11 July 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
AT&T has bought cybersecurity company AlienVault to help it sell security management to small and medium-sized businesses.
AlienVault is privately held, so does not need approval from
shareholders. The companies gave no price for the
Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO of AT&T Business, said:
"AlienVault’s expertise in threat intelligence
will improve our ability to help organisations detect and
respond to cybersecurity attacks. Together, with our
enterprise-grade detection, response and remediation
capabilities, we’re providing scalable,
intelligent, affordable security for business customers of all
AT&T said the acquisition will combine
AlienVault’s expertise in threat intelligence with
its own cybersecurity solutions portfolio that includes threat
detection and prevention as well as response technologies and
Once the acquisition closes, AT&T will sell its business
customers its unified security management platform "that helps
make organisations more effective at threat detection and
response, by giving them access to a broad set of
enterprise-grade security capabilities".
Arroyo said: "Regardless of size or industry, businesses today
need cyber threat detection and response technologies and
services. The current threat landscape has shifted this from a
luxury for some, to a requirement for all."
AT&T said it will continue to invest in and build on
AlienVault’s foundational unified security
management platform and Open Threat Exchange, its open threat
intelligence community. It will integrate AlienVault into
AT&T’s cybersecurity suite of services.
AlienVault president and CEO Barmak Meftah said:
"We’re thrilled to join forces with AT&T. They
bring a robust cybersecurity portfolio with an industry-leading
technology ecosystem. This deal accelerates our ability to
deliver on the AlienVault mission, which is to democratise
threat detection and response to companies of all sizes."