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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.”

 

BONUS #1:

 

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)

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. Engage!
  2. Are you Getting the Picture?
  3. Can you See the Future?
  4. Martin McKeay has his Finger on the Pulse of Web Security
  5. Primetime is Any Time with Akamai

 

Engagement, Brand Perception Depend on Video QoE – Akamai

Light Reading

August 15, 2017

 

A new study from Akamai released today offers more insight into the importance of video quality on viewer engagement and brand perception. The study also found that the business model used by the streaming provider influenced the extent to which quality influenced perception of the video experience. Titled "Bit Rate and Business Model," the study used new technologies to evaluate viewers' reactions to video streams at different QoE levels. 

 

Most people in the industry I have discussed this with agree that QoE is critical for streaming providers. Various surveys have also identified it as important, though in a prior survey conducted by Heavy Reading, it was specifically buffering and rebuffering that were anathema to viewers, not minor fluctuations in video quality (for example, switching to a lower profile in an ABR scenario.)

 

(See also: Economic Daily News, CDNews, Digital Wall)

 

Akamai Sees the Big Picture on Video Platforms

Economic Times

August, 14, 2017

 

Akamai, one of the largest content delivery networks in the world, is looking to help video platforms reduce the unpredictability of the internet infrastructure through its suite of recently-launched media products.

 

Sidharth Pisharoti, Akamai's regional vice-president for media in Asia Pacific and Japan, told ETtech they are currently testing products like predictive content delivery and media acceleration with select content providers in the country, but declined to disclose specific names.

 

Predictive content delivery sits within the video platform's app to read the consumer's behaviour and their viewing history to predict what they'd like to watch next and automatically downloads it when the consumer is on a strong WiFi connection.

 

 

The Menacing, Hopeful Future of U.S. Government Cybersecurity

The Diplomatic Courier

August 16, 2017

 

Where there are challenges, there are of course potential solutions. Akamai’s review reveals three possible cybersecurity strategies for the future: continuous monitoring and advanced authentication, cloud-based solutions, and improving employee education and hiring practices. Two-factor authentication, DHS’s Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation (CDM) program, and the use of site defenders, which maintain website performance and address threats simultaneously, are ways in which the first strategy can be operationalized. Cloud-based technology allows for the easier integration of data from multiple systems and centralization, giving leaders better visibility. Improving employee education and hiring techniques will take the most time, but has the potential to reap perhaps the greatest reward in the long term. DHS has provided a Cybersecurity Workforce Development Toolkit, which can be highly beneficial but will take a lot of time to implement. In the meantime, web-security services can be used to supplement the additional IT workforce needs.

 

'Pulse Wave' DDoS Attacks Emerge as New Threat

Dark Reading

August 17, 2017

 

There may be another explanation for pulse wave attacks. "The attack is actually against a subnet range, where the observer is only protecting a portion of the subnet," McKeay says. "The botnet would appear to be going flat-out at a high rate and it would look like the attack was 'switching' targets, when that switch was either attacks owned by the same target that weren’t protected, or were owned by another entity and simply happened to be sharing IP space."

 

Fundamentally, such attacks do not involve a radically different command-and-control set up than a usual DDoS attack, but it is slightly more sophisticated, he says. "Overall, we believe that this kind of attack is further evidence of the commoditization of DDoS and the continuing rise of 'pay-for-play' attacks," McKeay says.

 

For Mobile Customers, Predictive Content Delivery Now Ensures Primetime is not Once a Day Anymore*

Financial Express

August 17, 2017

 

Television in the early 1980’s brought families together with shows like Hum Log, the first soap opera on Indian television. In the West, a seminal moment was 12:01 AM, August 1, 1981. MTV aired Video Killed the Radio Star – a song by The Buggles. Television was in, and radio began its dive to a slow decline. Beyond that bit of trivia, it’s interesting to see the history of media and consumption across devices from the prism of cricket. June 25, 1983 and April 2, 2011 mark when India won the ICC Cricket World Cup. However, how we received the news of India’s victory changed over the 28-year timeframe. In 1983, it was over the radio while in 2011, it was predominantly over television. Smartphones in 2011 were the televisions of 1983 —not nearly as prevalent and came with expensive high-speed data connections.

 

*Authored by Akamai’s VP, Media, Asia Pacific and Japan, Sidharth Pisharoti

 

BONUS #1:

 

Finding Needles in Haystacks: Using Data and Analytics to Effectively Counter Attacks on the Web*

LinkedIn

August 16, 2017

 

In the latest Gartner, Inc. Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls, Akamai was positioned in the Leaders quadrant. And while it’s always gratifying to be recognized for your accomplishments, it’s even more gratifying to know that your customers are benefitting from their use of the innovative solutions your company is bringing to market.

