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This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!

 

Highlights include:

 

  1. Holiday preparations
  2. Broadcast and cyber security
  3. E-commerce and SEO
  4. Evolving threats
  5. Cyber safety for kids

 

How Companies Are Getting Ready For Holiday Shoppers

Forbes

December 8, 2017

 

The National Retail Federation anticipates consumers will spend $678.75 to $682 billion in 2017 holiday sales, nearly a 4% jump from $655.8 billion in 2016. With deals posting as early as November 1, retailers are counting on shoppers’ gifting generosity to boost profits into the black. While consumers zip through real-world and online checkouts on their gift quests, an army of tech elves are manning a sprawling ecosystem ― merchant point of sales, internet infrastructure and security services ― to power these transactions at massive scale.

 

In hand with robust interconnection, online retailers must also ensure consistent content delivery. 53% of visits are abandoned if a mobile site takes more than three seconds to load, and 50% of online transactions involve multiple devices. To convert online sales, merchants must make sure digital content renders quickly and that they have omnichannel insight into consumer preferences. "Akamai’s monitoring helps provide early warning signs of issues that might arise from building traffic volumes, and we have sophisticated algorithms that power automated routing decision making that routes traffic around problems when they arise," says Robert Blumofe, executive vice president of the platform.

 

 

Preparing for the Coming Hacks

TV Technology

December 6, 2017

 

As broadcasters and content creators distribute more of their premium content online, they will invariably come under hacker attacks more often.

 

So says Dave Lewis, global security advocate the Boston-based streaming provider Akamai. His remedy is for broadcasters and content providers to hook up with a secure content delivery network (like Akamai), which has sophisticated cyber security tools such as web application firewalls (WAF) already in place.

 

To prevent this from happening, “Akamai can provide a line of defense to ensure your web site stays online, so that your customers can be assured that they will have access to your programming during DDoS attacks,” said Lewis. “As well, our platform is extremely secure; making your content far less vulnerable to piracy.

 

 

Here’s What the Top E-Commerce Brands Are Doing with SEO & Why Other Online Retailers Should Follow Their Lead

Huffpost

December 8, 2017

 

Another hindrance to getting more sales is one of the backbones of effective SEO: A fast and seamless website and checkout process.

 

In an Akamai Study that polled over 1,000 shoppers, the following website speed statistics were revealed.

  • About 47% of all shoppers want your website to load in under two seconds.
  • If a page takes more than three seconds to load, over 40% of visitors will bounce.
  • More than 50% of shoppers say that they won’t be loyal to websites that take too long to load.
  • If your website loads too slow, 14% of visitors will just shop somewhere else.
  • 64% of shoppers that are dissatisfied with the online store they visit and its loading time will simply take their business elsewhere.

 

The Changing Threat Landscape

Security Middle East

December 06, 2017

 

SecurityMEA speaks with Rick McConnell, President of Akamai & General Manager of the Web Division on how the threat landscape is evolving and what measures enterprises can employ to combat the emerging vectors in a zero trust environment.

 

 

How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Wired

December 5, 2017

 

LET’S FACE IT: the internet can be a nasty place. Between predators, malware, explicit content, and other bad actors, parents can find themselves in a never-ending cycle of doom and gloom as they try to fend off every threat their kids might face online.

 

It’s a tricky situation without a perfect solution, and it can be tough to know where to start. There are parental blocks, antivirus software, kid-friendly browsers, and the temptation to avoid the stress and ban the internet altogether. But Dave Lewis, a global security advocate at Akamai Technologies, says the most important thing actually has nothing to do with technology: It’s all about having an open conversation with your kids.

 

 

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Staying ahead of Fast Flux Networks — Research Saturday 

The Cyberwire

December 2, 2017

 

Bad actors are using Fast Flux Networks with quickly-changing IP addresses and domain names to help hide their activities.

 

Or Katz, Principal Lead Security Researcher at Akamai, takes us through their recently-published white paper, "Digging Deeper — An In-Depth Analysis of a Fast Flux Network."

 

 

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Akamai Senior Director talks about challenges in the security industry

Think IT                               

December 6, 2017

 

Ory Segal, who heads up the Threat Research Team based in Akamai’s Israel operation, in an interview with Think IT talked about security industry issues.

 

In response to the question “Is there any way that security vendors can cooperate more to actively fight against hackers?”, Ory said that it is not so easy for vendors to collaborate and achieve something given that the vendors are in competition for increasing revenue in the cyber security industry. However, he referred to the Wire X Botnet incident as an example of collaboration, and explained that Akamai, working with its competitor Cloudflare, and other tech companies, eradicated the botnet.

  

In response to the question “What’s your challenge for the next year?,” Ory said that his personal challenge is to develop an algorithm that provides security protection. Apart from that, making IoT more secure is Akamai’s challenge next year.

 

This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!

 

Highlights include:

 

  1. Profiling Akamai’s Andy Ellis
  2. India tops in OTT
  3. Dyn: One year later
  4. JAL solves problems with Bot Manager
  5. 2018 security predictions

 

 

Profiles In Cybersecurity: Andy Ellis, Chief Security Officer, Akamai

Forbes

December 11, 2017

 

The job of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), says Andy Ellis, is not to eliminate risks. “Our job is to help our companies make wiser risk choices,” is how Ellis describes the new cybersecurity paradigm. The way he sees it, the chief security officer is an educator, helping business executives understand the security risks and trade-offs involved in their decisions and actions.

 

Ellis is Chief Security Officer at Akamai, provider of Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, ensuring a fast, reliable, and secure Internet for its customers. For the last 17 years, he has worked in various security-related positions at Akamai and today he is responsible for overseeing the security architecture and compliance of the company's worldwide distributed network. I maybe going out on a limb here, but I would venture to declare Ellis the only business executive ever to be awarded the quadruple crown of the CSO Magazine Compass Award, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, and the Spirit of Disneyland Award.

 

 

India is top consumer of online content in APAC region: Akamai study

The Economic Times

December 12, 2017

 

India is the top consumer of online content followed by Thailand and Philippines, according to a study on OTT consumption trends by AkamaiTechnologies. The study which polled participants across Australia, Indonesia, India, Japan, Philippines and Thailand showed that in India, viewers watched 12.3 hours of online content in a week.

 

The survey highlighted an increased demand for local OTT players across markets: Hotstar in India, Hooq in Indonesia and Niconico in Japan, amongst others. The country-wise highlights of the study suggested that users in Australia watch online content across three sites on average.

 

(See also: Dataquest, Newsroom Post)

 

 

Salted Hash Ep 11: Dyn Inc. DDoS anniversary, and the truth about the Reaper botnet

CSO

December 11, 2017

 

For this week's episode of Salted Hash, we're joined by Josh Shaul, the vice president of web security at Akamai. He shares his story about his experiences during the Dyn Inc. DDoS attacks, and offers some details about the Reaper botnet.

 

Okay, it wasn't that bad, but anyone watching social media (when it was working) or the news that day certainly would've thought so. Earlier that morning, some of the largest properties online went offline, including Amazon, Twitter, GitHub, Spotify, Reddit, the New York Times, Netflix, ISPs in the northeastern part of the U.S., Sony's PlayStation Network, and more.

 

It wasn't until later that the public learned the source of the outage – a DDoS attack against Dyn Inc., an infrastructure provider that offers managed DNS services. The attack impacted data centers on the east coast, as well as data centers in Texas, Washington, and California.

