Level 3 Takes Security to the Network and Leverages the Cloud to Defend Customers

The Launch of Next-generation Enterprise Security Gateway Helps Enterprises Reduce IT Complexity, Streamline Costs and Improve Performance

BROOMFIELD, Colorado, May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Level 3 Communications, Inc. [http://www.level3.com/?cid=L3PRR-esg-launch] launches Enterprise Security Gateway [http://www.level3.com/en/products/enterprise-network-security] (ESG), a cloud-based network security solution that reduces the cost and complexity of security without sacrificing performance.

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As enterprises strive to grow their business, security is a top concern. They need a simplified approach. Cloud applications, mobile employees and BYOD policies have forced enterprises to change their approach to defending the perimeter. If you add to this the complex legacy security architectures in place, ballooning security budgets, the tumultuous threat environment and a shortage of qualified security professionals in the industry, enterprises are facing a true challenge. These factors drove Level 3 to build ESG, a secure, efficient solution that leverages Level 3's global fiber footprint, network capacity and comprehensive next-generation security services in its cloud-based gateways. ESG is available globally starting June 30.

Use Case: Redefining the Security Perimeter

-- With ESG, customers can move the security perimeter from their
enterprise or data center to the Level 3 network, simplifying their
security infrastructure and realizing operational efficiencies and cost
-- For example, without ESG, a customer who purchases an on-premise
firewall will typically purchase two boxes for each location for
redundancy. Along with the initial hardware purchase, the enterprise
also will need to pay for maintenance and personnel to manage the box.
For an enterprise with multiple locations, these costs add up.
-- ESG breaks the hardware dependency cycle by moving security to the
network. No matter where an employee or office is located, traffic is
routed to one of Level 3's globally dispersed gateways, where a
collection of security services can be accessed.

Competitive Differences:

-- ESG uses Level 3's network to provide carrier agnostic, network-based
security protection - data on any device at any location through any
connection or carrier can be secure.
-- From anywhere in the world, customers can leverage Level 3's global IP
backbone capacity, more than 42 Terabits per second (Tbps), and rich
interconnection agreements to access security tools hosted in gateways.
-- ESG offers multiple carrier-class security services for customers,
including anti-malware with sandboxing, data loss protection,
application awareness and enforcement and next-generation firewall
-- ESG is backed by Level 3's threat research, providing actionable
intelligence for customers.
-- Customers select the individual security controls within the gateways
they need.
-- ESG leverages its cloud-based architecture to "future-proof" customer
security environments by breaking the hardware dependency cycle.

Key Benefits:

-- Single Viewpoint: Through Level 3's customer portal, users can view
their entire ESG ecosystem, enabling access to a multitude of reports
and gateway performance metrics.
-- Rein in Cost: Security spending has ballooned to 21 percent of IT
budgets across most industry sectors, more than doubling over the past
two years, according to a March 2016 Forrester report. ESG is an
adaptive solution enterprises can use to offset costs and reduce capital
-- Uniform Global Security Policy: A network-based security solution is the
key to:

-- Simplified management of firewalls and security controls
-- Around-the-clock protection; customers have access to Level 3's 24/7
Security Operations Centers and professionals
-- Decreasing operational complexity to make the most of lean security
-- Establishing a flexible environment to enable users to add new
controls on demand
-- Scalable deployment of security solutions around the globe
-- The solution offers add-on professional services to help companies
assess vulnerabilities, prioritize which technologies are needed to
address their most serious risks and assist customers with their
migration from premise firewall to the cloud.

Key Quotes:

Frank Dickson, Security Analyst, Frost & Sullivan

"ESG is part of a macro trend within security, moving from a product focus to a solution focus. ESG leverages Level 3's extensive telecom infrastructure to address the key network security pain points of enterprises today: escalating security costs, complex security ecosystems and a scarcity of trained security professionals. By redefining the security perimeter, customers have the ability to apply and leverage an integrated collection of security tools and professionals within the Level 3 network, removing the need for constant on-premise hardware updates while controlling IT budgets. The future is in the cloud; ESG provides a solution for enterprises to strategically leverage the cloud to simplify their security architecture while improving efficacy in the process."

Anthony Christie, Chief Marketing Officer, Level 3

"With today's global launch of Enterprise Security Gateway (ESG), Level 3 continues to enhance our network-based enterprise security solutions portfolio. With ESG, enterprises can fundamentally shift their security perimeter to the Level 3 network cloud where customers can then access a state of the art collection of security solutions, tools and technical expertise. ESG reinforces Level 3's commitment to our customers where everything we do is intended to allow them to grow their business faster, operate their networks more efficiently and to do both in a secure fashion."

Additional Resources:

-- Product Brochure
-- Infographic: Security as a Service
-- Video: Why Enterprise Security Gateway [https://youtu.be/0w8DHqFK2UE]?
Chris Richter addresses the challenges facing enterprises today, and
what Level 3 decided to do about it.
-- Video: Network-based Security Overview
-- Video: Strategies for the Evolving Threat Landscape
-- Video: Accelerating Business Through the Cloud

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. 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 [http://www.level3.com/] or get to know us on Twitter [https://twitter.com/Level3], Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/#!/level3] and LinkedIn [http://www.linkedin.com/company/level-3-communications].

© Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Level 3 Communications, Level (3) and the Level 3 Logo are either registered service marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or one of its Affiliates in the United States and elsewhere. Any other service names, product names, company names or logos included herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Level 3 services are provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.

Forward-Looking Statement

Some statements made in this press release are forward-looking in nature and are based on management's current expectations or beliefs. These forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3's control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. Important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to, the company's ability to: increase revenue from its services to realize its targets for financial and operating performance; develop and maintain effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; avert the breach of its network and computer system security measures; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; manage the future expansion or adaptation of its network to remain competitive; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage risks associated with continued uncertainty in the global economy; manage continued or accelerated decreases in market pricing for communications services; obtain capacity for its network from other providers and interconnect its network with other networks on favorable terms; successfully integrate future acquisitions; effectively manage political, legal, regulatory, foreign currency and other risks it is exposed to due to its substantial international operations; mitigate its exposure to contingent liabilities; and meet all of the terms and conditions of its debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contact Information

Media: Investors:

Ashley Pritchard Mark Stoutenberg

+1 720-888-5950 +1 720-888-2518

ashley.pritchard@level3.com mark.stoutenberg@level3.com

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