AT&T Launches Security Resource Center

With info-sharing between businesses, vendors and researchers becoming increasingly critical in combatting a rising tide of security threats, AT&T has announced a threat intelligence portal for infosec specialists, IT managers, and senior security leaders. It will include research, discussion communities, personalized content and a mobile app.

The AT&T Security Resource Center will also be available to customers looking to tap into AT&T’s threat information and analysis information as they execute their security plans to defend against sophisticated attacks. The site is designed as a customizable home page with news and expert insights on topics that are important to the specific user. It all syncs with the mobile app to give users the same preferences and information on smartphones. Also, users can build their own reading list and follow the experts of their choice.

The center includes real-time alerts and information about threat levels and locations from around the world, as well as the top ongoing vulnerabilities, malware and phishing attacks. To populate the center, the global telco carries more than 60 Petabytes of data and analyzes 500+ million security events on its network every day.

“This is a unique level of insight that is available only because of our network and ability to see threat traffic (and greater volumes of it) before anyone else,” said a company spokesperson. “Putting this information in the hands of enterprise security leaders will drastically change the tactical response teams inside companies into strategic intelligence organizations.”

Individuals on the front lines fighting today’s determined and sophisticated attacks need real-time information on potential threats, noted Tina Hampton, associate vice-president for managed security services at AT&T, in a blog. “They also need information to help advise non-technical employees on security policy and the myriad security issues that get reported in the media,” she added.

At the same time, CISO/CSOs leaders must address security problems facing their organization while balancing employee demands and the need to save money, Hampton noted. “They are responsible for setting an organization’s overall security strategy and for the effectiveness of security systems and staff,” she said. “They must analyze and evaluate network and security vulnerabilities while managing complex security systems.”

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