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AlienVault Offers Threat Data To-go With Mobile App Offerings

AlienVaultthe company behind open source SIEM, OSSIM, on Wednesday announced the formation of the Open Minds Exchange (OME), a resource center housing a collection of research, tools, and thoughts from both their in house experts and those in the security community. In an effort to make access to this data readily available, the security firm released two mobile applications for iOS as part of the initiative.

Mobile Application AlienVault Mobile Console and Alienvault OTX (both available via iTunes) will give users the ability to get real-time data on malicious IP addresses and domains, as well as offer existing customers access to their management console, all from their iPhone or iPad.

In February 2012, the San Mateo, California-based company launched the AlienVault Open Threat Exchange, a platform where OSSIM users and AlientVault customers can share threat intelligence data and improve their organization's cyber situational awareness.

The data available via the new OTX mobile application is sourced from a community of more than 18,000 global AlienVault and OSSIM users; each one of them adding something to the threat intelligence data. That collected data feeds a real-time threat map, the open source IP reputation database and downloadable IP reputation database, infographics and other online resources.

“Advanced cyber attacks are occurring at a pace never before seen, and the only way the security community can prepare for and defend against them is by maintaining a steady exchange of intelligence and information,” said Barmak Meftah, AlienVault CEO.

“It’s our goal to make security visibility and intelligence accessible to anyone,” continued Meftah. “We believe the Open Minds Exchange will be a valuable resource for time and resource-strapped security practitioners and decision-makers who need quick access to the latest research and threat analysis.”

In related news, some of the information recently published to the OME shows that China, followed by the U.S., and South Korea are responsible for the most malicious IP addresses by country. Exe files, followed by HTML and archive files (Zip, RAR), account for the most common malicious content seen on a daily basis.  

Additional information and access to the OME is available here

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Steve Ragan is a security reporter and contributor for SecurityWeek. Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, he spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on endpoint security and security training.