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AT&T to Buy AlienVault

Terms of the deal - which closes in Q3 - were not disclosed.

AT&T today announced that it will acquire threat intelligence company AlienVault in a move to extend its security offerings to small-to-midsized organizations.

While terms of the deal were not disclosed, AT&T said it plans to invest in the evolution of AlienVault's Unified Security Management platform and Open Threat Exchange community, and the integration of AlienVault's offerings into AT&T's.

"Regardless of size or industry, businesses today need cyber threat detection and response technologies and services," said Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO of AT&T Business, in a statement. "AlienVault's expertise in threat intelligence will improve our ability to help organizations 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 sizes."

AT&T said the acquisition is scheduled to close in the third quarter of this year.

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7/10/2018 | 8:47:22 PM
Concern With Cybersecurity Acquisitions by Telecoms & ISPs
For months we've been seeing a flurry of cybersecurity sector acquisitions by big money, from ISP management companies to heavy hitter telecoms. I get it - ISP, wireless and cellular service providers are getting hit hard and the key to customers continuing with their current providers - and especially new users signing on - is a sense of security, improved and guaranteed. But this one gives me pause.

AlienVault are the folks behind Open Threat Exchange (OTX). It's one of the coolest communities out there based around threat data sharing and discussion. I jumped on board as soon as I had the opportunity. Part of what made this possible was AlienVault's then independent status, and later collaboration with Intel and HP brought valuable realtime data into the mix. What if AT&T had acquired AlienVault in 2011? Would OTX have even been released, or would it have carried a hefty subscription fee?

I worry acquisition of forward-thinking cybersecurity firms like AlienVault could have a negative impact on projects like OTX. While not the same setup as AlienVault, I can't imagine what would become of RedTeam Security, for example, if Verizon were to acquire them. I hate to see my favorite cyber warriors getting snatched up, but out of respect for their founders I also wish them the best. We wouldn't be where we are today without them.
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