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AT&T follows AlienVault acquisition with new cyber threat service

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AT&T has introduced a managed threat detection and response service, which will be marketed at enterprises across the world.

The move comes a year after AT&T bought cybersecurity company AlienVault to help it sell security management to small and medium-sized businesses.

“It’s for small enterprises that don’t have their own security operations centre (SOC) and large enterprises to augment their SOCs,” said Skylar Talley (pictured), associate director at AT&T Cybersecurity, the unit that now includes AlienVault.

Since the deal the expanded AT&T unit has “repositioned our go-to-market exercise”, said Talley. “We’re seeing a growing market, and the numbers prove it.”

In March AT&T joined the Global Telco Security Alliance, which was launched in April 2018 by Etisalat, Singtel, SoftBank and Telefónica. AT&T runs its own open threat exchange (OTX) where its security specialists gather information on new threats. “Anybody can create an OTX account,” said Talley. One of the most significant growing threats is on infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) operations, he said.

AT&T Cybersecurity said the new service delivers 24×7 security monitoring, security orchestration and automated incident response to help organisations protect against advanced threats and reduce risk.