Conquering the APT

Advanced Persistent Threats are all the rage these days. The amount of discussion they seem to merit has me thinking they’re lurking just past every network perimeter device, waiting to drop on us.

Buzzwords are like that, turning up from out of nowhere and taking over the conversation. I don’t know if it’s how marketing has affected us all, or if we just all want something new to talk about, but it happens every time. I’ve seen a number of different attacks referred to as advanced persistent threats, and I haven’t seen one yet.

Let me break it down:

Advanced: I’m not exactly advanced in the world of computer security. I have a good head on my shoulders, and know enough to have a good solid start, but I have years to go yet. (See this post.) If you describe, conceptually, how an attack works, and I immediately know how to execute it, it’s not advanced. Simple attacks, blended together, are not advanced.

Persistent: If you’re being attacked, and your defenses stop the attack, and it then stops, it’s not persistent. Which leads directly into:

Threat: The obvious part here, is that it needs to be a threat to you. If you know how to stop an attack, and do so, is it still a threat? I guess if it’s persistent and advanced enough, it is.

Wait…if it’s so advanced that you don’t even know what it does, is it really a threat? Ah, language, you’re so silly.

So, I’ve decided to conquer the Advanced Persistent Threat in the best way possible. I’ve made it a cocktail.

Advanced Persistent Threat

Advanced Persistent Threat Cocktail

1 oz Cachaça

1/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur

3/4 oz Falernum

1/2 oz Gin

2 dashes orange bitters

2 oz tonic water

Chill a champagne flute. Mix all but the tonic water in a shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into the champagne flute, and top up with tonic water. Garnish as you like, as every APT is a little different.

I started with the idea of a French 75, because I love the things and can drink them all night..and always pay the price the next day. However, an APT in the computer world is such a funky thing; cachaça and maraschino are the funkiest ingredients around, so I started with those. Falernum seemed like a delicious pairing, and a good strong gin backed it up with some more punchiness. The tonic water was to brighten it up and stand in for the champagne. I’m not sure if champagne would work in this drink, and don’t have any on hand. Perhaps I’ll play with that later.

There you have it! Go conquer your own APT tonight!

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~ by Benjamin Kenneally on April 5, 2011.

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