 

This is especially true in website and application security.

 

Today’s online businesses are facing a perfect storm. A proliferation of insecure, Internet-enabled devices, combined with inexpensive compute, means that it has never been cheaper or easier to launch devastating attacks against anyone doing business online. Everyone is a potential target – from the biggest international brands, to small local businesses.

 

*Authored by Akamai’s Sr. VP and General Manager, Web Performance and Security Ash Kulkarni

 

(See also: LinkedIn)

 

 

BONUS #2:

Fast load time is the key to e-commerce profitability

China Times

August 16, 2017

 

According to Maureen Chong, Country Manager, Akamai Hong Kong and Taiwan, Taiwan e-commerce market has grown fast in recent years, and e-commerce companies aims to pursue higher conversion rate for better business revenue. The report conducted by Akamai shows that people have different tolerance for load time according to various devices. On desktops, load time should be controlled within 1.8 seconds to reach the highest conversion rate (12.8%); on mobile devices, the load time should be less than 2.7 seconds to reach the best conversion rate (3.3%). To sum up, a slow website performance will hurt conversion rates seriously. In terms of bounce rate, mobile visitors are more likely to bounce than desktop visitors, in which a 2-second delay in load time will increase bounce rates by up to 103%.

 

The report also indicates how mobile Internet bandwidth and level of trust towards their devices affect online shopping behaviors as well. Maureen concluded that online retailers should view mobile performance optimization as the top priority so as to embrace the “mobile first era” and drive more profits.  

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. Let Us Help You with Your Struggles
  2. I Demand Protection
  3. The Wonderful World Disney
  4. Gone Phishin’
  5. Jive Talkin’

 

Why State and Local Government Still Struggle with Cybersecurity*

Government Computer News

August 10, 2017

 

State and local governments are struggling to deal with a number of cybersecurity threats. Tight budgets, lack of talent in the workforce and the constantly evolving nature of threats are a few reasons why the challenge is mounting. But cybersecurity cannot go neglected. State and local agencies store massive amounts of sensitive constituent data such as Social Security numbers, health care records and driver license numbers. And without a secure infrastructure, the public transportation systems, electric grids and water plants powering our nation’s cities remain vulnerable.

 

Complex attacks like malware pose a particularly large risk for state and local governments. Such attacks could cast a wide net aimed to negatively impact as many people as possible, or they could be targeted threats designed to attack a specific individual or organization. Both the reputational and financial impact that a cyberattack can have on a state and local entity can cause irreparable damage.

 

*Authored by Akamai’s Vice President, Public Sector, Tom Ruff

 

From the Internet of Things to the Menace of Things- Who’s Defending Our IoT Borders?*

The Australian

August 11, 2017

 

The evolution of botnets is one of the most significant trends that has happened in the cyber security space over the last couple of years. In 2016, the Internet of Things (IoT) was the trendy small talk in many living rooms around the world. But for Akamai, it was the year when the security risks of IoT devices evolved from being theoretical to becoming a practical problem, not just for consumers owning the device, but for the entire Internet. Whose responsibility was it to fix these “things” connecting to the Internet?

 

The risk of attacks and vulnerabilities with connected devices is going to be far larger than first perceived. Our most recent data in Australia has revealed a sharp increase in local source bots, especially Mirai, a malicious piece of code that seeks out unsecured devices and commands them to attack websites and logins. By taking over a large number of IoT devices, Mirai is able to launch large scale attacks on Australian sites, with far greater force then previous malware.

 

*Authored by Akamai Senior Security Specialist Nick Rieniets

 

(See also: Global Telecoms Business)

 

Long Live The King? Disney Takes Streaming Into Its Own Hands

Benzinga

August 9, 2017

 

Disney’s move isn’t bad news for everyone, though. The use of BAMTech’s direct-to-consumer technology may bode well for Akamai Technologies, Inc. 

 

“Akamai has partnered with BAMTech in the past to help deliver content, and could be positioned to benefit from an increase in BAMTech driven OTT traffic, though just initial speculation on our part,” Power and Erlikh wrote.

 

Five Things You Need to Know About Executive Protection

CSO

August 10, 2017

 

In general, it’s a good idea for executives to be vigilant in how they handle email. “A big set of scams is now the ‘CEO phishing,’ when an adversary sends out email pretending to be the CEO working on a clandestine deal, needing assistance,” says Andrew Ellis, CSO at Akamai Technologies, a provider of content delivery network services.

