Ransomware vs. APT attack

APT attack and ransomware have been the most dreaded types of malware over the past few years.Though most users are aware of their dangerousness and the potential huge losses resulted from the infected computers, they usually cannot distinguish these two threats from one another. In this regard, Cellopoint can indicate the differences between these two types of malware by organizing a comparison chart, which can help users to know more about the differences between the two widely-discussed cyberattacks.

APT stands for Advanced Persistent Threat, which indicates that it aims at specific targets and is carried out over a long period of time. On the contrary, ransomware is sent to a large number of recipients in order to achieve a higher attack rate. In terms of its attack strategy, APT infiltrates a computer network and remains there undetected for a long time. By gaining access to the host computer and eventually the full control over it, APT waits for the right opportunity to launch its attack and steals valuable data from the host computer. On the other hand, instead of having a latency, a ransomware will display a message once the victim opens the malicious attachments.

Typical APT attack intends to steal user accounts, passwords and confidential data. But ransomware encrypts the local files of the infected computer and then encrypts the share folders of that computer’s internal network. On the whole, APT results in more substantial and unexpected damage. The affected organizations are often shocked by the attack’s long latency. Meanwhile, the major hassle caused by ransomware is the encryption of important data, and this can only be solved by paying ransom for the decryption key. If no comprehensive security check of the computer system is conducted after the APT is discovered, there is a huge possibility that the APT will continue to remain in the computer. As for ransomware, employees must stay alert, otherwise; their computers are likely to be attacked again.

To prevent APT attack, Cellopoint proposes the most effective solution - Secure Email Gateway, which is an integrated secure email passage deployed in front of the mail server. Equipped with a multi-layer scan mechanism, it can effectively prevent threats from advanced malware. Also, Cellopoint recommends users to purchase Social engineering testing service. This is a service that sends test mails imitating real phishing mails to the users. In this way, your employees’ awareness of the danger of opening mails from unknown sources will be increased. This is the first essential step against ransomware attack. Besides, there is another powerful tool which can defend your computers against both APT attack and ransomware: APT-Probe is a platform which detects advanced malware and protects your computer system from Advanced Persistent Threats, Zero Day Attacks and Evasive Malware.

Contact Cellopoint Sales team to learn more about APT attack and ransomware. Email: sales@cellopooint.com