AT&T made a move yesterday to bolster its network security portfolio with the announcement of plans to acquire AlienVault. San Mateo-based AlienVault specializes in threat detection, analyzing data from the Open Threat Exchange to enable collaborative defense.
AT&T will bring AlienVault's expertise in-house, incorporating it into the company's own cybersecurity solutions portfolio and enabling AT&T to better defend its business and enterprise customers, especially on the smaller end.
When it comes to big players buying out small, boutique specialists to fill out their portfolio, there is perhaps no more common case than that of buying security talent and technology. I think a lot of that derives from the need for swift evolution of security strategies in today's world. Larger organizations are better at implementing such things at scale, but when it comes to the actual innovation it is the smaller groups that tend to be the nimble ones.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and things should be closed sometime in Q3.