 

“The more that your normal mail looks like this, the easier it is for adversaries to get your company to behave inappropriately,” Ellis says. “Modern email clients can make it hard to tell when a message comes from outside the organization, but not all do. Consider advising your company to tag, or change colors, of all messages from outside the company.” 

 

How Akamai Powers Employee Collaboration and Enhances Customer Support

Jive Blog

August 8, 2017

 

Akamai is the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, making it easier for companies to provide the best and most secure digital experiences today and in the future. With over 6,000 employees, plus customers and partners spread around the world, Akamai turned to Jive’s Interactive Intranet and Customer Community solutions to power seamless collaboration across departments and provide online support.

 

Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with two of Akamai’s community strategists, Kirsten Laaspere and Judi Cardinal, to find out how Jive is powering human connections both inside and outside the company.

 

Kirsten helps manage Akamai’s intranet, called Aloha, which is helping boost employee engagement and improve global collaboration. Judi supports Akamai’s external community, providing its customers, partners and guests with an environment to learn, collaborate and share across industries and technologies.

 

BONUS #1:

 

This Company Offers Some Novel Ways to Develop Globalized Mobile Games

Youxituoluo

August 7, 2017

 

As a CDN company that helps Chinese game enterprises go global, Akamai often appears in different types of domestic games industry conferences, events, and parties. But it seems that Akamai does not gain considerable fame in the game world.

 

In fact, there have been quite a few Chinese game companies that already constructed distinctive international business layout with the help of Akamai, especially across the undeveloped emerging regions.

 

During ChinaJoy 2017, Mr. Ye Liu – Akamai's SE manager of GC – had an exclusive interview with Youxituoluo, sharing his viewpoints on how today's Chinese companies go global.

 

(See also: Sohu, baijiahao, YZZ, toutiao, NetEase)

 

 

BONUS #2:

 

CoreNet Global New England Chapter names winners of 2017 Awards of Excellence

New England Real Estate Journal

August 11, 2017

 

CoreNet Global’s New England Chapter has named the winners of its 2017 Awards of Excellence.  This annual awards program honors the best in commercial real estate people and projects across New England. 

 

Corporate Real Estate, Global
Erica Chapman, vice president of the global real estate + workplace productivity, Akamai Technologies

 

In her role at Akamai, Chapman works to drive a comprehensive, holistic, and differentiated strategy that enables the firm to deliver on the promise of a hyper-connected world where entertainment, business, and life are empowered to reach unimagined potential. Her leadership extends to every aspect of real estate, workplace, administrative services, and security globally. Her experience includes leading the strategic direction of corporate real estate activities across markets, developing and maintaining partnerships with senior leadership and establishing corporate real estate guidelines and principles for global organizations. In addition to her long career in commercial real estate, Chapman is a licensed attorney. She serves on the board of directors of CoreNet Global’s New England Chapter and on the editorial board of the Corporate Real Estate Journal. 

 

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. No Sticky Wickets with Akamai
  2. Protecting e-Government Initiatives
  3. What’s in Your e-Wallet?
  4. The Advantages of Speed
  5. Where Have All the Shoppers Gone, Three Seconds Passing

 

Meet the Company That Powers Streaming of Your Favourite Cricket Matches

Gadgets 360

August 1, 2017

 

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that online video consumption has exploded in India over the last 12 to 18 months. First came the launch of Netflix, followed by Amazon Prime Video’s entry, and domestic rivals like Hotstar strengthened their content portfolio over the same time. The real shot-in-the-arm, of course, came when Reliance Jio services were opened to the general public, a move that led to reduction of data costs across the industry, and data consumption increased to the point India is now said to be using more mobile data than any other country.

 

Akamai is a content delivery network that powers between 15 and 20 percent of the Internet’s overall traffic, and it also serves as the backbone of some of the most popular streaming services around, including Hotstar. Gadgets 360 caught up with a host of company executives and we wanted to understand how big India’s streaming market has become.

 

“The way we see things happening in India today, in fact India has become, I would say, the core of doing innovation around OTT space for the world today,” says Sidharth Malik. Managing Director and Vice President at Akamai. “A lot of innovation happening in terms of how media needs to be viewed and delivered on mobile devices through Internet.”

 

(See also: Business World)

 

Prime Time Cyber: is Government Really Match-fit for Massive Online Events?

The Mandarin

August 1, 2017

 

Of course high-traffic government systems are prime targets for hostile actors, as illustrated by attacks on the Bureau of Meteorology confirmed by the Australian Cyber Security Centre and attributed “to a foreign intelligence service.”

