17.8.36 An advanced persistent threat (APT)
An advanced persistent threat (APT) is a set of stealthy and continuous computer hacking processes, often orchestrated by human(s) targeting a specific entity. APT processes require a high degree of covertness over a long period of time. The advanced process signifies sophisticated techniques using malware to exploit vulnerabilities in systems. The persistent process suggests that an external command and control system is continuously monitoring and extracting data from a specific target. The threat process indicates human involvement in orchestrating the attack.