AT&T Absorbs AlienVault's Cybersecurity Insights

The new combo of AT&T and AlienVault will power the carrier's new SMB security services but it's not yet certain how reports and research from the Open Threat Exchange will be impacted.

Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large

July 11, 2018

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With its acquisition of AlienVault, AT&T is gaining significant new insight into threat detection and management, as well as a ready-made security service for small to midsized businesses.

AlienVault's 11 years of experience in the security space include two major platforms, its Unified Security Management (USM) platform, which delivered services directly to business customers, or powered managed security service providers (MSSPs) and its Open Threat Exchange (OTX) platform which was a crowdsourcing platform allowing security professionals and researchers to report their latest findings and threat data.

In response to an email inquiry, Danessa Lambdin, vice president of Cybersecurity Solutions, indicated AT&T will use AlienVault's USM platform to broaden the reach of its enterprise-focused security services to reach the SMB crowd and will also continue to serve MSSPs.

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"AlienVault offers a comprehensive, cloud-based Unified Security Management solution focused on small and medium-sized customers," Lambdin wrote. "This acquisition will bolster AT&T's and AlienVault's ability to deliver cybersecurity solutions, including threat intelligence, across all sales channels. AT&T understands the value in AlienVault's channels and would expect to continue to work with MSSPs."

Less clear at this early date are specifics around how AlienVault will be integrated into AT&T, and whether the reports and research it has been providing to the cybersecurity community will continue. Lambdin says it would be "premature" to discuss either issue. (See Lazarus Suspected of Attacking South Korea Sites With Zero-Day Exploit.)

AT&T clearly sees the commercial value in the information OTX brings, however.

"Collaboration and global insights are critical in providing ongoing intelligence about new and existing threats," Lambdin said via email. "AlienVault's Open Threat Exchange (OTX), the world's first and largest open threat intelligence community enables collaborative defense with actionable, community-powered threat data. AT&T sees value in the Open Threat Exchange and the ability to provide actionable threat insights to customers."

For more on the AT&T-AlienVault deal, you can read this story on our sister site, Light Reading.

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After a quarter of a century covering telecom, what Carol doesn't know about the industry can't even be Googled. Carol's CV, which is available as a partwork, includes spells at Telephony, Interactive Week and The Net Economy. She was also the founding of a telecom news website, BroadbandEdge. Prior to covering telecom, she covered higher education, business, politics, the arts, and sports for publications in North Carolina and Wisconsin. [Ed note: Is there such as thing as the arts in Wisconsin, technically speaking?]

Now working for Light Reading from her home aviary with faithful dog Sunny as her executive assistant and personal trainer, Carol welcomes feedback from her readers, particularly if they shout "Go Heels!" in her face at any given trade show.

In her current role, Carol is the link between the editorial team and other parts of the UBM Tech organization, including events. As part of her brief, she will be the Dean of the soon-to-be-launched Light Reading University, so if you were wondering about the outfit, now you know.

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