 

The trend hasn’t escaped industrial-grade web content distribution providers like Akamai that have spent decades bulletproofing global online events like the FIFA World Cup, Olympic Games as well as the world’s biggest media companies and global brands.

 

“From our extensive work with governments, we are seeing that site-availability is no longer at an acceptable standard. Governments are under pressure from citizens to deliver a singular digital experience — irrespective of the channel or service they are attempting to consume,” says Akamai’s head of government in Australia, Jonathan Schilling.

 

“The experience of using banking or other online services should be identical to the experience of lodging your tax return, submitting Census Data or renewing your licence.”

 

Securing a Cashless Economy*

Economic Times

August 3, 2017

 

The merits and de-merits of the Government’s demonetization move have been discussed at length since the announcement on the 8th of November, 2016. eWallet use surged in the immediate days following the move, and has since tapered off.

 

We, at Akamai, pulled out some data on the traffic that eWallet companies on our platform saw three months prior and three months following November 8th. Between September and December 2016, 94% of attacks were directed to the application layer of mobile wallets with the motive of stealing business-critical data. 76% of attacks in a span of three months, December 2016 to February 2017, were Remote File Inclusion attacks and 17% were SQL Injection attacks.

 

*Authored by Akamai’s Anand Venkatraman, Regional Sales Director, India

 

Facebook Rewards Faster Sites with Higher News Feed Rankings

Net Imperative

August 4, 2017

 

In response, Luca Collacciani, Senior Director, Web Performance, EMEA, Akamai Technologies, explains why this latest development is set to raise the bar for publishers and brands.

 

“It’s no surprise that consumers demand fast loading content – half of mobile users will leave a page altogether if it takes more than three seconds to load,” Collacciani said. “With attention spans only getting shorter, it’s imperative that businesses ensure their site performs as well as it can – otherwise they risk losing engagement, and customers in the process.”

 

“The latest development to Facebook’s newsfeed – favoring content that’s quick to load, and demoting content that isn’t – will create a filter bubble, in which consumers only receive content that’s well optimised. The result? Even shorter attention spans, and a raised bar for businesses.”

 

(See also: Digital Strategy Consulting)

 

Half of the Visitors Leave When the Page Load Time Exceeds by 3 Seconds

Wen Wei Po

August 3, 2017

 

Akamai published the Online Retail Performance report, analyzing the websites efficiency on leading online retailers. According to the search, among half of the consumers will browse some products and services using mobile, but only one-fifth of them will finish the transaction via phone. The report also noted that 53% of visitors will leave the site if the loading time exceeds by 3 seconds and even a delay of 0.1 second can affect users’ participation and profits. Akamai explained how digital experience and reliable web performance defines the success of a company.

 

(See also: Ta Kung Pao)

 

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. Think Expansively, Act Agilely
  2. Mike Smith & the Internet of Everything
  3. Tom Leighton Talks Future Growth with Bloomberg Technology
  4. It’s Like Christmas in July
  5. Securing Digital Assets is no Problem for Akamai

 

Akamai's CIO Fosters a Culture of Expansive Thinking and Agility

Forbes

July 24, 2017

 

Kumud Kalia has been a CIO multiple times over, at Direct Energy, at Qwest Communications, and at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. For nearly six years, he has been the CIO of Akamai Technologies a $2.3 billion global content delivery network services firm.  Kalia is responsible for leading the strategy, development, and operation of the applications and infrastructure that support the company's business operations. As a CIO leading IT at a technology company, in some cases, his team provides guidance of CIO needs and validate the value of the products the company has in development. Moreover, he and his colleagues in IT have developed internal solutions that can be adopted by the end- customer.

 

Among other areas, Kalia attributes his success to developing a culture that embraces expansive thinking and that is agile in its mentality and its approach. Both have been essential as the company has grown tremendously during his tenure, and its needs and demands for IT's services are different and far greater than they were six years ago. We cover all of the above and more in this interview.

 

Internet of Everything: An Exclusive Interview with Akamai

IT Brief Australia

July 26, 2017

 

Michael Smith is the security chief technology officer, Asia Pacific & Japan, at Akamai, a company known for protecting websites, authoritative DNS, and its supporting infrastructure.

 

With 18 years of experience in the IT security and intelligence sector performing security design and engineering, information assurance, web development, and security testing, Smith discusses the role of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Operational Technology (OT) in today's technology landscape, particularly in Australia.

 

(See also: Security Brief Australia)

 

Akamai CEO Expects New Products to Drive Future Growth

Bloomberg Technology

July 26, 2017

 

Tom Leighton, Akamai Technologies Inc.'s chief executive officer, discusses the company's second-quarter earnings and growth prospects with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on "Bloomberg Technology."

