AT&T Cybersecurity

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AT&T Cybersecurity
AlienVault (2007-2019)
IndustryComputer Security, Computer Software
FoundedMadrid, Spain 2007; 12 years ago (2007)
  • Julio Casal
  • Dominique Karg
  • Ignacio Cabrera
  • Alberto Roman
HeadquartersSan Mateo, California
Key people
  • Barmak Meftah (President and CEO)
  • Roger Thornton (AT&T VP - Products & Technology)
  • Jaime Blasco (VP Product Development)
  • Marcus Bragg (AT&T VP - Sales & Marketing)
Number of employees
ParentAT&T Communications (2018-present)

AT&T Cybersecurity is a developer of commercial and open source solutions to manage cyber attacks,[1] including the Open Threat Exchange, the world's largest crowd-sourced computer-security platform.[2] In July 2017, the platform had 65,000 participants who contributed more than 14 million threat indicators daily. The company has raised $116 million since it was founded in 2007. On July 10, 2018, it was acquired by AT&T Communications, becoming a wholly owned subsidiary when the transaction was completed on August 22, 2018.[3][4] In February 2019, AlienVault was renamed AT&T Cybersecurity.[5]


The OSSIM project began in 2003 and was started by Dominique Karg,[6] Julio Casal[7], Ignacio Cabrera and Alberto Román.[8] It became the basis of AlienVault, founded in 2007 in Madrid, Spain.[9]

The company hired the management team of Hewlett Packard's Fortify group in 2012, including AlienVault CEO Barmak Meftah, CTO Roger Thornton and five others.[10]

In 2015, the company partnered with Intel to coordinate real-time threat information.[11] A similar deal with Hewlett Packard was announced the same year.[2]

In 2015, AlienVault researchers released a study disclosing that Chinese hackers were circumventing popular privacy tools.[12]

In June 2015, AlienVault Chief Scientist Jaime Blasco released a report saying that Chinese hackers found a way to circumvent both virtual private networks (VPNs), and Tor, anonymity software that hides a computer’s location by routing its requests through a series of Internet Service Providers.[12][13]

AlienVault Open Threat Exchange had 26,000 participants in 140 countries reporting more than one million potential threats daily, as of June 2015. [14]

In February 2017, AlienVault released USM Anywhere, a SaaS security monitoring platform designed to centralize threat detection, incident response and compliance management of cloud, hybrid cloud, and on-premises environments from a cloud-based console.[15][16]

By July 2017, AlienVault Open Threat Exchange platform had 65,000 participants who contributed more than 14 million threat indicators daily.[17]

On July 10, 2018 AT&T announced to acquire AlienVault for an undisclosed amount.[18] The acquisition was completed on August 22, 2018 and the company became a subsidiary of AT&T through its communications unit.[19]

On February 26, 2019, AlienVault was renamed AT&T Cybersecurity.[20]


In addition to their free products, AT&T Cybersecurity offers a paid security platform, called Unified Security Management, that integrates threat detection, incident response, and compliance management into one solution.[21] Threat applications are offered via hardware, virtual machines, and as a cloud service.[1]

The Open Threat Exchange (OTX), which is free, enables security experts to research and collaborate on new threats, better compare data and integrate threat information into their security systems.[14] A big data platform, OTX leverages natural language processing and machine learning.[14]

AT&T Cybersecurity also runs the Open Source Security Information Management (OSSIM) project, which helps network administrators with computer security, intrusion detection, and response.[22][23]


In August 2015, the firm raised $52 million to expand its security business. The round was led by Institutional Venture Partners and included GGV Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Trident Capital, and Jackson Square Ventures.[1][22]

The company said in 2015 that it was adding 300 to 400 new clients each quarter and it hired a Chief Financial Officer to help it prepare for a possible Initial Public Offering (IPO).[1]

By the end of fiscal year 2016, AlienVault recorded about 53 percent year-over-year sales growth and increased its install base by about 65 percent to approximately 5,000 commercial customers.[24]

AlienVault has raised $116 million since it was founded in 2007.[25]


In 2017, AlienVault won the "BEST CLOUD COMPUTING SECURITY SOLUTION" for EMEA presented by SC Magazine UK.[26] In the same year, Forbes featured AlienVault in their Forbes Cloud 100 list.[27]

Deloitte featured AlienVault in their Deloitte Technology Fast 500 list in 2015 and 2016.[28]

In 2015, AlienVault won the "Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Solution of the Year" presented by The Computing Security Awards.[29]

In 2014, AlienVault was nominated for “Best SMB Security Product” and Jaime Blasco, Director of AlienVault Labs, was nominated for “Technology Hero of the Year” by V3, a technology industry publication.[30]


AlienVault competes in the SIEM and network security industry against HP ArcSight, IBM QRadar and LogRhythm, among others.[31]


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