 

 

Making a Decision: Uncovering the process of IT solution adoption – “Bot Manager” solved problems, significantly contributing to bot management

Weekly BCN

December 13, 2017


Japan Airlines (JAL), a major airline company, had a big challenge despite the steady increase in sales due to the benefits of inbound. That's an increase in bot traffic. Access to overseas district international booking sites referring only to empty seats and fare information not directly related to the purchase of airline tickets was increasing. Therefore, Akamai Technologies (Akamai) bot management service "Bot Manager" introduced. Controlled the traffic of the bot, received high evaluation in-house.

 

 

What Akamai expects from cybersecurity in 2018

VM Blog

December 15, 2017

 

It's time for organizations to start planning our IT budgets and cybersecurity defenses to defend against the threats they will face in the coming year. But first what should they expect from hackers? 

 

Everything. This may sound flippant, but the truth is that everything we've built as the foundation of our security practices is rapidly changing. The rate of change will accelerate in 2018, with no indicators of slowing down in the near future. In 2017 we saw the time businesses have to patch their systems shrink from months or years to weeks or days. No one needs an 0-Day if they know your business doesn't have a patching window until the end of the quarter or that you'll probably miss one or two servers no one was administrating. We saw some of the biggest DDoS attacks ever in late 2016 and through 2017. The threat of a series of DDoS attacks that exceed 1 Tbps looms over us, in a very real sense. 

 

To prepare for this reality, here are some of the highlights that I think we will see in the cybersecurity industry in 2018. 

 

Byline article by Akamai Global Security Advocate Martin McKeay

 

 

BONUS:

 

Luisa Via Roma optimizes the online experience with bot hunting

Digital4

December 13, 2017

 

“We understood that the bots had a negative impact on our website, but we did not have the tools to react, admits Fabio Testa, Software Architect at Luisa Via Roma. With the aim of preserving its reputation and allowing actual customers to access the site, it was natural for the company, already served by Akamai on the Web performance front, to also adopt the Bot Manager solution. Akamai Bot Manager is based on a reliable and certified database of bot categories, continuously updated. In addition, the product offers a wide variety of tools to categorize bots and evaluate them based on numerous factors.”

 

This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!

 

Highlights include:

 

  1. State of the Internet - Security
  2. India’s tech future
  3. The bottom line on threats
  4. Cybercrime and the holidays
  5. The next-gen CDN revolution

 

IoT, Android Botnets Emerge as Powerful DDoS Tools: Akamai

SecurityWeek

November 28, 2017

 

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks observed during the third quarter employed familiar vectors, but a newcomer that made headlines for abusing Android devices is expected to evolve, a new Akamai report suggests.

 

This new threat is the Android-based WireX botnet, which managed to infect 150,000 devices within a matter of weeks, the company’s Third Quarter, 2017 State of the Internet / Security Report (PDF), points out. Distributed through legitimate-looking infected apps in Google Play, the botnet managed to spread fast and might have grown even bigger if it wasn’t for the joint effort of several tech companies.

Akamai, which was involved in the botnet’s takedown, expects WireX to persist, evolve, and flourish, the same as the infamous Mirai Internet of Things (IoT) botnet did. Highly active last year, Mirai had a much lower presence on the threat landscape during Q3, with the largest attack powered by it only peaking at 109 Gbps (gigabit per second).

 

(See also: The Cyberwire, eWeek, TechRepublic, Global Security Mag, L’Informticien, Computerwelt, Manage IT, Linea EDP, EMERCE, Security.NL, Executive People, Computer World, Silicon ES, Inside IT, ITProPortal, SC Magazine, ARN, CIO Australia, BGR, Business Standard, Firstpost, The Hindu, The Indian Express,Times Now, Yourstory, Astro Awani, Computerwoche.de

 

 

Digital revolution: India’s $1 trillion tech future depends on the next 500 million people online

Firstpost

November 27, 2017

 

The next cyber wave is approaching, are you prepared for it? In the coming year, India will celebrate 23 years of commercial access to the Internet and while this happens, we surely have come a long way from the unending dial-up sound to the super-fast speeds as we know them today. The rise of the Internet and its history offers great perspective into what lies ahead for one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

 

Starting in the late 90’s, Internet adoption spread across business segments and spearheaded the dotcom boom. The journey leading up to this point has landmarks like the opening up of this sector by the Government by allowing private ISPs to set up infrastructure and the formation of industry bodies like NASSCOM which promoted the growth of IT in the country. Within this context, the Internet went from a form of communication to one of the main mediums over which business is conducted today. So much business, in fact, that according to Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of IT and Electronics, Government of India, India’s digital economy is expected to be 1 trillion dollars in the next three to five years.

 

*Byline by Akamai Regional Sales Manager Sandeep Reddy

 

 

Advanced, Targeted Threats: What do They Mean for Your Bottom Line? 

Unwire.pro

November 26, 2017

 

While there are different cyber-attacks targeting against enterprises, one of them is “Advanced Persistent Threat” (APT). The author has then analyzed how huge the business impact will be by looking into the costs enterprises spent on dealing with APTs. It is revealed that an enterprise may spend most on dealing with the damage to brand and reputation brought by APTs. Besides, while facing data breach, an enterprise also needs to spend a lot on customer and crisis management, incident response, and legal fees etc.  More importantly, a research indicates that the average, global total cost of a data breach equals $4 million among companies. These show that enterprises are spending a lot on the business impact brought by cyber-attacks. In view of this, the author has finally stressed the importance of enterprises to employ industry benchmarks to evaluate their financial exposure and layered defense to ward off cybercrimes.

 

*Byline by Akamai Director of Product Marketing Lorenz Jakober

 

 

Cyber Matters: Seasonal Cybercrime will Accompany Holiday Sales

WSJ PRO Cybersecurity

November 30, 2017

 

The increase in e-commerce sales, starting with the annual Black Friday bonanza and continuing through the beginning of new year, will bring a proportional increase in attempted fraud as cybercriminals seek to capitalize on a surge in internet traffic to cover their nefarious activity.

 

“Attackers tend to get more active when the internet gets more active and some of that activity will be designed to disrupt the online commerce,” said Josh Shaul, vice president of web security at Akamai Technologies Inc., a content delivery and cloud security company. “Online retailers are very busy during the holiday season and will have less capacity for identifying attacks, and less capacity for identifying the fraud that results from those attacks.”

 

 

How Does Akamai Lead the Next-Generation CDN Revolution in Current CDN Landscape?

TMTpost

November 27, 2017

 

The rapid development of CDN industry has been driving players to revolutionize themselves accordingly.

 

The rise of the Internet has completely transformed the way people live. Information is now easily accessible in just seconds, but on the flip side, the increase in size of every web component, such as social network widgets, advertising and tracking scripts as well as web fonts, also makes page weight quite heavy and affects website performance – the bigger a page is, the longer it takes to download the required resources and display it.

 

CDN plays an increasingly prominent role in speeding up the Internet. When it comes to CDN, we will inevitably mention the name of the CDN inventor and the world's first CDN services provider — Akamai.

 

(See also: Sohu, baijiahao, NetEase, iFeng, hksilicon)

 

 

BONUS:

 

1 million people watching simultaneously: The future of internet streaming with "DAZN"

Nikkei Technology Online                               

November 30, 2017

 

There used to be many negative views like, “It is impossible to realize the live-streaming delivery of sporting events where more than tens of thousands of people are watching at the same time”, but that is in the past. What has changed? We asked Perform Group CTO Florian Diederichsen about the current landscape and the future of OTT for sports.

