‘Threat Intellect’ Service Examines Billions of Network Security Events in Minutes, AT&T Says

The technology helps to identify abnormal and malicious activity based on data patterns.

DALLAS – AT&T (NYSE: T) has launched a new network threat monitoring and management service it calls Threat Intellect, which the telecom giant says leverages its investments into software-defined network (SDN) technology and network functions virtualization (NFV).

The move to SDN and NFV technology will allow AT&T to more quickly and easily identify and defend against network threats and hacking, as well as sell its new threat monitoring services to businesses and others, according to a press release.

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Threat Intellect automates the deployment of security protections. AT&T estimates the automation will improve the speed at which it can deploy security protections by more than 95%, thereby vastly improving threat detection and resolution.

This transformation in security is similar to the progress made in computer search tools, the company states.

“In the past, you had to know exactly where a specific file was stored to access it. Now, you only need a key word to find that file,” says Steve McGaw, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business Solutions.
“AT&T Threat Intellect has a similar capability. It is the power behind every AT&T firewall, network security protection and every other security capability we have integrated in our network and services.”

The carrier says it detects more than 30 billion vulnerability scans and 400 million spam messages on its IP network each day.

“The power of Threat Intellect gives us the ability to process 5 billion security events, a full day’s worth of activity for all of our security customers combined in only 10 minutes,” McGaw adds.

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Although Bosch’s name is quite familiar to those in the security industry, his previous experience has been in daily newspaper journalism. Prior to joining SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in 2006, he spent 15 years with the Los Angeles Times, where he performed a wide assortment of editorial responsibilities, including feature and metro department assignments as well as content producing for latimes.com. Bosch is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Mass Communication & Journalism. In 2007, he successfully completed the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association’s National Training School coursework to become a Certified Level I Alarm Technician.

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