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Level 3 Adds New Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Mitigation Offering, with Approximately 4.5 Terabits per Second Attack-Ingest Capacities, to Suite of Global Security Services

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Level 3 Adds New Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Mitigation Offering, with Approximately 4.5 Terabits per Second Attack-Ingest Capacities, to Suite of Global Security Services

Uses International Threat Intelligence to Help Protect Customers From Evolving Cyber Threats

BROOMFIELD, Colorado, Feb. 12, 2015 – As the fight for a safe and secure Internet intensifies around the world, Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) enhances its managed security portfolio with a new tool for enterprises looking to safeguard their critical data and systems, Level 3sm DDoS Mitigation Service. The differentiated service provides protection closer to the network edge, saving customers time and money when it matters most – in the face of an attack.

“Level 3 has continued to listen to our customers to help them securely grow their business and provide solutions that help them efficiently solve the challenges they face today,” said Anthony Christie, chief marketing officer at Level 3. “This announcement underscores not only our customer commitment but also our ability to change the way enterprises think about security, offering them a new layer of protection.”

The combination of Level 3’s expansive network which provides extensive attack traffic visibility and the service’s ability to work on both Level 3 and on third-party networks provides a clear differentiator in the marketplace for customers. The vast level of visibility comes from the company’s Content Delivery Network (CDN), IP and Domain Name System (DNS) networks. The addition of Level 3’s threat analysis capabilities and managed security services enable it to assist enterprises in building a strong security posture to address today’s complex threat landscape.

“Throughout my tenure in the cybersecurity business, I have never seen such an accelerated and sophisticated cyber threat landscape – and attacks will only continue to grow in frequency, size and complexity,” said Chris Richter, senior vice president of managed security services at Level 3. “Level 3 has leveraged its global network infrastructure and managed security services with leading detection and mitigation technologies to provide our customers with a truly advanced layer of defense against these evolving exploits.”

Evolving Threat Landscape Necessitates Multi-layered Solutions
According to the 2014 Radware Global Application & Network Security Report, 51 percent of reported DDoS attacks targeted the network and 49 percent targeted applications. A multi-layer approach – starting with the network – lets enterprises protect their critical information from either type of attack. Having both network controls and scrubbing centers allows Level 3 to predict and detect malicious attacks, alert customers and quickly re-route traffic to defend their critical data infrastructures.

At the core of the service, Level 3 leverages its vast DDoS ingest capacity, 4.5 terabits per second, to monitor customer’s traffic and route infected packets to one of Level 3’s globally located scrubbing centers before being returned via a private connection or the public Internet.

“An integrated security approach is a natural evolution of DDoS protection. Applying advanced analytics to rich, flow-based security data to augment traditional security data enables new functionality, to not only block attacks but also predict them,” according to Frank Dickson, a research director with Frost & Sullivan. “With its global network reach and visibility, Level 3 is well positioned to take advantage of data analytics for the purpose of improving the efficacy of DDoS detection and mitigation techniques.”

DDoS Mitigation with Extensive Attack Traffic Visibility
The global service provides enhanced network routing, rate limiting and IP filtering alongside a network-based detection and mitigation scrubbing solution. Additionally, enterprises gain the benefits of threat intelligence used by Level 3’s Security Operations Center (SOC).

Additional benefits include:

  • Improved Performance – Ensure website, core applications and infrastructure remain secure and available
  • Greater Security – Defend against a wide range of attack types and sizes from layers 3 to 7
  • Reduced Costs – Minimize upfront capital expenditures while providing multiple protection options for any IT budget
  • Global and Scalable Coverage – Support flexible and growing networks in locations around the globe with scrubbing centers distributed throughout the world, not just in North America

For more information on Level 3’s advanced network and security offerings, visit www.level3.com.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a Fortune 500 company that provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3’s comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 500 markets in over 60 countries across a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, please visit www.level3.com or get to know us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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