Cyber Security Chief Of CenturyLink® Speaks At NATO Conference

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NATO Information Assurance Symposium

Bill Bradley, who is the senior vice president of cyber-engineering and technology services at CenturyLink®, delivered a speech to high ranking government officials as well as industry and military leaders at the annual NATO Information Assurance Symposium (NIAS17). Cynthia Shelton, director of special program sales for government markets at CenturyLink®, also spoke at the event. She was a panelist for the Women in Cybersecurity Forum, which was held on Oct. 19.

The keynote from Bradley was titled “Optimizing Partnerships – The Smart Strategy to Win the Cyber War.” It focused on the importance of finding partnerships among businesses, governments and other organizations to defend against the cyber attacks.

“We live in an age where businesses, consumers, educational institutions, governments and military agencies around the world are dependent on critical infrastructure connected through a global network,” Bradley said. “The only way to win the cyber war is for businesses, critical infrastructure providers and nations to come together for their common defense. Strong partnerships with trusted peers are essential to address the cybersecurity challenges we face and assure the resiliency of global networks.”

He added that the cyber attacks have deep impact on healthcare, food, commerce, energy, and emergency services. Bradley also noted that the cost of cybercrimes would reach 6 trillion dollars in 2021, which is up from 3 trillion dollars in 2015.

“Through frequent dialogue and collaboration to understand our mutual goals,” Bradley continued. “CenturyLink® has developed strong relationships with our customers, telecommunications peers, cybersecurity solution providers, institutions and U.S. federal government agencies to defend against the growing number of threats.”

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CenturyLink® invests in partnerships, services, and technologies to help enterprises stay ahead of the cyber attacks. Together with big data analytics, the internet provider is offering the latest in network functions virtualization and software-defined networking to better detect, predict, and respond to cyber threats and attacks. In addition, the portfolio of Managed Security Services by CenturyLink® helps businesses to improve their cyber security and help increase the digital transformation of businesses.

“Through our daily interactions with customers, we recognize that many do not have the expertise or technology to protect against malware, phishing, data breaches or DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks,” Bradley added. “CenturyLink has partnered to develop these advanced capabilities to help protect our customers.”

The keynote from Bradley coincides with the National Cyber Security Awareness Month, observed in the country in October, every year. As part of the awareness campaign, internet providers and business organizations are encouraged to build a culture of cyber security.

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