 

Has there been any major technical progress in deploying the live distribution of sports on a large scale?

 

The biggest progress has been in the "last mile," in other words, the spread of Fiber to the Home (FTTH). In theory, many users now have access to an internet connection from several Mbps to 1 Gbps.

 

At DAZN, we use U.S. Akamai Technologies, the largest CDN provider. We have worked with Akamai for about 10 years, but even with the company's technology, and the capacity of the edge - the bit rate of the last one mile wasn’t enough 10 years ago.

 

This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!

 

Highlights include:

 

  1. Tom visits China
  2. Anatomy of a DDoS attack
  3. Protect yourself on Cyber Monday
  4. Quality and security for content delivery
  5. Kretch on ‘Life in IT’


 

The World's Largest Cloud Delivery Platform Akamai CEO Tom Leighton: Escorting Chinese Companies on Their International Journeys

The Economic Observer

November 23, 2017

 

On November 15th, 2017, Dr. Tom Leighton, co-founder and CEO of Akamai - the world's largest cloud delivery platform, visited Shenzhen for the first time, and attended Akamai's Tech Day event where he delivered a keynote speech named ‘Connect to Tomorrow’.

 

Tom Leighton said that the global Internet traffic has greatly increased, of which OTT video is the biggest growth factor, in addition to software and games download. The use of mobile devices is also a major driver of global traffic growth. As the country with the most netizens in the world, the growth of Internet traffic in China roughly matches the global level and the growth rate is above average.

 

(See also: China Daily, News GD)

 

 

When computers attack: Online criminals use DDoS to hijack computers all over the world

The Boston Globe

November 20, 2017

 

It’s happening right now, somewhere in the world. The computer network of a company or government agency is clogging up, slowing down, becoming virtually unusable. It’s not caused by a defect, but rather one of the crudest weapons in the hacker’s arsenal.

 

In a DDoS attack, online criminals use malware to hijack thousands of computers all over the world, then order those machines to send torrents of data to a targeted computer. The sheer volume of data overwhelms a system, preventing websites from loading for their real customers.

 

“It’s the virtual equivalent of the sit-ins of the ‘60s,” said Andy Ellis, chief security officer of Akamai Technologies Inc., a Cambridge-based data network management company. If enough protesters crowded into a military recruiting station, nobody could sign up for a trip to Vietnam. In the same way, DDoS attacks block the flow of good data, shutting everything down.

 

 

Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday and Hackers

Huffington Post

November 20, 2017

 

I can’t help but, to hum a few bars in my head of, “one of these things is not like the other.” Even when dealing with the title of this post in a tongue-in-cheek approach, it’s hard not to see these items as being different and still, unfortunately intertwined.

 

It is that time of year again when thoughts turn to shopping and deals, deals and more deals. There’s a deluge of emails that clog our inboxes trumpeting all manner of savings in a bid to have us jump online before the tryptophan-induced fog finally lifts. In those emails, and lurking online, are miscreants that are more than willing to separate you from your hard earned money.

 

A few years ago I wrote about some steps that you can take to better protect yourself online on our own Akamai blog. Here are five things that you can do to better protect yourself this Cyber Monday as you click away in search of savings.

 

(See also R-CISC)

 

*Byline article by Akamai Global Security Advocate Dave Lewis

 

 

Quality and Security: Two Steps to Digital Content Delivery Success

Dotmagazine

November 2017

 

The days when content providers simply offered linear television services are over.  OTT (or Over The Top) video – along with games, news and events – has seen huge growth in recent years and now makes up more than half of all consumer traffic on the Internet. 

 

This presents a growing challenge for suppliers: how can they build a robust infrastructure that embodies the two guiding principles of content delivery – quality and safety? With expanding audiences wanting new content in ever-increasing volumes, providers need the ability to scale to an audience of any size. And it’s not just a volume issue. Users now demand a flawless online experience, and to be able to consume content how they want, when they want, where they want. To achieve this experience for their viewers, media companies need to optimize content, so that it’s fast, available, and secure. 

 

*Byline article by Akamai Regional Sales Director Martin Hellmer

 

 

IT LIFE: James Kretchmar, Akamai EMEA CTO

Silicon

November 24, 2017

 

Akamai CTO talks us through IPv6, the Apollo Lunar Module and why he would study foreign languages if he wasn’t in tech.

 

What is your role and who do you work for? 

 

I’m CTO for EMEA and APJ at Akamai Technologies.  I work with customers and partners whose challenges require technology that’s beyond the leading edge of the industry today.  

 

This ranges from serving broadcast quality video over the Internet to very large audiences, to delivering high performance, high reliability website experiences, to securing sites and infrastructure from the largest, most sophisticated attacks on the Internet.  

 

I also run innovation programs with our telco carrier partners in EMEA to advance next generation technologies for delivering content on the Internet.

 

 

Bonus:

 

How to Avoid Fake Shopping Apps This Holiday Season

U.S. News & World Report

November 22, 2017

 

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday around the corner, consumers and retailers are gearing up for a busy shopping season. Meanwhile, experts caution that scammers may have a new trick up their sleeves: fake shopping apps.

 

"In the Android ecosystem, it is unfortunately a lot easier for an attacker to inject malicious code," says Dave Lewis, global security advocate for cloud security company Akamai Technologies. "Apple has a far more stringent gated community. It's not 100 percent bulletproof, but the risk is far lower as a result of their gated community approach."

 

This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!

 

Highlights include:

 

  1. 3 things about Akamai
  2. Akamai among top employers in Boston
  3. Where on Earth is there no Internet
  4. IoT threats
  5. Evolution of edge computing

 

 

3 Things Akamai Technologies' Management Wants You to Know

The Motley Fool

November 13, 2017

 

In Akamai Technologies' (NASDAQ: AKAM) latest quarterly report, the company crushed Wall Street's estimates. Thanks to solid sales of cloud security services and a media delivery platform that's finding its feet again, Akamai's third-quarter sales rose 6% year over year to $621 million and adjusted earnings of $0.62 per share left the $0.59 analyst consensus far behind.

 

Don't call it a comeback, because Akamai never really went away. The data distribution and network security veteran has grown its top-line sales by 25% over the last three years while free cash flows increased by 17%. At the same time, Akamai shares fell 12% lower and are now trading at a significant discount to historical P/E and price to cash flow ratios.

 

Read on to get a closer look at three key quotes from Akamai's third-quarter earnings call, where management explained what's going on behind the headline numbers.

 

 

Top largest employers for 2017 in Greater Boston

The Boston Globe

November 16, 2017

 

This year, more than 75,000 workers at 334 companies around the state completed anonymous surveys administered by the employee engagement company Energage (formerly called WorkplaceDynamics) of Exton, Pennsylvania. The survey asks employees about management, training, direction, job satisfaction, and more; the more positive the response, the higher the company ranks.

 

Winners are named in four categories, based on number of employees: small (50-99 employees); medium (100-249); large (250-999); and largest (1,000 or more).

 

#13 Akamai Technologies

 

(See also: Built in Boston)

 

 

The last places on Earth with no internet

The Telegraph

November 14, 2017


B
ritain is addicted to the internet. Just take a look at the occupants of any bus stop or train station platform. Heads down, phones out. When the conversations stop in our pubs and restaurants, the first question asked by many of us isn’t “Whose round is it?”, it’s “What’s the Wi-Fi password?”

 

Ninety-nine per cent of young Britons (aged 16-35) are internet users, according to ONS statistics, and we spend a staggering 10 hours a day consuming media, much of it delivered to our mobiles or tablets. In short, we’re a nation in need of a digital detox.

