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AlienVault OTX Threat Intelligence Community Exceeds 65K Participants

Jaime Blasco
Jaime Blasco

AlienVault, the unified security management (USM) platform provider, has upgraded its Open Threat Exchange (OTX) threat intelligence community.

The company today unveiled the following OTX enhancements at the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas:

  • Pulse Creation Tools: Enable OTX participants to create pulses, threat summaries, software targets and related indicators of compromise (IOC).
  • Adversary Pages: Compile threat information on specific threat actors and groups and feature all related pulses and available Malware Information Sharing Platforms (MISP) project descriptions.
  • Groups: Allow security researchers and practitioners to provide OTX participants with a public or private community forum to discuss recent trends in attack methods and threat intelligence tips.
  • Standards Support: Now supports new standardized data formats and protocols commonly used by Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs) and Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs), including STIX and TAXII.
  • YARA Rules: Supports YARA rules to identify and classify malware samples and includes a YARA rule builder.

The OTX enhancements enable community participants to share threat intelligence faster than ever before, AlienVault Vice President and Chief Scientist Jaime Blasco said in a company statement.

Also, the enhancements ensure that OTX participants can "get the most relevant and timely threat indicators they need to protect their environment for free," Blasco stated.

OTX grew 20 percent on a quarter-over-quarter basis, according to AlienVault. In addition, AlienVault indicated that OTX now features more than 65,000 participants who share more than 14 million pieces of threat data daily.

With OTX, community participants can enjoy "open security for all, powered by the community," AlienVault said.

The threat intelligence community enables participants to contribute and consume threat information for free, AlienVault stated, and ensures that participants can stay up to date with threat research and investigate emerging threats.

AlienVault Launches New USM Anywhere Apps

AlienVault has has been busy on the technology platform front. The company last month announced Palo Alto NetworksServiceNow and Carbon Black AlienApps for its USM Anywhere cloud security monitoring platform.

The AlienApps enable organizations to identify and address cyber threats in Microsoft Office 365Google G SuiteCisco Umbrella and other cloud environments, AlienVault said in a prepared statement.

AlienVault currently has more than 3,000 employees worldwide and continues to grow.

Last year, AlienVault recorded 53 percent year-over-year revenue growth and double-digit growth across all regions and more than tripled the number of end user customers being serviced by its MSSP channel network, according to the company.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.