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New AT&T Cybersecurity Division Features Former AlienVault


Roughly six months after AT&T acquired AlienVault, the parent company has reorganized is cybersecurity assets into a new standalone business division. Specifically, AlienVault has combined with AT&T Cybersecurity Consulting and AT&T Managed Security Services to form a new standalone division, AT&T Cybersecurity.

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AT&T Cybersecurity's Mike LaPeters
Barmak Meftah

Barmak Meftah, the division's leader, previously was AlienVault's CEO. He confirmed the new division's launch in a blog post this week. He stated:

"With the acquisition of AlienVault, AT&T Cybersecurity will continue to deliver on our joint vision to address these “seams” and uniquely bring together people, process, and technology through a “software defined” unified security management platform. A platform that integrates, automates and orchestrates a wide spectrum of best-of-breed point security products."

AT&T Cybersecurity's Services

According to an email from AT&T Cybersecurity, the division's focus areas include:

  • AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM) for continuous security monitoring, log management, and out-of-the-box compliance reporting.
  • Risk-based Cyber Posture Assessment - Delivering a holistic view of customers' cyber risks as well as recommendations on how to improve a security posture.
  • External Vulnerability Scanning Service - Rapidly scans external systems and applications to identify vulnerabilities and security weaknesses.
  • Cybersecurity IQ Training – This allows customers to toward satisfying compliance requirements for security awareness training while measuring the overall security awareness in an organization.
  • Penetration Testing - This identifies and evaluates key attack vectors that could be used to compromise an organization’s critical data and assets.

AT&T Cybersecurity: RSA Conference 2019

Additional details are expected to surface at RSA Conference 2019 starting March 4 in San Francisco. Multiple AlienVault veterans, including Channel Chief Mike LaPeters, are expected to attend the conference to further explain AT&T Cybersecurity's strategy to partners and customers.

AT&T Managed Security Services was a Top 100 MSSP ahead of the AlienVault acquisition. AT&T has vowed to maintain AlienVault's partner-centric heritage, which includes MSP and VARs leveraging  AlienVault's software to speed the shift to MSSP services. We'll be seeking updates on that partner strategy at RSA Conference.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.