Security Art's Iftach Ian Amit discusses targeted attacks and how you should go beyond just technology to defend against them.
Some people might be surprised to hear that most targeted attacks aren't directed at a specific individual or item of equipment. Although some strive to reach such victims, normally they focus on a small group of individuals or systems in order to carry out their task.
Targeted attacks are also tasked with greater goals than a traditional attack. For instance, they may intend to steal specific documentation, access custom systems, control or modify information, etc.), but they're not actually that technologically different from "traditional" attacks.
In my experience of the clients we have helped at Security Art
, some attacks do utilize some of the most ingenious technologies and techniques. But at the end of the day, when you scrape off the "cool cloak" (custom hiding techniques to make the code bypass security technologies), you realize that we are still dealing with the same vulnerabilities, and the same rootkit and Trojan techniques.