 

But one can’t rely on willpower alone. We need to avoid temptation and truly escape the clutches of the internet. So where’s best to go?

 

We asked Akamai, the content delivery network and cloud services provider, for guidance.

 

(See also: International Business Times, NoInvite.com)

 

 

The Internet of Things could easily be the Internet of Threats

Economic Times

November 16, 2017

 

The Internet of Things (IoT), unlike SMAC (Social Mobile Analytics Cloud), moved faster from being an industry buzzword to reality. However, what needs to be examined is whether businesses are prepared to fully leverage IoT.

The McKinsey Quarterly for March of 2010 defined IoT as: “sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects—from roadways to pacemakers—are linked through wired and wireless networks, often using the same Internet Protocol (IP) that connects the Internet. These networks churn out huge volumes of data that flow to computers for analysis. When objects can both sense the environment and communicate, they become tools for understanding complexity and responding to it swiftly.”

 

*Byline by Akamai Senior Product Manager Aseem Ahmed

 

 

Setting the edge: Cloud experts sketch out how edge computing will evolve

GeekWire

November 15, 2017

 

Lior Netzer, vice president and general manager of Akamai’s mobile business unit, laid out a scenario in which a coffee shop in India that wanted to offer online content to its customers could have that content pushed to a local machine overnight, when fewer people are using the network. The coffee shop could then serve that content directly to its customers when it opens for business the next morning, giving them access to news and information in a speedy fashion that wouldn’t necessarily be possible if all those customers tried to get online and pull that information from the cloud at the same time.

 

This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!

 

Highlights include:

  1. More control with DevOps
  2. Akamai introduces Enterprise Threat Protector
  3. Preparing for m-commerce
  4. Effects of the General Data Protection Regulation
  5. Prevalence of cloud security

Akamai Gives DevOps Teams More Control

DevOps.com

October 31, 2017

 

When most DevOps teams think about platforms, it’s usually a conversation about some form of software sitting on a server in a data center. But many web and mobile applications employ a content delivery network (CDN) as the platform on which they depend most to run. Akamai Technologies is moving to provide DevOps teams with much greater visibility into and control over what’s occurring across its namesake CDN.

 

Ari Weil, senior director of industry marketing at Akamai, says CDNs now play a pivotal role in enabling IT organizations to deploy web and mobile applications in the cloud. To provide DevOps teams with more control over those deployments, Akamai is committing to treat the core CDN as code that can be programmatically invoked in addition to providing real-time visibility into applications running on Akamai and simplifying the modification of applications in production, says Weil.

 

 

Akamai Introduces Enterprise Threat Protector Capabilities

Enterprise Channels MEA

November 2, 2017

 

Akamai Technologies introduced its Enterprise Threat Protector capabilities in Dubai to provide improved DNS performance for customers’ using the service in the region. Enterprise Threat Protector is designed to provide customers quick-to-deploy and easy-to-manage cloud-based protection against the impact of complex targeted threats such as malware, ransomware, and phishing. It is designed specifically to address the “intelligence gap” in DNS infrastructure. Using threat data gathered through Akamai’s Cloud Security Intelligence capabilities, Enterprise Threat Protector is architected to layer critical intelligence onto a company’s recursive DNS requests, preventing users from accessing malicious domains and lowering risk for businesses of all sizes. The value of Enterprise Threat Protector comes from the solution’s ability to better determine the “intent” of a DNS request from the enterprise.

 

 

Is Your Site Prepared for M-Commerce?

Website Magazine

November 11, 2017

 

What are some holiday m-commerce predictions?

Ari Weil, Akamai: Mobile purchases will be on par with desktop this year -- and mobile Web purchases will continue to outpace in-app purchases. Consumers are still not completely comfortable with the in-app purchase experience and are more likely to use mobile Web to convert. At the same time, retailers are still struggling to maximize the value of their mobile apps to drive usage and conversion.

In-store use of mobile will also continue, as many retailers
such as Best Buy have focused on tuning the digital and physical use cases for an omnichannel approach that’s channel synergistic -- not competitive. 

Use of HTML5 advanced features like device, location, orientation, and access to on-board functions will continue to catch on amongst mobile commerce players to enable engaging experiences, such as like AR/VR and advanced media.

 

 

How GDPR Can Be Your Halloween Fright

Forbes

October 31, 2017

 

Halloween has always been a favourite time of year for me growing up in Canada. I was never really was able to put my finger on the “why” of it exactly. Probably the candy but, these days I taken to the habit of examining the things in life that scare me. Review the things that go bump in the night the we need to talk about in order to remove the fear. Ignoring threats does little to assuage fears.

 

One such spectre that haunts the halls of companies the world over is the EU General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR.

 

Have you ever taken a moment to wonder where all the information the you share online ends up? Who has access to your personal data, web surfing history or online spending habits? This data has monetary value for companies and often gets shared without your knowledge. GDPR aims to wrap controls around this sort of behavior.

 

GDPR became a going concern on April 14, 2016 when it was passed by the EU Parliament. This regulation is set to come into force on May 25, 2018. Do you have customers in the EU? Do you do business in the EU? Then this will apply to your company.

 

 

Block enemy cloud security outside the country

NetAdmin

October 31, 2017

 

Security has become a necessary condition for business. Cloud security is even more prevalent because it provides effective protection against recent threats, protects your organization from future security risks, and applies the right security for your business and the likely attacks.

 

Two years ago, the notion of cloud-based security was not yet widely known and I was so distressed to explain "what it means to be cloud-safe." Someone even asked me if cloud-based security was a solution for protecting the cloud. As the concept of cloud security grows in popularity, abbreviations like Security as a Service (SECaaS) are now also being used frequently and more and more companies are asking for cloud security. This trend is due to the increasing threat to corporate security, such as DDoS attacks using the Mirai botnet or DD4BC (extortion bitcoin DDoS). 

 

* Authored by Akamai Director of Product Marketing Lorenz Jakober

 

This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers moveFaster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!

Highlights include:

  1. Q3 Earnings Coverage
  2. The OTT Opportunity
  3. Looking Back on the Dyn Attack
  4. Best Practices for Data Protection
  5. Securing, Caching APIs

 

Akamai Technologies CEO on improving cloud security

CNBC

October 25, 2017

 

Following the Company’s Q3 results, Akamai Technologies CEO Tom Leighton discusses Akamai's cloud security and media businesses. 

 

Tom appeared on numerous broadcast outlets and was widely quoted after our recent financials report

(See also: Bloomberg: Akamai CEO Says Earnings Beat Is 'Tip of the Iceberg'; Barron’s: Akamai, Hero of Earnings, Jumps 5% Amidst a Lousy Market; TheStreet.com:What You're Seeing With Cord-Cutting Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Akamai CEO and Akamai CEO: Be Scared In the Wake of Major Cyberattacks; FierceCable: Akamai: Q3 video traffic grows 40% due to OTT linear/live content demand as well as Cheddar TV, Motley Fool, Fierce Cable, Reuters, Investor’s Business Daily)

 

 

The Sky is the Limit for OTT Service Providers 

Hong Kong Economic Times

October 26, 2017

 

The demand for OTT has been increasing in Hong Kong recently, especially for live streaming.  However, in order to continually grow OTT revenue, we have to fully understand the characteristics of local audiences. They want the content they stream online to have minimal buffering, for the audio to be in sync, and for there to be little to no pixilation. Consumers also expect content to boot up quickly, and may stop watching if content takes longer than two seconds to load. In view of this, enterprises need high quality content delivery partners, which provide low latency network, so as to meet consumers’ expectation and drive the growth of OTT revenue as an ultimate goal.

