Unified Security Management and crowd-sourced threat intelligence provider AlienVault, announced the general availability of an updated version of Open Threat Exchange (OTX), its open threat intelligence community that enables collaborative defence with actionable, community-powered threat data.
The latest OTX offering, in beta since April 2015, is modelled on social sharing technologies, enabling security practitioners to easily research and collaborate on emerging threats, correlate data and quickly implement that threat data into their own security systems, including AlienVault’s Unified Security Management (USM) v5.1, which is also generally available from today.
“Nearly every vendor has some sort of threat service or product, but access is often limited unless you’re a customer or willing to pay a fee to consume that data,” said Stefan Schwoegler, Director of NetOps at b Spot, a mobile games community that lets you legally bet and win cash in the U.S. “What is compelling about AlienVault OTX is that it is open to anyone to participate or contribute, and it is truly a community where individuals can share, explore, challenge and validate threat data. OTX essentially gives practitioners everywhere their own security research organization.”
Launched in 2012 as one of the first crowd-sourced threat-sharing systems in the industry, OTX now has more than 26,000 participants in over 140 countries that contribute more than one million threat indicators daily.
The latest version of OTX contains thousands of threats, or pulses, created by OTX participants. Each OTX pulse provides users with a summary of the threat, a view into the software targeted and the related indicators of compromise (IoC) that can be used to spot attacker activity and detect threats, like IP addresses, domains, malware samples, emails and file hashes.
“We created the Open Threat Exchange on a core belief of strength in numbers,” said Barmak Meftah, president and CEO of AlienVault. “It has been shown time and time again, that if we work together as a community and freely share threat information and resources we can identify attacks sooner and react quicker, before they become devastating breaches. A collaborative defense is the only way to get ahead of the attackers. Security wins when we go on the offensive.”