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May 11, 2017

Dale Drew, the CSO of Level 3 covers the following security topics in a conversation with Neil Hughes.

The evolution of the botnet
Botnets are becoming more sophisticated – which means they are becoming harder to detect, track and take down. Dale has some interesting stats around costs to rent botnets and the percentage of internet traffic that is bad/botnet traffc.

The state of healthcare security
Despite breaches increasing in volume and sophistication, only about 1/3 of healthcare organizations are highly concerned over a breach impacting critical care in the next year according to a study conducted by HIMSS Analytics we recently announced.

A few other key takeaways:
Nearly 80 percent of survey participants identified employee security awareness as the source of their greatest concern regarding threat exposure. Respondents identified which systems have the greatest need for network uptime – including those needed to deliver critical care.

The majority of organizations employ multiple risk mitigation practices – and Dale can walk through what those as well as what organizations are looking to do in the next two years.

The big threat for 2017 = Ransomware
Startling recent findings include victims are paying and nearly half of consumers haven’t heard of ransomware. 

About Dale Drew

As Chief Security Officer, Dale is responsible for Level 3's Global Global Security Program; Corporate and Product Security Policies, Logical Security, Physical Security, Voice/VoIP Fraud, Managed Security, Corporate Risk, Governance, Federal Programs and Corporate Investigations programs. Dale manages Level 3's centralized Global Security organization that encompasses both responsibility for Level 3's internal assets, and all product and service portfolios.

About Level 3

Level 3 Communications is a premier global communications provider headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, that provides communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers.

Anchored by extensive fiber networks on three continents and connected by undersea facilities, our global services platform features deep metro assets reaching more than 500 markets in more than 60 countries.