By every approximation, Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are rising at an exponential rate. A massive industry of cybersecurity products, which go far beyond early-generation anti-virus and firewall solutions, has sprung up to combat and address these new threats at the various stages of the exploitation lifecycle.

Although APTs may vary significantly from each other, there’s one clear common denominator that is at the heart of every successful attack.

Traditional defenses, even the most advanced ones such as sandboxing, have all been based on the assumption that using advanced techniques will be able to detect “malicious intent” and separate it from “good content.” This game of cat and mouse is what the industry is experiencing these days and one that is won by the attackers as they continue to evolve their techniques to work around “heuristics” detection.

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