from Anonymous (the global hacking mob) to Quedagh/Sandworm (the "Dune"-reading, likely state-sponsored Russians).

Of course, ICIT's authors make careful note of the fact that the cyber threat landscape is ever-changing, and no static document can encompass the enormous diversity of active hacking groups.

The primer also includes an extensive glossary defining cybersecurity terms and attack vectors.

Verbatim: "These elite factions are known as Advanced Persistent Threats, and basic security measures are not enough to stop them from compromising some of the best-secured systems around the world. Globally, at least a hundred advanced persistent threat groups are currently operational as criminal operations, mercenary groups, or nation-state sponsored divisions."

Read the full primer here.

About the Author

Zach Noble is a staff writer covering digital citizen services, workforce issues and a range of civilian federal agencies.

Before joining FCW in 2015, Noble served as assistant editor at the viral news site TheBlaze, where he wrote a mix of business, political and breaking news stories and managed weekend news coverage. He has also written for online and print publications including The Washington Free Beacon, The Santa Barbara News-Press, The Federalist and Washington Technology.

Noble is a graduate of Saint Vincent College, where he studied English, economics and mathematics.

Click here for previous articles by Noble, or connect with him on Twitter: @thezachnoble.


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