​To a cyber threat actor, lateral movement means all the difference between compromising a single asset and potentially navigating throughout an organization to establish a persistent presence. While a hacker might initially succeed in infiltrating an environment via a number of methods, such as an opportunistic phishing attack, or a targeted attack based on stolen credentials or an exploit, lateral movement is the means to find data of value, compromise additional assets, and, ultimately, execute malware for reconnaissance and command and control.

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