Institute for Software Research
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


An Advanced Persistent Threat Exemplar

Ryan Wayner, Matthew Fredrikson, David Garlan

July 2017


Keywords: Advanced Persistent Threat, APT, Exemplar, Cyber Security, Cybersecurity, Cyber, Attack, Adaptation, Self-Adaptive

Security researchers do not have sufficient example systems for conducting research on advanced persistent threats, and companies and agencies that experience attacks in the wild are reluctant to release detailed information that can be examined. In this paper, we describe an Advanced Persistent Threat Exemplar that is intended to provide a real-world attack scenario with sufficient complexity for reasoning about defensive system adaptation, while not containing so much information as to be too complex. It draws from actual published attacks and experiences as a security engineer by the authors.

21 pages

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