AT&T, SingTel & Telefonica to share threat intelligence

AT&T, Singtel and Telefonica are the first Telco Security Alliance members to participate in the threat intelligence sharing initiative but expansion to other members is planned.

Telco Security Alliance threat intelligence is derived from multiple sources including anonymized data from alliance member security operations centers and security investigations. By pooling valuable information on new malware campaigns and indicators of compromise from ongoing attacks, our customers gain a more global and complete view of cybersecurity developments that may impact operations.

Joint threat intelligence sharing will allow security analysts to take more proactive means to combat malicious activities. The group will accomplish this by writing and pushing signatures for newly discovered malware and phishing campaigns across customer products and environments down to individual endpoints. The different feeds serving the threat intelligence instruments will utilize the AT&T Alien Labs Open Threat Exchange (OTX) platform.

“Access to global actionable threat intelligence has become increasingly crucial as cyber threats traverse sovereign boundaries,” said Chng Tien San, Global Head of Alliances at Trustwave, a Singtel company.

“Our customers demand us to deliver contextualized threat intelligence, delivering as many details as possible to reveal undetected attacks. By leveraging the Alliance members’ most relevant IoCs into one single platform, it will allow us to improve our detection and response, and the emerging playbooks will let our analysts focus on the analysis and investigations of the advanced threat defeating techniques,” said Sebastián Garcia de Saint-Leger, Telco Sector manager at ElevenPaths, Telefónica’s cybersecurity unit.

Jaime Blasco, AVP of Product Development for AT&T Cybersecurity said, “This initiative has already proved valuable to AT&T’s visibility into current threats, and as we continue to work together, our focus is on utilizing this relationship to deliver better threat intelligence to our customers.”

The Telco Security Alliance formed by AT&T, Etisalat, Singtel, SoftBank and Telefónica, is the first global security alliance between telecom operators.

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