You might not see the threats lurking, but they are there. Just around the corner is the latest potential cyber-attack – and it’s coming straight for your company’s mission-critical digital assets. Whether hackers are exploiting more than 80 million personal records at a leading health insurer, or forcing enterprises to pay millions in “ransomware” to regain control of in-house IT systems – no organization is immune.

Just last year, British insurer Lloyd’s estimated that cyberattacks against corporate infrastructures cost businesses upwards of $400 billion per year. In addition to this, recent research from leading market analysts, Juniper Research suggests that the rapid digitization of consumers’ lives and enterprise assets will increase the cost of data breaches to $2.1 trillion globally by 2019, increasing to almost four times the estimated cost of breaches in 2015. The cost of cyberattacks exceed the value of records compromised – and span from higher customer turnover and increased acquisition costs to damaged reputation. With so much at stake, it’s not surprising companies are turning to service providers and cyber-security experts for help.

Organizations today must adopt a “threat-focused” IT posture, aligning for both current and potential data failures. CIOs, CSOs and IT leaders should raise awareness of security issues and threats across the organization, making It’s also essential for strategic planning to always be accompanied by a threat and remediation program, fully supported by world-class technology and services

To support businesses in their efforts, CenturyLink announced a new suite of Managed Security Services  empowers organizations to improve security postures and respond more quickly to potential threats – representing a significant milestone for the industry as a whole. Services are delivered over a CenturyLink-built security platform leveraging both traditional security information and event management (SIEM) technologies, and customized tools to extend analysis and response capabilities.

The fully managed offering acts as the backbone for current and future security services via a holistic approach for protecting networks – as well as preventing, mitigating and responding to attacks. Using the platform’s web-based security portal, real-time data can be accessed to quickly analyze and act on security incidents in critical environments. The platform features the following integrated services:

– Security Log Monitoring – Comprehensive log correlation and monitoring service that ingest event data from a multitude of servers, backed 24X7 by GAIC-certified security analysts.

– Trending and Data Analysis – Data analysis engine adds deep historical insights to any log data and enables end-to-end reporting, helping teams understand the evolving threat landscape.

– Incident Management and Response Service – An overlay expert response team is available 24×7 to vet incidents and respond quickly to possible attacks.

– Managed Protection Services – Automated device monitoring and management services provide deep insights from next-generation firewall services.

– Vulnerability and Risk Monitoring – Proactive scanning service that discovers and prioritizes possible threats, eradicating them before impact.

By combining tool-based and human-powered threat management activities, CenturyLink helps organizations ease the burden of managing security in-house. And all of it is backed by our strong track-record in the industry. For more than a decade, CenturyLink has been at the forefront of IT security. Additionally, industry analyst firm Forrester Research recently named us a “Leader” in The Forrester WaveTM: DDoS Services Providers, Q3 2015. In fact, CenturyLink is even a dominant provider of Managed Trusted Internet Protocols (MTIPS) security services to the US Government – delivering more than half of all MTIPS ports in this market segment.

It’s no longer a matter of “if” but “when”. The next cyber-attack is inevitable. To safeguard against these constant security threats, companies and government agencies must choose a partner with both the technology and industry expertise to meet increasingly complex security requirements. Learn more about our Managed Security Services and how CenturyLink can help you identify and prioritize potential vulnerabilities in your infrastructure.  Now is the time to plot your next move. Our 1:1 risk assessment is a must to get your security infrastructure in line.

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