Cyber security

AT&T today announced the immediate availability of a new cybersecurity solution designed for government agencies. The solution, AT&T Threat Detection and Response for Government, is built from the carrier’s security management platform, which includes a variety of capabilities, including compliance management, incident response and other capabilities.

Carriers are increasingly getting into cybersecurity offerings as threats become more prevalent. AT&T’s launch comes only a couple of weeks after the Colonial Pipeline hack that temporarily cut off oil supplies through much of the East Coast. Though the pipeline is privately owned, the attack highlighted the risks of cybersecurity threats.

AT&T’s government-targeted cybersecurity solution was announced a day after President Biden’s Executive Order designed to improve the nation’s cybersecurity and protect federal government networks.

AT&T’s threat detection technology can be integrated with other security tools. According to the carrier, the solution meets U.S. Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) requirements for cloud service providers operating at moderate impact level.

“The need for effective threat detection and response is more important than ever as federal and state agencies and departments look to modernize legacy systems and embrace cloud computing,” said Brandon Pearce, AT&T AVP, product marketing management, in a prepared statement about AT&T Threat Detection and Response for Government.

The offering is “a highly secure solution that can help reduce risk, enabling agencies to focus on their mission,” Pearce said.

The carrier also offers AT&T Cybersecurity Consulting, which includes professional services to help government and other customers with installation of solutions and integration with other security tools.

“As state and federal governments transform to using digital technologies, they are facing increasing digital risks and budget constraints while needing to protect critical assets including data, applications, systems and endpoints,” said Martha Vazquez, IDC senior research analyst, security services.

AT&T offers a wide range of cybersecurity offerings. At the other end of the scale, the carrier recently launched its ActiveArmor solution for mobile and broadband customers.

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