 

E-Commerce Secrets to Retail Holiday Success - Part 1*

APM Digest

July 24, 2017

 

Since forever, fourth-quarter holiday sales have been the key to retail success. It was true when retail was strictly bricks-and-mortar, and it is true now when online counts for a bigger and bigger share of holiday sales. Optimizing online web performance is critical to keep and convert customers and achieve success for the holidays and the entire retail year.

 

Recent research from Akamai indicates that website slowdowns as small as 100 milliseconds can significantly impact revenues. Whether on desktop, tablet or mobile, consumers will not tolerate delays. Higher-than-ever expectations for mobile pose challenges.

 

Akamai's The State of Online Retail Performance report lays out the challenges online retailers face. But it also illuminates ideal performance benchmarks that retailers can target to make sure shoppers stick with their sites, explore their offerings, and convert into purchasers.

 

*Authored by Akamai’s Senior Director of Industry Marketing Ari Weil & Akamai’s Chief Strategist for Commerce Jason Miller

 

(See also: APM Digest)

 

Akamai Aims to Secure Digital Assets, in Talks with Government

Economic Times

July 27, 2017

 

US-based Akamai Technologies is eyeing to secure Digital India infrastructure and is in talks with the Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) and Central agencies such as Cert-In and NIC, as well as state governments seeking advisory to set up Cybersecurity centres.

 

“We are in discussions with the policy makers as well as DeitY, Cert-In and NIC to see how can we contribute to Digital India vision and are in touch with some state governments looking at advisory roles to set up Cybersecurity command centres and build their infrastructure,” Akamai Technologies MD & VP Sidharth Malik told ETTelecom.

 

(See also: BGR)

 

BONUS #1:

 

"Ya no hay lugar para almacenar más datos. Hay que desarrollar modelos solo de procesamiento", afirma Federico Dios de Akamai

CSO España

 

CW.- En estos momentos, organizaciones y empresas se encuentran en su gran mayoría inmersos en un proceso de transformación digital en el que las compañías tecnológicas tienen mucho que aportar. ¿Cuál es el papel que juega en este proceso Akamai?

 

Podría llegar a decir que Akamai es una pieza fundamental en el proceso de transformación digital, siempre teniendo en cuenta que nos movemos en el mundo de Internet. Toda la transformación que ocurre dentro  de la propia organización es un mundo un poco más alejado de nuestro foco. No quiero decir que estemos completamente desligados puesto que mucha de la transformación que se produce dentro es porque, en la mayoría de ocasiones, las transformaciones que ocurren lo hacen precisamente por la importancia de contemplar Internet de una  manera diferente. Una manera que es inevitable. En este sentido podría afirmar que hay  dos elementos fundamentales en los que Akamai participa activamente y que, además, es donde mejor ayudamos a nuestros clientes: el primero es garantizar que los servicios que están en Internet se entreguen de manera rápida y fiable desde el punto de vista de estabilidad y disponibilidad; el segundo punto, es justamente la parte de protección que se centra en dotar de la máxima seguridad a esos servicios que están en Internet. No hay que olvidar que la transformación supone el movimiento de muchísimos elementos a la nube lo que provoca una transformación radical del negocio. Por eso las compañías se enfrentan a una realidad totalmente distinta porque el acceso a sus servicios es tan inmediato y tan fácil que su número de clientes puede aumentar significativamente. Me explico, si antes la compañía pensaba que, por ejemplo su público objetivo era uno concreto quizás no necesitaría alguno de estos servicios, pero eso ahora ha cambiado y la realidad ha demostrado que, por ejemplo, un acceso a través del móvil tiene que ser un servicio de alta disponibilidad, fácil acceso e inmediato. Es un servicio crítico.

 

BONUS #2

 

50 VOD Professionals UK 2017 – Results!

Vodkr

July 26, 2017

 

James Taylor

Director of Media Services EMEA, Akamai

 

Streaming to the World

Akamai is the world’s largest cloud delivery platform, with 200,000 servers in over 130 countries, and now delivering 95 exabytes (that’s 95 billion GB) of data a year across billions of devices. Taylor has worked in the Cloud / Content Delivery space for over 10 years and is currently the company’s Senior Product Director for Media Services responsible for regional media products & media strategy in EMEA. Prior to joining Akamai, Taylor worked at Level3 Communications for over 13 years holding a number of roles including Product Marketing director of cloud services in EMEA and director of Vyvx broadcast services in EMEA within the Level3 Video Cloud portfolio. 

