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Industry Computer Security, Computer Software
Founded 2007
Founder Julio Casal, Dominique Karg, Alberto Roman
Headquarters San Mateo, California (US) and Madrid, Spain
Key people
Barmak Meftah, CEO; Roger Thornton, CTO; Jaime Blasco, Chief Scientist
Number of employees

AlienVault 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] with more than 26,000 participants in 140 countries that share more than one million potential threats daily.[3] The company has raised $116 million since it was founded in 2007.[4] In 2015, AlienVault researchers released a study disclosing that Chinese hackers were circumventing popular privacy tools.[5]


In addition to their free products, AlienVault offers a paid security platform, called Unified Security Management, that integrates threat detection, incident response, and compliance management into one solution.[6] 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.[3] A big data platform, OTX leverages natural language processing and machine learning.[3]

AlienVault also runs the Open Source Security Information Management (OSSIM) project, which helps network administrators with computer security, intrusion detection, and response.[7][8]


The OSSIM project began in 2003 and was started by Dominique Karg,[9] Julio Casal[10] and later Alberto Román.[11] It became the basis of AlienVault, founded in 2007 in Madrid, Spain.[12]

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.[13]

In 2015, the company partnered with Intel to coordinate real-time threat information.[14] A similar deal with Hewlett Packard was announced the same year.[2]

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.[5][15]


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 Caufield and Byers.[1][7]

The company said in 2015 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]


In 2017 AlienVault won the "BEST CLOUD COMPUTING SECURITY SOLUTION" for EMEA presented by SC Magazine uk [16]

In 2015, AlienVault won the "Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Solution of the Year" presented by The Computing Security Awards.[17]

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.[18]


AlienVault competes in the SIEM and network security industry against HP ArcSight, IBM QRadar and LogRhythm, among others.[19]


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