The global telco security alliance form by Singtel, Etisalat, Softbank, and Telefónica has added its first North American operator to its ranks, in the form of AT&T.
The alliance, which was initially formed in April 2018, combines the resources capabilities of telecom operators to help protect all types of businesses from the growing threat of sophisticated cyber-attacks.
The addition of AT&T, which serves over three million global businesses, to this alliance will significantly boost the resources and insights offered by the alliance as a whole.
“We are thrilled to be the first telco in North America to join the alliance, and to do so as a founding member,” said Barmak Meftah, president of cyber security at AT&T.
“Hackers have well established and organised communities that cooperate to produce cyber threats and it is time large network operators work together to help deliver disruptive innovations and enable our global customers to detect and respond to threats faster and protect their digital footprint."
AT&T has put significant resources into building its cyber security capabilities over recent years, as the industry as a whole has suffered a series of data breaches.
Most recently, the provider acquired AlienVault, which has now been rebranded as AT&T cyber security, to boost its security capability.
The global alliance can now hardness the expertise of more than 6,000 security experts and a global network of more than 28 security operations centres.
Combined, the members of the Alliance now cover more than 1.2 billion customers in more than 60 countries across Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
Furthermore, the alliance plans to expand its scope of activities and global footprint over time and is open to adding new members in the future.
In late 2018, founding member Singtel revealed that it too has created a new cyber security and managed security service provider, bringing together Optus and NCS capabilities to create a cyber powerhouse, under the Trustwave brand.
Trustwave was set up to help businesses fight cybercrime, protect data and reduce security risk, while offering a comprehensive portfolio of managed security services, security testing, consulting, technology solutions and cyber security education.