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. Breaking Ground in More Ways Than One
  2. There’s a Fine Line Between Delight and Disappointment
  3. Show Us Some Backbone
  4. Reddy or Not
  5. Take Advice from the Leader

 

Akamai CEO Warns of Cybersecurity Threat in 2018 Midterm Elections

Boston Herald

July 18, 2017

 

"Akamai does a ton of work in cybersecurity, protecting web sites and applications and enterprises from really bad attacks,” he said, “so we have a lot of experience and we can help the government so they can better protect themselves.

 

“That was a key part of what we were doing in Washington last month,” Leighton added, “to try to help the government modernize their IT and be more secure.”

 

There are currently multiple criminal and congressional probes of Russia's cyberwarfare campaign during the election, and the heads of the U.S. intelligence agencies have repeatedly warned of the continued threat. 

 

Leighton spoke following the groundbreaking for a new, 19-story global headquarters on Broadway in Cambridge. The 476,000 square-foot building, scheduled to open in December 2019, will house more than 2,000 employees currently housed in six different buildings in Kendall Square.

 

(See also: Boston Herald)

 

Swimming up Stream*

The Australian

July 19, 2017

 

You know that cliche, “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel?” It happens to be true, especially in the digital media delivery industry.

 

That’s because when it comes to streaming video, the ability to provide a high-quality experience can mean the difference between delighting customers or disappointing millions all over the world.

 

*Authored by Akamai’s Media Sales Manager, Matthew Lynn

 

Deep Inside the Internet Backbone

Broadcasting & Cable

July 17, 2017

 

“[Live events] only happen once, and there’s no tolerance for error,” John Bishop, chief technology officer for CDN heavyweight Akamai, said. “Unlike the earlier days of on-demand streaming, when the occasional glitch was accepted, any hiccup in live delivery isn’t an inconvenience to the audience — it’s a disruption.”

 

What Akamai and other CDNs are doing to make live digital video closer to truly “live” is twofold: First, make sure they’re able to ingest the content from its point of origin, as close as possible (with, say, the signal being picked up via a production truck or master control), in order to quickly transcode and deliver across the network. Second, coordinate with client-based software (especially video apps, but also hardware) to more easily communicate with CDNs.

 

“This can help make sure the video is optimized for the viewer’s device capabilities, network type and conditions,” Bishop said.

 

Just 11% video viewership is on OTT: Akamai’s Reddy

Indian Television

July 21, 2017

 

Video viewership is growing at about eight and a half hours a month at present, and is expected to double or triple over the next year. However, 89 per cent of video viewership is on YouTube and Facebook, and only 11 per cent is shared among OTT players in India, according to Akamai Technologies country sales manager Sandeep Reddy.

 

Reddy was the keynote speaker at the Vidnet 2017 organised by indiantelevision.com. The theme of Vidnet 2017 was: Will Indian OTT/SVOD live up to its promise?

 

Revealing more inputs, Reddy said there are 150 million estimated online viewers at a time when the country ‘is in the middle of this revolution’ and this is bound to grow. The current estimate is that 60 to 65 per cent viewers watch online video in 28 Tier-III cities, and deployment is improving but not at the level of Mumbai, Delhi or Bangalore. “There is a challenge of reach,” he said.

 

Companies Should Take Some Advice from the CDN Technology Pioneer before Going Global

FunTechnology

July 14, 2017

 

In recent years, more and more Chinese companies have begun to focus on overseas markets for their future strategic development, while content delivery network is playing a pivotal role in these companies’ go-global journeys.

 

The great market potential of CDN has attracted various cloud computing giants, such as Ali Cloud and Tencent Cloud, to the market, and this made the current market extraordinarily competitive – with a number of strong brands competing and operating in a single market.

 

Facing the complicated and volatile overseas market, what are the challenges Chinese companies need to tackle? How should they ensure both user experience and business sustainability? What are the key roles CDN service providers play in improving user experience abroad? With more competitors entering the market, how is the future development of CDN looking like?

 

For these questions, Akamai shares its insights for the Chinese companies who are set to go global.

 

(See also: SohuBtimeZOLbaijiahaotoutiaoSina)

 

BONUS #1:

 

The Strange Geography of Content Delivery Networks

Increment

July 20, 2017

 

“So you do this analysis,” says Borowsky, “OK who are the teams that are likely to get to the further rounds and when are those games being played during working hours, so that people aren’t at the pub?” Obviously, the further a team gets, the more intense local interest in their progress is likely to be. Less obviously, games after hours were more likely to have been watched on a shared TV using traditional broadcasts, but games during office hours would be streamed in a window on someone’s desktop. Those were the key moments that would test Akamai’s capabilities.

