AT&T Addresses the SMB Market with the Acquisition of AlienVault
by Christopher Kissel, Martha Vazquez, Frank Dickson
On July 10, 2018, AT&T announced its intention to acquire AlienVault. Considering the recent activities of both companies, the intent to purchase is somewhat surprising. Ostensibly, AT&T's energies should be devoted to closing it's $85.4 billion deal to purchase Time Warner—a deal that has been contested by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) for roughly 18 months. AlienVault, while it had expressed an interest of going public, the company was in no apparent rush to be acquired as it was growing at roughly 50% YoY (according to IDC).