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Level 3 Publishes the First Information Security Index in Brazil
New Level 3 Security Index by Leading Analyst Firm Reveals 61 Percent of Companies Believe Few Professionals are Qualified To Use the Tools Available To Certify Information Security in a Company

SÃO PAULO, Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications is sharing the results of the Level 3 Security Index, a study conducted by leading analyst firm IDC to identify the information security and corporate IT infrastructure maturity of Brazilian organizations. In the Level 3-sponsored study, Brazil received an overall score of 64.9 points out of a possible total of 100 points.

Read the Full Study Here: www.level3.com/SecurityIndex   

Key Findings:

  • On average, companies in Brazil have two professionals dedicated to information security.
  • About 57 percent of interviewed organizations already use Managed Security Services (MSS) as a response to the lack of qualified professionals.
  • Approximately 25 percent of companies cannot measure the impacts stemming from incidents related to information security.
  • Only 42 percent of organizations claim to practice and generate metrics on the compliance of their information security policies.

The report researched four topics: Awareness, Tools, Prevention, Mitigation.

Awareness:

  • The study showed large companies have greater difficulty with visibility of security issues.
  • This lack of visibility is related to the complexity of their environments and systems.
  • As for awareness to quantify suffered or mitigated attacks, 34 percent have complete visibility; the other 66 percent have no or partial visibility.
  • When asked about measuring security incidents' impact, 25.5 percent don't know, and 32 percent know superficially, while 42.2 percent can detail the impact in every system or critical ones.

Tools:

  • The study showed internal technology tools are the most challenging area for security.
  • This is because the acquisition of security-oriented technology tools, to some extent, are linked to companies' investment capacity.
  • According to the research, more than 61 percent of companies believe only a few professionals are fully qualified or are below the ideal regarding the level of staff training to use the tools available.

Prevention:

  • Large companies are active in prevention, establishing and monitoring controls with greater attendance, ensuring a better level of performance.
  • When asked about policies and information security standards established and documented, 28 percent do not have a set schedule to review and update, while 33 percent review and update only once a year.

Mitigation:

  • The study shows communication skills and the activation structure are, in many cases, informal and not well documented.
  • 46 percent of companies have no frequency of revision for contingency and security procedures.
  • When asked about the degree of alignment on information security, in the item "internal controls of fraud detection and prevention are periodically validated," 41 percent consider this is reality in their companies,, while 59 percent of respondents still consider it it distant.

Next Steps:
The study recommends these items to improve the overall maturity of information security for Brazilian companies:

  • Think about hiring outsourced and managed services.
  • Invest in tools that enable better control, visibility and automation to maximize the information security team's efficiency.
  • Prioritize investments according to the priority of each environment, risk and impact assessment.
  • Show the benefits of information security using well-defined metrics.
  • Conduct safety tests more frequently and with a larger scope.

2017 Outlook:

  • The study showed a more proactive outlook for information security in 2017.
  • More than 42 percent of the companies surveyed intend to increase their IT budget for 2017 in comparison to 2016.
  • The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model is gaining traction not only for computing but also for storage — a factor that increases concerns around security and governance of information.

Key Quotes:

Luciano Ramos, Software Research Coordinator, IDC Brazil
"The index shows that Brazil still has a long way to mature in the area of security. Companies need to understand the importance of each of the areas analyzed in the index and balance their investment based on them. To advance from the current level, there are actions that need to be undertaken regarding team specialization, revision of processes and adoption of state-of-the-art tools. The evolution of Information Security is a subject that must be addressed continually."

André Magno, Director of Data Center and Security, Level 3 Brazil 
"With the rapid growth of cybersecurity threats in Brazil, which is above the world average, we've noticed the need to develop a study that could reveal the current degree of maturity of security practices in Brazilian corporations. From this index, we can collaborate with the Brazilian market to focus on the main opportunities in the evolution of cybersecurity for their business and customers."

Methodology:
To reach this result, IDC interviewed 100 companies based in Brazil with more than 250 employees (most with more than 1,000 employees). They interviewed managers in four areas: awareness, tools, prevention and mitigation. During interviews with Information Security leaders, researchers assessed their degree of knowledge about the impact of security in business, detection skills and the ability to measure threats to their systems, among other topics. Also, they analyzed data available on IDC Global and Brazil, and the market to have more qualitative information. The final index is the mathematical weighting of the four themes proposed in the interviews.

About IDC
International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, data and marketing services company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC.

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. For more information, please visit www.level3.com or get to know us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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