 

BONUS #2:

 

IBC 2017 puts Cyber Security Under the Spotlight

Rapid TV News

July 20, 2017

 

With threat vectors and blankets spreading in to the world of broadcast, IBC 2017 is to host an exclusive event on cybersecurity, aiming to offer insights into threats, the most common risks and how to mitigate them.

 

Part of the new C-Tech Forum, the invitation-only Cyber Security Forum is sponsored by Akamai Technologies, Fortium Technologies and Microsoft. It is inviting chief technology officers, chief information officers, chief information security officers and chief digital officers within media and broadcasting to have an open and candid conversation, with debates and networking sessions. It will also endeavour to show how adopting a good cyber security policy can offer competitive advantages in the marketplace. 

 

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. Are You Threatening Me?
  2. I Feel Nicely Compensated
  3. Document This
  4. Trophy Hacking
  5. Game On!

 

Akamai Delivers Cloud-Based Security, Powered by Smart Algorithms, To Thwart DNS, Malware Attacks

Integration Developer News

July 11, 2017

 

Akamai Technologies, well known for high-performance content delivery over the Internet, is leveraging that knowledge to deliver a high-impact security service from the cloud.

 

Akamai’s Enterprise Threat Protector (ETP) aims to protect against complex targeted threats such as malware, ransomware, phishing and DNS‑based data exfiltration, according to Frank Childs, senior director for product marketing at Akamai’s Enterprise Division.

 

The key to Akamai’s ETP is the company’s many years of expertise in DNS (Domain Name System or Domain Name Servers), which are the heartbeat of the Internet's equivalent of a phone book.

 

Why the Most Innovative Employers are Rethinking Total Compensation

Employee Benefit Advisor

July 13, 2017

 

Sarah Sardella, senior director of global benefits for Akamai Technologies, a digital content delivery company based in Cambridge, Mass., has come to the same conclusion. She says many companies focus on health insurance, which is important, but it doesn’t have to be in the gold-plated category to attract talent.

 

“If we’re going to spend more money, I can take that and spend it on enhanced caregiver benefits,” Sardella says. “Those tend to be something employees respond to.”

 

How Akamai Improved Their API Documentation

ProgramableWeb

July 12, 2017

 

Akamai has made leaps and bounds in its API documentation since its early days. Mike Sierra over at the Akamai Developers blog explains how they improved the accuracy and consistency of their API docs in recent years.

 

In the early days, developer teams were in charge of different parts of the documentation. The result was inconsistent usage of terminology across docs and out-of-date explanations because developers didn’t have the time to update in a timely manner. One of the early major changes Akamai instituted was putting technical writers in charge of documentation and devising (and sticking to) consistent editorial standards.

 

For greater accuracy and consistency of documentation the team made the decision to move to RAML as its API descriptor language. RAML was chosen over Apiary’s Blueprint markdown-based language because RAML can be parsed more easily as a data structure. This made validating content and syncing with source code much easier. Documentation can be generated from these RAML files, which also means API docs can be updated immediately in response to changes in endpoints, data objects etc.

 

Let the Cyber Games Begin: Why Big Events are now Trophy Targets

The Mandarin

July 14, 2017

 

Intelligence and analytics collected by content delivery network and cyber resilience expert Akamai — which has been involved with media and site delivery surrounding the Olympics since 2004 — reveals that cyber has well and truly entered the central arena for sporting events.

  • London’s 2012 Olympics was hammered by substantial cyber attacks both immediately prior to the opening ceremony and on the first day.
  • Just two years later, the Sochi Winter Olympics became an attack focus as geopolitical events unfolded, again culminating with attacks spiking during the most keenly watched events.
  • Brazil, where sport, passion and controversy are rarely separated, featured next with planned and opportunistic assaults during the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and Summer Olympics in 2016 ranging in motivation from patriotism, to protests to phishing.

 

To compound the risk profile further, the sophistication and power of each successive series of assaults on major events has grown substantially on each occasion, making cyber resilience a first tier issue for hosts and organisers alike.

 

In less than a year it will be Australia’s turn.

 

(See also: MediaNamaMediaNama)

 

The 7 Best Launchers to Use for Game Delivery and Updates

Gamasutra

July 13, 2017

 

Rather than simply focusing on delivering the game and allowing for updates to be made easily—much like other game launchers do—Akamai also focuses on the ongoing quality of it all moving forward. Some of the challenges they solve are ever-expanding file sizes, supporting large and sometimes global player bases, and handling periodic demand surges, some of which can be many times the daily average, especially upon first launch. They actively solve problems like long load times, reduced completion rates, and higher support costs.

