Level 3 jumps into managed security market

Level 3 Communications has launched a security solutions portfolio targeted at enterprise customers that are looking to outsource security management.

The move makes Level 3 the latest carrier to enter the managed security solutions market, which is projected to grow from $7.9 billion in 2012 to $15.6 billion in 2016, according to Frost & Sullivan.

Level 3 said that its security portfolio is complemented by its global IP network, DNA caching servers and CDN, giving its security experts worldwide situational awareness of network threats.

"We believe we have access to more security threat data than anyone in the industry, enabling us to identify and address threats before they attack a customer's network," said Dale Drew, SVP and chief security officer at Level 3. “Managing cyber security in today's network environment requires broad visibility and the analysis of very large volumes of information. We are delighted to offer our customers a comprehensive portfolio of security solutions that is designed to minimise network risks, reduce administrative complexity and protect their data and brand."

The portfolio, provided in coordination with the carrier’s security partners, includes secure access services, managed security services, DDoS mitigation and security consulting services.

Level 3 is also offering vulnerability scanning, incident reporting, remote user access, content filtering, anti-virus, anti-spam and firewall and intrusion prevention.

The carrier said that professionals from four security operation centres will be made available to customers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, as part of the service.