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Telco Security Alliance strives to develop threat detection

The Telco Security Alliance has committed to new collaborative efforts to further develop threat detection capabilities through shared intelligence.

Members of the alliance, AT&T, Singtel and Telefónica, are working together, sharing the latest threat intelligence and indicators of compromise (IoCs) related to cybersecurity threats and global attack campaigns so they can help organisations remain resilient as the threat landscape evolves.

Telco Security Alliance threat intelligence is derived from multiple sources including anonymised data from alliance member security operations centers and security investigations, according to the companies.

By pooling valuable information on new malware campaigns and indicators of compromise from ongoing attacks, customers gain a more global and complete view of cybersecurity developments that may impact operations, the companies state.

Joint threat intelligence sharing will allow security analysts to take more proactive means to combat malicious activities. This will be accomplished 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 utilise the AT&T Alien Labs Open Threat Exchange (OTX) platform.

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

It aims to improve each member’s ability to respond rapidly to cybersecurity threats and help enterprises and government agencies address the growing threat of cyber attacks and the evolving threat landscape.

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

Trustwave global head of alliances Chng Tien San says, “Access to global actionable threat intelligence has become increasingly crucial as cyber threats traverse sovereign boundaries.

“Trustwave helps enterprises perform continuous threat detection and response, and we look forward to our continued collaboration with the Telco Security Alliance as we collectively help businesses embrace digital transformation securely.”

ElevenPaths Telco Sector managing director Sebastian Garcia de Saint-Leger says, “Our customers demand us to deliver contextualised 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.”

AT&T Cybersecurity AVP product development Jamie Blasco says, “This relationship supports the global fight against cybercrime.

“This initiative already proved valuable to AT&T’s visibility into current threats, and as we continue to work together, our focus is on utilising this relationship to deliver better threat intelligence to our customers.”

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