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APTs vs. AETs: What’s the Difference and Why Should You Care? – May #SecChat

By on May 21, 2014

Do you know the difference between an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) and an Advanced Evasion Technique (AET)? If not, you are not alone. According to a recent Vanson Bourne survey (commissioned by McAfee) of 800 CIOs and security mangers, many security professionals are unable to correctly define “AET” while many thought they were protected from AETs.

It is time to set the record straight so organizations can ensure they are protected against the 800+ million evasion techniques that can be easily used by APTs .

Our May #SecChat will focus on how to correctly identify and understand the differences between APTs and AETs. To help lead this chat, we are very excited to be joined by McAfee Senior Vice President and General Manager, Network Security, Pat Calhoun.

During the chat, we will discuss such questions as how AETs have been able to remain off the radar for so long and how you can detect AETs. Other topics that will be touched on include why APT protection does not ensure AET protection and how businesses are going to adapt to the amorphous nature of AET threats. Of course, we always encourage you to bring your own questions to #SecChat as well.

To join our May #SecChat, please follow the steps below:

  • Sign into your Twitter account at
  • Search for the #SecChat hashtag (using Twitter, or a Twitter client like and watch the real-time stream.
  • Follow @McAfeeBusiness. We’ll get the conversation started by posing a few questions to participants.
  • Tweet your reactions, questions, and replies to the chat, making sure to tag all your tweets with the #SecChat hashtag along the way!
  • If you have any questions prior to the chat, please tweet to @McAfeeBusiness.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars, RSVP to our Twtvite, and make sure you check out the full list of findings from The Security Industry’s Dirty Secret report and Pat Calhoun’s blog, No More Secrets: Report Exposes Severe Corporate Risk.

We look forward to seeing you in the stream!