 

*Authored by Akamai Chief Strategist for Media Vincent Low

 

(See also: NetAdmin)

 

 

The DDoS Attack Against Dyn One Year Later

October 23, 2017

Forbes

 

On October 21, 2016, one year ago this past weekend, the customers of a company called Dyn found themselves knocked off the Internet for all intents and purposes. A massive distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) was underway and it had managed to render thousands of websites inaccessible. The attack specifically targeted the domain name servers (DNS) for the provider Dyn (now Oracle).

 

Through research from Akamai Technologies (full disclosure, I work there) and the security firm, Flashpoint, it was disclosed that this attack was facilitated in part with the attackers use of the Mirai botnet [.pdf]. This was a botnet that was built out from a rag tag collection of Internet of Things (IoT) related devices. The botnet was comprised of all manner of internet connected devices from home routers to digital video recorders.

 

 

Is the lame DUHK attack anything to go quackers about?

IT Security Thing

October 27, 2017

 

“There are best practices that all businesses should follow with hard keys: such as regular key rotations, patching and normal upgrades away from legacy systems,” Jay Coley, senior director security services with Akamai, explained. “The real security risk with token-based VPNs is that too many companies have too many users punching through their firewalls to access the network,” Jay insists, “opening up vulnerabilities to bad actors. Businesses need to forget the traditional moats and castles approach to protecting their data and adopt a zero-trust mentality where data and applications are isolated from the network and secured.”

 

 

The Case for API Caching

BankInfoSecurity 

October 25, 2017

 

Are organizations making the same security mistakes with APIs today that they made with their websites 10 years ago? Jeffrey Costa of Akamai Technologies says yes, and offers insight on securing and caching APIs.

 

Costa, senior product manager, web experience, at Akamai, says he is seeing common mistakes—and he understands why.

 

“The folks who develop APIs are very different from the team that develops a company’s website,” he says. They may not have learned the lessons that the web teams know.

 

In this interview about API caching, Costa discusses: 

  • Myths and realities about API caching; 
  • Scalability and other business benefits; 
  • Specific steps organizations have taken to improve performance and security.

*Authored by Akamai Senior Product Manager Jeffrey Costa

 

 

Bonus:

 

Ziddy's "Take me to eat at a company": Halloween party at Akamai, salaryman cosplay edition

ZDNet Japan

October 27, 2017

I am so excited to announce the launch of Learn Akamai, Akamai’s new home for help, product docs, quick start guides, release notes, and more. Anyone can quickly find the assistance they need with easy-to-use navigation or integrated search. Best of all, content is available publicly at learn.akamai.com and discoverable by major search engines. Over time, content on Learn Akamai will continually improve and grow.  

 

 

 

This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!

 

Highlights include:

 

  1. Akamai Welcomes Nominum
  2. Andy Ellis on His Cyber Career
  3. Akamai and Web Performance
  4. The Latest on Bot Manager
  5. The Internet of Things

  

Akamai snaps up Nominum to beef up its DNS software security

SiliconANGLE

October 11, 2017

 

Akamai Technologies Inc. said Wednesday that it has acquired Nominum Inc., a Redwood City, California-based company that provides domain-name service software and applications for top telecom providers, for an undisclosed sum.

 

Founded way back in 1999, Nominum offers an integrated suite of DNS-based applications that are claimed to “digitally transform service providers, while personalizing the online experience for subscribers.” The company’s platform is used by more than 100 telecommunications companies in 40-plus countries.

 

(See also Dark Reading, Enterprise Networking Planet, ZDNet, Fierce Telecom, Security Week, FierceCable, Telecoms.com, Reuters, Wall Street Journal Pro, Boston City Biz List, Telecom Ramblings, BlastingNews, Nasdaq, NewsCenter.io, StreetInsider.com, Boannews.com)

 

 

Akamai CSO Andy Ellis on His Cyber Career

InfoSecurity

October 11, 2017

 

Speaking at the live launch of Infosecurity Next Gen at Infosecurity North AmericaAkamai CSO Andy Ellis ran through his career and how he got to the position he is in now. He said that time spent studying at MIT in ‘theoretical computer science’ included him taking part time jobs at Disney and as a bartender, and even though these were not related to security: “after a long day you do appreciate a good bottle of wine!” 

 

After graduation, he spent time in the US Air Force and was in the first operational information warfare unit, which was part of the intelligence unit originally – but they did not know what was going on, so the unit was created to put defenses in first on the Bright Star project. After this he joined Akamai, but he was quick to admit that there were some roadblocks along the way at various jobs, and by the time he was in his second week he “was responsible for shutting down 75% of the network”, which affected customers in Asia, and was making decisions on product development; the moral was not to fail a lot, but about opportunity and success and failure “and if you take an opportunity you will fail sometimes but what is important is getting back up.”

 

 

Akamai Moves Into Optimization for Marketers

MediaPost

October 11, 2017

 

Akamai is moving into optimization for campaigns and content by developing an adaptive learning engine that gathers real user and application data to determine how apps work in different situations and then automates changes in the process.

 

It feeds the data into the engine to better understand how applications differ across geographies, device types, browsers, and more, and then makes changes. The benefits also include the ability for marketers to manage content with autonomy and speed.

 

Akamai is a global delivery platform that has the ability to gather data across every major geography and every major network, both wireless and cellular. It has insights into the back-end of the internet -- places where other provides cannot or won't go. The data can provide insights into speed and why campaigns and content do or don't perform.

 

(See also APMDigest)

 

 

Akamai Improves Bot Manager to Defend Against Credential Stuffing

eWeek

October 12, 2017

 

Among the most common type of attacks that hit the Akamai platform on a daily basis is one known as credential stuffing. In such an attack, automated bots aim to reuse passwords and credentials harvested from other sites and data breaches to exploit new systems.

 

At the Akamai Edge conference on Oct. 11, Akamai announced an enhanced technology offering called Bot Manager Premier to help identify and block advanced credential stuffing attacks. Bot Manager Premier integrates bot detection technology Akamai acquired from Cyberfend in December 2016.

 

"Pretty much everything depends on the internet today, and that means that pretty much everything is vulnerable," Tom Leighton, co-founder and CEO of Akamai, said during his Akamai Edge keynote speech.

 

(See also Security Ledger, eSecurity Planet, Cyberwire, Bleeping Computer, Advanced Television, Telecompaper, ComputerWorld, GuruFocus,CSO, CSI)

 

 

Akamai Unveils Intelligent Platform for the Internet of Things

NewsFactor Network

October 13, 2017

 

Yesterday at the Akamai EDGE 2017 conference in Las Vegas, Akamai Technologies unveiled its plan to help manufacturing companies incorporate Internet of Things (IoT) devices into their IT infrastructures. The strategy revolves around the Akamai Intelligent Platform which will be used to support data transfer to and from connected devices around the world.

 

Akamai says manufacturers, automakers, and other companies connecting to the Internet of Things will be able support millions of customer devices more cost-effectively by using its new cloud-based IoT solutions, rather than building out and having to maintain their own global networks.

 

(See also Advanced Television, Telecompaper)

 

 

BONUS

How your business can survive the cyber-security skills crisis*

SC Media

October 12, 2017

 

With new cyber-threats emerging on an almost daily basis, cyber-attacks are quickly becoming one of the biggest concerns for businesses. This is good news for cyber-security professionals, as demand for their skills vastly outstrips supply. However, it's bad news for businesses in the UK, where more than two thirds of companies struggle to recruit the staff necessary to defend themselves.

