Cybersecurity Glossary

To implement effective cybersecurity solutions built for the digital world, it’s important to understand common industry concepts and definitions. This glossary provides you with cybersecurity terms to be aware of as you look to protect your organization against cyber threats.

Account takeover (ATO)

Account takeover (ATO) is when a hacker successfully takes ownership of one or multiple online accounts.

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Advanced persistent threat (APT)

An advanced persistent threat, or APT, is a type of cyberattack in which one or multiple threat actors gain unauthorized access to your systems or network for an extended period of time without being detected. Typical targets of APTs are large businesses and government organizations, since the scope of their systems is so large that detecting a seemingly small threat goes under their radar. Once an APT occurs, individuals can deepen their access to your systems and cause serious damage. Consequences of a successful APT include loss of sensitive information, intellectual property theft, malware viruses, and total site takeovers.

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