Energy companies choose consolidated cybersecurity

The recent onslaught of high-level breaches prompts new strategies

by Jacob Hill, Lead Marketing Manager, Security, AT&T

Malicious cyber activity is at an all-time high, as hackers innovate just as quickly, if not quicker than, their organizational counterparts. As these organizations adopt the Internet of Things into their day-to-day operations, more devices, applications and communications are at risk of attack.

The energy sector is particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks due to the high value of energy-oriented data. From executive emails to trade secrets, parties interested in corporate competition, environmental hacktivism and terrorism all have incentive to strike. In such a high threat environment, companies are finding that by outsourcing responsibility to a capable provider, they can help offset this vulnerability.

As the wider business world faces stronger and more frequent cybersecurity threats, corporate decision makers are increasingly looking to consolidate security services on a unified platform. A stitched-together patchwork of disparate products from different security vendors is simply not effective enough to protect against hackers that grow more sophisticated every day. Managers are finding comfort in the accountability they gain from a single contact familiar with their infrastructure and network traffic.

With one of the most robust datasets in the world, AT&T has emerged as a principal vendor for consolidated cybersecurity solutions. The unparalleled visibility of the network offers customers the ability to detect, prioritize, and mitigate threats from all corners of the world.

AT&T approaches security from a holistic standpoint. With AT&T Threat IntellectSM, a foundation of people processes, products and tools is incorporated into the suite of services, forming a security backbone that secures more connections than any communications company in North America.

Here’s how Threat Intellect works:

  • Threat Data available through the network helps to detect and react to new attacks, designed to validate threat information based on a massive database of threat signatures.More than 150 petabytes of traffic from 3800+ MPLS nodes occurs across the AT&T network everyday, creating one of the broadest views on anomalous activity.
  • Advanced Analytics use technology to understand and help identify abnormal and malicious activity based on data patterns. Certain activity can be traced back to unauthorized users or abnormal places, and then flagged for review. The process reduces the occurrence of false positives, saving customers time and money.
  • Teams and Tools are accessible to customers 24/7, in eight Global Security Operations Centers. Real life security experts monitor the data to prevent, detect and respond to threats. More than 2,000 security experts with 10 average years of experience help keep companies’ sensitive information in capable hands.

And now, businesses can gain the power of Threat Intellect with AT&T Threat Manager Log AnalysisSM.  The security portal is designed to facilitate easier management and upgrades, and is now recognized for its award-winning dashboard.

Threat Manager Log Analysis incorporates data from its own network, security functions, third parties and the government in order to best serve its customers. This unified approach allows AT&T to lead the charge for data protection in an ever-changing IT security landscape.

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