 

*Authored by Jay Coley, Akamai Senior Director of Security Planning and Strategy, EMEA 

 

This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!

 

Highlights include:

  1. Can I Ask You a Few Questions Mr. Ramberg?
  2. Cloud Security, ‘Eh
  3. Some Good Advice to the City of Boston
  4. Tell Us About DevOps, Craig Adams
  5. Images Are Everything

 

5 Questions with Mark Ramberg, VP of Business Development for Media at Akamai

Videoink

October 2, 2017

 

Mark Ramberg is a veteran of the media technology industry, having held various technical, business, and leadership roles at companies ranging from startups to the Fortune 100. Currently, Ramberg leads Akamai’s over-the-top (OTT) television business strategy where he strives to help media and entertainment companies bring the best quality, next-generation TV experiences to their audiences. Prior to Akamai, Ramberg led media business and technology efforts at such notable companies as Microsoft and Amazon Web Services.

 

In this week’s “5 Questions,” Ramberg discusses the future of the OTT industry and what role traditional pay-TV will play in the developing landscape.

 

How Government Agencies Can Beef-up Cloud Security

Canadian Government Executive

October 4, 2017

 

In the last few years, we’ve seen various federal governments warning up to the cloud. For instance, The United States and the United Kingdom have both instituted “cloud first” policies with regards to the adoption of cloud technologies. The Canadian federal government’s Information Technology Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 takes a more pragmatic approach by providing public sector chief information officers the option to utilize on-premises tech platforms and well as cloud services.

 

Despite advances in cybersecurity technologies concerns remain among government agencies about how secure the cloud is. However, there are numerous strategies that IT and cybersecurity leaders in the public sector can adopt in order to bolster their organization’s cloud security posture, according to Tony Lauro, senior enterprise security architect for cloud services provider, Akamai Technologies.

 

Lauro recently discussed the cyber threat landscape and cybersecurity strategies for government agencies with the Canadian Government Executive.

 

How to Lure Amazon to Boston*

Boston Globe

October 6, 2017

 

The news that Boston could become home to Amazon’s second headquarters calls to mind Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s comment about our region six years ago. Asked to name his biggest regret as CEO, Zuckerberg replied: leaving Boston.

 

Like Facebook, the company I cofounded was hatched on humble beginnings. We began as a research project at MIT in 1995, when Tim Berners Lee posed the problem of handling flash crowds on the Internet. He recognized that millions of people would converge on a website at the same time and bring it (and large portions of the surrounding Internet) to a grinding halt. This is exactly the kind of technically-challenging, world-impacting problem that researchers at leading universities in our region excel at solving.

 

*Authored by Akamai’s CEO, Tom Leighton

 

Automating Content Delivery in a DevOps World*

O’Reilly

October 4, 2017

 

Craig Adams explores the traditional DevOps pipeline, addresses how to think about CDN automation, and explains how Akamai is baking automation into its CDN.

 

*Video from recent keynote at Velocity New York

 

Why Online Retailers Need to Optimize Images to Improve Participation*

eCommerce News España

October 2, 2017

 

The Internet is full of images: we find them in news, in the millions of "selfies" that populate social networks, in catalogs of products and in advertising. Now, we find it difficult to imagine effective communication without them.

 

Numerous studies show the relation between more and better images and superior engagement by users.

 

*Authored by Akamai’s Director of Product Training and Marketing for EMEA, Enrique Duvos

 

This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!

 

Highlights include:

  1. Economies of Scale
  2. We are Talking About the Future of TV
  3. Showing APIs the Love
  4. Makin’ It!
  5. Moving Targets

 

nScreenNoise – Economically Achieving TV Scale with Live Online

nScreen Media

September 28, 2017

 

How will online live events scale to television-sized audiences? Akamai’s Jim Ewaskiew tells us how the company is co-opting client devices to share the load and helping to save service providers money in the process.

 

(See also: 4RFV)

 

Akamai Strikes Back on a Higher Level

CSI Magazine

September 28, 2017

 

Akamai’s highest ambition though is to be seen as the champion of OTT video distribution, which Taylor sees as one of the major infrastructure challenges of our time. “We are talking here about the future of TV,” said Taylor.

 

On the one hand, the traditional dichotomy between live and on-demand viewing is breaking down into a constellation of states where people are watching at different delays from a few seconds to a few days. This is making multicast distribution inappropriate because it only caters for multiple people watching given content at exactly the same time.

 

On the other hand, the inexorable drive towards online distribution combined with the trend towards higher quality with Ultra HD is accelerating traffic growth.

 

 

How to Get the Team and Support in Place for Your API Strategy

Programable Web

September 27, 2017

 

Kirsten Hunter, author of Irresistible APIs and API Evangelist at Akamai Technologies, says when building internal organizational support, "The most important thing, the very first piece is to figure out what your business value is. If you don't know why you have an API, it's not likely to succeed."

 

Hunter gives an example of using a social platform when "perhaps you want to increase the usage, or increase the number of places people can interact with your system." She says that "the biggest business value is often customer stickiness: when [developers] choose to integrate with your API, they are less likely to move to a competitor."

 

Once the goal for building APIs has been articulated, Hunter says the second thing to think about is metrics. "This is critical when speaking with executives," she says.

 

How Web Speed and Uptime can Make or Break your eCommerce Business

Skyje News

September 28, 2017

 

Based on a survey conducted by Akamai, the threshold of acceptability for the response times of ecommerce sites is only 2 seconds. The study found that 47% of customers expect a web page to load in two seconds or even faster. Also, 40% of the study respondents indicated that they are only willing to wait for a page to get rendered not more than 3 seconds. This study, by the way, was conducted several years ago, when internet connection speeds weren’t as fast as how they are at present. Still, this study is widely referenced and appears to be reflective of the general sentiments of internet users. There have been no similar studies conducted recently but it should be safe to assume that customers nowadays are even more impatient.

 

Cyber attack on FX trading companies, DDoS alert, Demanding Money

Yomiuri Shimbun

September 24, 2017

 

It has become clear that there was a cyber-attack, called "Ransom DDoS", that threatened to launch a "DDOS attack" aimed at companies handling foreign exchange margin trading (FX trading) by sending large amounts of data to servers etc., and then demanding money.

 

According to Kazuhiro Nakanishi of the security company Akamai Technologies, "Cyber-attackers have increasingly started targeting newly established companies as major financial institutions strengthen their cyber-attack countermeasures. Attacks are likely to continue, and companies should be cautious."

 

BONUS #1

 

Live Sporting Events Drive Akamai Network to New Traffic Record

SVG News

September 25, 2017

 

Akamai Technologies set a new record on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, for the peak level of traffic delivered on its network. At more than 60 Tbps, the number eclipsed the previous record of 47 Tbps set on August 29th, 2017. The new peak was driven by several major events taking place concurrently on top of the normal day-to-day traffic that Akamai delivers.

 

“The Akamai cloud delivery platform is unique in its capacity to scale to such a high level, giving us an unrivaled ability to deliver multiple massive events at the same time while our customers and their end users go about their daily business without interruption,” said Michael Fay, Vice President of Media Products & Operations, Akamai. “Year after year, Akamai is setting new records of traffic volume and customer utilization of our network. Whether we’re supporting a month-long sports tournament with multiple competitions every day or one major event with a dramatic peak in traffic, Akamai has continued to be trusted when it counts the most by many of the world’s largest brands across finance, e-commerce, media & entertainment, and government organizations.”

