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APT Is A Four Letter Word

by Greg Young  |  July 21, 2010  |  Comments Off on APT Is A Four Letter Word

I thought it was only security company names that were sounding like pharmaceuticals.  Now new artificial terms are as well: “Advanced Persistent Threats” or APT (“if you think you have APT, contact your doctor …”).  APT is valueless when viewed through the lens of relativism: when weren’t threats persistent or advanced?  Yes, attacks that use multiple vectors are different but call them that.  APT and BOO are synonyms.  Threats continue to advance, are more persistent and don’t stand still – an artificial milestone is just artificial.

My old friend and colleague Mathew Soong has retired from Gartner Consulting: best wishes and I’ll miss you Mathew.  Mathew wasn’t a security guy but I leaned a lot from him. The best memory I have is Mathew explaining the budget impediment of incumbent products, leaving such a small % to spend on new things.  And if you spend that % on new things, that will leave less money next year for new things.

The InfraPro HC is coming along well.  We’re not seeing many new technologies added this year. 

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Greg Young
Research VP
6 years at Gartner
22 years IT security

Greg Young is a research vice president in Gartner and the lead analyst for network security. Mr. Young has experience in IT security in product companies, and in both the private and public sectors. He spent his military career in technology security… Read Full Bio

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