Qwest Communications Launches Enhanced 24x7 Monitoring Services For Web Sites

DENVER, July 9, 2001 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, today announced a new set of managed security services that provide some of the highest levels of security possible to companies using Web hosting services within Qwest?s 16 North American CyberCenters(sm). The newest Qwest security services help companies safeguard against costly, yet avoidable, attacks on their sites from internal or external sources.

Qwest security services add to the company?s existing array of managed security offerings, including subscription-based vulnerability assessments, managed Internet services, managed virtual private network solutions, managed firewalls, denial of service protection and managed intrusion detection services. Using Qwest?s robust selection of security services, customers are assured the level of support necessary to prevent security breaches within their Web environment.

?Qwest provides an industry-leading range of Web hosting and managed services, and our newest security offerings are evidence that Qwest is continually growing its portfolio to offer more value to customers,? said Rick Weston, senior vice president, Qwest Internet Solutions. ?History shows that security violations have damaged company reputations and bottom lines. Qwest security services ensure customers have access to the most advanced technology and thinking in the field.?

Qwest has joined with Arlington, VA-based Veridian Corporation, an information security company with a 25-year history of protecting the world?s most sensitive networks, to offer Veritect(tm) 24x7 monitoring of Web sites using its proprietary secure Warning and Response Exchange (WAREX(tm)). Through Veritect?s WAREX, information security engineers trained in the most sophisticated security environment detect security threats and incidents, identify their type, then working with the Qwest customer, determine the most appropriate response.

Through this agreement, Qwest also will provide Veritect intrusion detection, on-demand vulnerability scanning, and professional security services, including security posture analysis, penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, on-site incident response, computer forensics, and security training.

Qwest offers two types of services through Veridian?s Veritect solutions:

  • Intrusion Monitoring with Response: Uses a sensor for 24x7 monitoring of IT infrastructures, while keeping all systems at the highest alert, allowing detection of ?low-and-slow? attacks which are frequently difficult to identify. When high-priority incidents occur, customers receive rapid response notifications that describe the attack and have the option to receive recommendations for further action from Veritect security experts.
  • Professional Security Consulting: A suite of integrated services designed to assess and improve an organization?s security infrastructure, Veritect security experts take a comprehensive look at security infrastructure and policy, and provide systemic fixes that mitigate risk across the enterprise.

?Few managed security companies competing today have lengthy company track records, but Veridian has got a strong shot at it with 25 years of experience,? said Counse Broders, senior Internet services analyst, Current Analysis. ?This is an opportune time, and partnerships in managed security, like the partnership that Qwest and Veridian have announced, leverage each company?s strengths to the benefit of the customer. With continued need for managed security in the industry, we applaud this step by Qwest. It represents a nice mesh of company strategies.?

Qwest offers a wide variety of Web hosting and managed services, from basic collocation to customized, integrated e-commerce solutions, which may incorporate ASP services from Qwest Cyber.Solutions. Trained professionals monitor all Qwest Web hosting services 24 hours a day, seven days a week via Qwest CyberCentral(sm)? a centralized hosting operations center. The Web sites and e-commerce solutions are housed in one of Qwest?s 16 state-of-the-art CyberCenters that are built to ensure client systems and equipment are up and running even under extreme conditions.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 113,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.

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