 

BONUS #2

 

Cybersecurity Executive Order 13800: More than a Risk Assessment?*

Federal News Radio

September 28, 2017

 

Most folks around the Washington DC beltway have heard the cybersecurity Executive Order (EO 13800 – Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure) referred to as a simple risk assessment. But the reality is that it is much more about broadly modernizing federal IT infrastructure and improving the cybersecurity of our federal networks. Sure, the first step is a risk management report, but the next focuses on procurement of shared IT, including cloud and cybersecurity services.

 

*Authored by Akamai Senior Solutions Engineer Micah Maryn 

 

This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!

 

Highlights include:

  1. Mr. Fixit
  2. Protect Your Content, Protect Your Revenue
  3. Tom Ruff, Telling it Like it is!
  4. Fighting the Good Fight
  5. Setting Records

 

Upping Your Website’s Game Doesn’t Mean Fixing the Slowest Page First*

Internet Retailer

September 18, 2017

 

Conventional wisdom would have us believe that the slowest page on a website should be the first thing “fixed” when it comes to performance tuning. Well, that’s not always the case.

 

A common example: The checkout page should be the fastest, best-performing page on an e-commerce website, right? The reality is, more often than not, the exact opposite is true. That’s not to say that the checkout page can or should consistently take longer than the two seconds the average consumer is willing to wait for page to load. But if consumers make it to checkout, they’ve likely made up their mind and will move forward to purchase even if they experience some lag (of an extra second or two—after that you erode customer trust).

 

*Authored by Akamai Strategic Product and Marketing Leader Ari Weil

 

(See also: Dutch Cowboys)

 

Hack Attack: TV and Cybersecurity

Digital TV Europe

September 21, 2017

 

According to Martin McKeay, senior security advocate at Akamai Technologies, one of the reasons security has become a higher priority is the shift in business model from ad-supported to subscription-based, and the corresponding increase in the storage of personal identifiable information of customers.

 

SVOD alone will generate 70% of digital revenues in Europe in 2022 according to Dataxis. It forecasts that there will be 80 million additional SVOD subscribers signing up between 2016 and 2022.

 

“This has fundamentally changed the way media companies need to protect their businesses and their digital assets. It’s no longer a matter of ‘if’ a media company will be attacked, but ‘when’ they will be attacked,” warns McKeay.

 

Akamai’s Tom Ruff: Agencies Should Adopt Agile Tech as Part of Cyber ‘Defense-In-Depth Strategy’

Gov Con Wire

September 19, 2017

 

Tom Ruff, vice president of public sector at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based content delivery network and cloud services provider Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq: AKAM), has said government agencies should establish a comprehensive “defense-in-depth strategy” to protect networks from distributed denial-of-service attacks, cross-site scripting and other cyber threats.

 

Ruff wrote such a strategy seeks to advance the use of adaptable and agile technology platforms to defend networks and internet-connected devices against security threats as well as “set security policy at the edge of the network versus solely in the data center.”

 

India's Transition to Digital Has Caused A Spike In Cyber Attacks, But They Can Be Fought

Forbes

September 19, 2017

 

Earlier last month, researchers from Akamai, Cloudflare, Flashpoint and RiskIQ successfully contained a volumetric attack against Android devices. The WireX botnet comprised malicious applications running on Android devices. After surveying data from more than 100 countries, it was found that a significant amount of suspicious traffic originated from India. Aseem Ahmed, senior product manager, cloud security, APAC, Akamai, says, “The sophistication of cyberattacks is increasing. Attackers are using Android architecture and background applications for malicious purposes. Traditional forms of defence against cyber threat are no longer sufficient.”

 

New Record Set

TVB Europe

September 19, 2017

 

Michael Fay, vice president of media products and operations at Akamai, said: “Year after year, Akamai is setting new records of traffic volume and customer utilisation of our network, whether we’re supporting a month-long sports tournament with multiple competitions every day or one major event with a dramatic peak in traffic.”

 

(See also: Telecompaper, Bit Mat, Mac4Ever)

 

BONUS #1:

 

What Top Employers are Doing to Maximize Workers’ 401(k) Savings

EBN

September 21, 2017

 

For Benny Award Benefits Professional of the Year Sarah Sardella, senior director of global benefits at Akamai Technologies, auto-enrollment was a major contributing factor that helped about 3,500 U.S. employees save more for retirement.

 

“Participation was at 71% when I joined [in 2009]; now it’s at 93%,” she said Tuesday at Employee Benefit News’ Benefits Forum & Expo in Boca Raton, Fla. “We want to make sure people are automatically saving [and] give them the levers they can pull to do what’s right for them.”

 

The global content delivery network service provider sets the 401(k)-contribution default to 8% to make sure employees are maximizing the company’s match, along with auto-escalating the contribution rate by 1% each year.

 

BONUS #2

 

75 Gbps DDoS Attack from Only 400 botnets, Akamai Warns Attention

IT Pro

September 20, 2017

 

Akamai Technologies announced security trends on the Internet on September 20, 2017, April - June 2017. As a recent trend, there are cases in which large-scale DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks are launched even in small botnets, attacks aimed at FX (Foreign Exchange Margin Transaction) and bit coin related services Increasing, pointed out not only attacks on Web sites but also attacks aimed at API (application programming interface) are pointed out, calling attention.

 

(See also: ZD Net Japan, Security Insight Japan) 

Hurricane Irma affected millions this week. As always here at Akamai, taking care of people comes first, and the wellbeing of our team was the foremost priority. Akamai had both personnel and facilities in the storm path and operated with an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of our people as well as continued continuity of operations for our customers.

 

Akamai operates with multiple redundant SOCCs in both the US and other geographic regions to ensure adequate staff and support during potentially operation-interrupting events. In this case, as part of a DCP protocol, teams in Florida relocated to unaffected areas in anticipation of the storm, and with support from other SOCC locations were able to continue fully functional managed security services to our customers around the globe.

 

Akamai continually monitored the location and safety of employees and their families throughout the weather event and has confirmed that everyone in the affected area made it through the storm safely. Thanks to Akamai’s thorough pre-planning for unexpected events (including weather), customer support was unaffected by Hurricane Irma.

 

Written by: Mani Sundaram, SVP Global Services & Support; Francis Trentley, VP Security Services & Support; Roger Barrango, Director Global Security Operations

 

Akamai Global Security Services

cc: Web Performance, Services and Support, Media Delivery Cloud Security

This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!

 

Highlights include:

  1. Mad Skills
  2. Some More Thoughts on Web Security
  3. WireX, Now With More UDP!
  4. Still More from the State of the Internet / Security Report
  5. Internet Down Under

 

Azure, Google Cloud Skills More in Demand than AWS

Computer Business Review

September 4, 2017

 

The Akamai analysis also found that the demand for cloud application management, particularly Microservice skills, had increased by a huge 114 per cent.

 

Ian Florey, Solutions Engineering Manager at Akamai UK comments: “These figures are encouraging for young students considering a career in the cloud industry. The demand for increasingly complex and specific cloud skills is a sign that the UK is moving beyond simply adopting the cloud, to embracing the benefits it can provide.”

