In an effort to create a holistic independent business unit under the Cybersecurity banner, AT&T acquired AlienVault in 2018 to strengthen its cybersecurity portfolio and merged its cybersecurity consulting business with its managed security services offering. This allows for a comprehensive unified approach towards delivering on-demand digital services.
Their proprietary Threat Intellect platform, powered by analytics and ML, serves as the focal point of their cybersecurity strategy.
AT&T has created formal industry alliances such as the Global Telco Security Alliance to share insights related to advanced cyber attacks with other leading global telco operators. It is also part of the IoT Cybersecurity Alliance to mitigate the damage of IoT-related cyber attacks globally.
It has also formed a strategic alliance with insurance industry leaders Lockton Affinity and CAN where AT&T has introduced affordable cybersecurity technologies, services and insurance protections to small and midsize businesses.
AT&T has entered into a formal R&D agreement with the US Air Force to share cybersecurity-related industry best practices and IoT-related innovations for the Air Force Academy Faculty. This will facilitate exploring potential opportunities beyond academic requirements and to keep the Air Force abreast of commercial innovation by understanding its current and future needs.
In September last year (2018), it partnered with Ericsson to provide an array of testing services to safeguard IoT devices from emerging vulnerabilities through CTIA, a wireless testing and cybersecurity certification program. This will allow enterprises to better protect their devices and networks.
Investments and Innovation
AT&T has developed a robust innovation program wherein its scientists and engineers perform research on varied areas, including IP networking, advanced network design architecture, network and cyber security. Cybersecurity innovation is driven by its AT&T Security Research Center and their recently acquisitioned entity, AlienVault Labs.
In order to develop skills and awareness around cybersecurity, it recently gifted USD 15K to the Center of Cybersecurity of the University of West Florida, with the intent to increase cybersecurity awareness and address the shortage of cyber-related professionals expected by the end of 2021.
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