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Three Key Takeaways from 2016 AFCEA Defense Cyber Operations Symposium (Video)
With Level 3 Regional Vice President of Government Markets Group, David Young

BROOMFIELD, Colo., April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As one of the leading events for the government's defense sector, the 2016 AFCEA Defense Cyber Operations Symposium (DCOS) showcased a variety of presentations and panels featuring government officials, industry executives and academics. In this video, David Young, regional vice president of the Government Markets Group (GMG) at Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT), recaps some of the key takeaways from the annual show:

  • Software Defined Networking (SDN): Within government, SDN is a nascent technology; however, all indications point to a significant ramp up in 2016 as agencies start realizing the benefits. Many of the sessions at the show were dedicated to SDN and its ability to provide added flexibility, efficiency and control agencies are looking for when serving the warfighter. When it comes to the government procurement of telecom services, it is often a long, drawn-out process dependent on the stipulations put forth by the current contract vehicle. Once those services are purchased, any mid-contract course corrections can be difficult to accomplish; however, with SDN, government agencies can make changes to their network without creating a new service order or having to wait out the typical provisioning process.
  • Security: Cybersecurity is an integral component to government networking. Having a complicated patchwork of firewalls and specialized security devices is insufficient in keeping networks secure because they create points of vulnerability and are cumbersome to manage. Given the ever-evolving technology needs – spurring movements like the Internet of Things and BYOD – government agencies must implement security measures from the network layer, investing in a secure pipe, which can layer on additional security controls, as needed, to defend against infrastructure attacks.
  • The necessity of the cloud: The cloud has emerged as a necessity in driving greater efficiencies for the warfighter. Cloud computing has been shown to reduce provisioning times, as well as cut costs over deploying and maintaining physical servers. In addition, cloud infrastructure blends with SDN and security technologies to create a holistic solution. Given that there is new proposed FedRAMP language that will expedite the authorization process, we will perhaps see more choices when it comes to cloud service providers.

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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. Level 3 services are provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. For more information, visit or get to know us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

© 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.

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