 

(See also: Cloud Pro UK, Business Matters, Information Age, Small Business)

 

Cybersecurity: Not Just a Flash in the Pan*

Business Today

September 7, 2017

 

Clearly, cybersecurity has become increasingly popular over the past year. The next step is deciphering what this popularity means. Little can be achieved through further dissection of the debit card hack of 2016, in which a hack hit major Indian banks, compromising 3.2 million debit cards, in one of the biggest ever financial data breaches in India. It, however, does gives rise to a point worth deliberating - that of 'collaboration'.

 

A popular phrase is, "hindsight is 20/20", and the loopholes that led to the debit card hack now seem preventable. What would be worth ascertaining is if collaboration could have solved the problem? And what kind of collaboration - between individual corporates and governments? Should it be between government agencies? Should businesses collaborate? Should governments be the only ones who collaborate with businesses? What is an acceptable way out in a competitive global business environment?

 

*Authored by Akamai’s Regional Director, Web Division Anand Venkatraman

 

Variant of Android WireX Bot Delivers Powerful UDP Flood Attacks

Security Week

September 6, 2017

 

The bot spins up 50 threads. Each thread runs until 10,000,000 packets have been directed at the target, and is replaced by the next thread. "It is possible," writes Akamai, "a victim could receive many more than 500,000,000 packets per a given attacking source.  At these rates, a single host is capable of generating over 250GB of attack traffic per attack directive received."

 

The attack rate is dependent on the speed of the delivering device and its network connections. "The code does not throttle the attack, and as a result will use all resources available on the device. We noticed our Android phone got surprisingly hot to the touch as a result."

 

DDoS Attacks on the Rise

Gears of Biz

September 5, 2017

 

Akamai has released its Q2 2017 State of the Internet Security Report, which shows that distributed denial of service (DDoS) and web application attacks are on the rise.

 

Contributing to the rise was the PBot DDoS malware, which re-emerged as the foundation of the strongest DDoS attacks seen by Akamai in Q2.

 

Attackers were able to create a mini-DDoS botnet capable of launching a 75Gbps DDoS attack.

 

Interestingly, the Pbot botnet was comprised of only 400 nodes, yet was able to generate a significant level of attack traffic.

 

(See also: Gears of Biz, Computing España, Corriere delle Comunicazioni, Tecnonews.info, Silicon.es, TICPymes.es, DiarioTI.com)

 

OVO Mobile Taps into NBN Discontent

The Australian

September 5, 2017

 

Mobile speeds in Australia are moving upwards. According to Akamai’s “2017 State of the Internet” report, mobile broadband is 41 per cent faster on average compared with fixed broadband in Australia, and is improving almost twice as fast. While the global report ranked Australia 50th in the world for average fixed-broadband speed, it placed Australia seventh for mobile data speed.

 

The other notable characteristic in the local mobile market is the intensity of investment in networks. Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are all pumping more money into expanding coverage and quality and Mr Jones said all signs point to mobile services becoming far more attractive to households.

(See also: The New Daily, ZD Net, IT Wire) 

This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!

 

Highlights include:

  1. Everything Old is New Again
  2. School House Rock!
  3. One, Two, Three Seconds You’re Out
  4. Give Me an “O” Give Me a “T” Give Me a “T”
  5. Protecting Must See TV

 

DDoS Threat Increases While Mirai Becomes 'Pay-for-Play'

Security Week

August 22, 2017

 

The DDoS threat is increasing again. Pbot can generate 75 Gbps from just 400 nodes and Mirai has been commoditized. However, despite the growing number of attacks, the overall trend seems to be for more frequent, smaller attacks. These are the primary takeaways from a new Q2 study into internet traffic.

 

Akamai Technologies, a Cambridge, Mass.-based content delivery network (CDN) and cloud services provider with more than 233,000 servers in over 130 countries, has published its Q2 State of the Internet report (PDF). The report comprises analyses of attack data seen across this network. It shows that DDoS attacks have increased by a massive 28% over the previous quarter.

 

(See also: Hindustan Times, Beta News, India Times, International Business Times, Security Brief Europe, Help Net Security, Technology Decisions, InfoSecurity Magazine, The Hill, High Tech Bridge, IT Security Guru, Cyber News Group, TEISS, Federal Times, Silicon España, Smart Business, Dutch IT Channel, CyberScoop,MediaNama, Indian Express, Security Asia, eWeek, Bleeping Computer, London Loves Business, IT Pro Portal, Which 50, Clubic)

 

3 Reasons Why Cybersecurity is Such a Problem for Higher Ed*

eCampus News

August 23, 2017

 

As the volume and rate of complex cyber-attacks such as malware, ransomware, DNS data exfiltration and phishing continue to rise exponentially, higher education institutions are now struggling to deal with a tsunami of threats. To add to the challenge, the vast majority of threats they face are engineered to target a specific institution and to exploit any vulnerabilities in its specific security systems and processes.

 

A system that becomes infected with malware presents a huge risk for any college or university. For example, in the case of an infected laptop, disconnecting the device from the network and removing the malware is time consuming and inconvenient, and there is a greater risk that a malware-infected laptop could be used to steal confidential data such as student information, financial data, usernames and passwords.

 

The financial and reputational impact that a data breach can have on an institution can be catastrophic, which is why cybersecurity is now a board agenda.

 

*Authored by Akamai Vice President of Public Sector, Tom Ruff

 

Three Seconds and You're Out

Media Post

August 23, 2017

 

According to the recent State of Online Retail Performance by Akamai, retail businesses today face enormous challenges in delivering the fast, reliable, 24x7 omnichannel experience that users demand. And those users won’t wait around ‘til it’s right. 53% of mobile site visitors will leave a page that takes longer than three seconds to load, says the report.

 

The Online Retail Performance Report delivers insights into how web performance affects consumers and, ultimately, online businesses. The report explores the “magic number” for page load times and the impact of one-second performance improvements, or slowdowns, on conversion and bounce rates, as well as impact of performance on session length.

 

Cord Cutters, Revel: It's a Battle Royal Between Netflix, Amazon, Disney, TV

USA Today

August 22, 2017

 

"Even twelve or 18 months ago, the industry was still trying to wrap its head around what OTT (over-the-top video) was and the implications," said Mark Ramberg, vice president of business development for media at Akamai, a networking company that has helped deliver streaming video for major global events such as the Olympics and the World Cup. "Now if you are not delivering content over the top, you are hardly relevant."

 

Primetime Targets

Multichannel News

August 21, 2017

 

Distributors are struggling to stay current with the problem as well. As the backbone of the U.S. communications infrastructure, cable and telecom companies are in the crosshairs of hackers on a daily basis. Attacks that take down their services can cripple businesses, annoy consumers and wreak severe economic damage.

 

Sophisticated hackers can find a way to gain entry into company servers, stealing internal or customer data. In July, for example, Verizon Communications revealed that personal data for millions of its customers was exposed due to a misconfigured cloud server.

 

“Twenty years ago, I had an ISP look me straight in the eye and say, ‘We build the highway, how you choose to drive on it is up to you,’ ” Dave Lewis, global security advocate for content delivery network and cloud services provider Akamai, said. “Unfortunately, that sort of mentality just doesn’t hold water anymore, and they really need to take these sorts of things seriously.”

 

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8 Top Cyber-Attack Maps and How to Use Them

CSO

August 21, 2017

 

The Akamai real-time monitor isn't a typical cyber-attack map, but we've included it here because it does track attacks in addition to traffic on the internet. Once loaded, it's possible to see what regions in the world have the most traffic volume; in another tab, you can see what regions are experiencing the most attacks. Akamai says the data is presented in real-time.

 

(See also: Networks Asia, CSO Australia)