 

In other words, Akamai is a fantastic solution for game developers who want to do more than just deliver and update their game. The company looks at those things as surface level actions, and focuses on ensuring smooth sails by limiting the different types of problems that tend to arise due to latency, congestion, and bottlenecks. Their Download Delivery system isn’t just about deliver, it’s about being reliable and high performing, being able to deliver over 100MB file-based content over the internet, while maintaining quality standards.

 

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. I Grant You Access
  2. Christmas in July
  3. ETP, easy as 1…2…3
  4. Girls Who Code
  5. How Many Devices do you Have?

 

Evolving Access to Applications*

InfoSecurity

July 4, 2017

 

The growth in mobile computing and BYOD, combined with the steady migration to the cloud, has had a direct impact on where enterprise applications are hosted and the need for them to be accessed easily and securely.

 

Where previously organizations held applications on the corporate network behind a protected perimeter, with access tightly controlled by the IT department, today’s digital ecosystem demands an altogether more rapid, seamless and open approach.

 

An array of hardware and software solutions, including Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs), Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), identity management and application monitoring software have allowed enterprises to deliver application access remotely for over twenty years. Yet this method has limitations and the situation has been further complicated by the security risks inherent with the network architectures that enable remote access to enterprise applications - broad network connectivity can significantly increase an enterprise’s attack surface.

 

*Authored by Akamai’s Product Marketing Manager for Enterprise, Jim Black

 

Mobile Customer Experience: The First Item on a Merchant’s Holiday 2017 Wish List*

Internet Retailer

July 4, 2017

 

Omnichannel retailers and e-commerce merchants know that business performance is a year-round thing. That’s why—even as we’re just entering the dog days of summer—retailers thoughts are (or should be) turning to the holiday 2017 shopping season and, in particular, online and mobile performance.

 

That’s because overall holiday shopping revenues went up four percent in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF), and online sales surged, up some 12.6 percent over the year before.  Customer-first web experiences are table stakes, and “mobile first” isn’t just a trend, it is a thing. And it’s an important thing, because online and mobile shopping performance aren’t just “nice to have;” they are now a business-critical performance issue, with a meaningful impact on revenue. In a society that now considers smartphones essential to daily life, Holiday 2017 will be the “mobile and online” season.

 

*Authored by Akamai’s Chief Strategist for Commerce, Jason Miller

 

Akamai's New Solution to Address 'Intelligence Gap' in DNS Infrastructure

Security Asia

July 5, 2017

 

Akamai Technologies, Inc. has introduced Enterprise Threat Protector, which is designed to provide customers cloud-based protection against the impact of complex targeted threats such as malware, ransomware, phishing and DNS‑based data exfiltration.

 

According to the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a cyber-attack on a company is $9.5 million. And, despite the myriad security solutions currently in use to thwart attacks, malicious actors continue to exploit weaknesses and gaps, resulting in a variety of negative consequences for today’s enterprises. Recursive DNS, a critical but often overlooked part of enterprise infrastructure, can be one of these gaps. Even though a majority of software and clients rely on DNS to communicate with one another, DNS does not have built-in intelligence to determine if a domain being requested by a user is safe or malicious.

 

(See also: Enterprise Channels MEAZeroUnoBonne VieHK SiliconBI KoreaLANLineBusiness MirrorEnterprise IT News)

 

Akamai to Host Girls Who Code

SD Times

July 5, 2017

 

Akamai Technologies will serve as a host company for the Girls Who Code seven-week Summer Immersion Program this year, so rising 11th and 12th grade girls can learn engineering skills, update their resumes and LinkedIn profiles, and participate in a “How the Internet Works” game.

 

“The imbalance in the numbers of women focused on careers in computer science, software development and Internet technologies continues to be one of our industry’s biggest challenges,” said Tom Leighton, CEO at Akamai. “Partnering with Girls Who Code is an important step towards better preparing young women for technology jobs – an investment, we believe, that is vital to the future of technology and innovation.”

 

(See also: THE JournalTelecom RamblingsMinyanville)

 

Akamai Internet of Things Trend Survey

Business Next

July 7, 2017

 

Internet traffic management and cloud service provider Akamai today announced the results of its 2017 Taiwan Internet of Things trend survey and found that 84% of respondents have an average of 6.7 networking devices per person, including smart phones, Tablet PCs, smart watches, etc. And Taiwanese consumers are most concerned with their devices’ data security and privacy protection, followed by the built-in software function, and information sharing.

 

Akamai's survey was conducted in June this year, from a random sampling of 314 Taiwanese people.

 

(See also: UDN)