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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. CLDAP attacks – all a matter of hygiene
  2. Digital transformation – more than meets the eye
  3. Rich Bolstridge – talking about security as a service in Korea
  4. More about the state of the Internet
  5. Channel Security

 

New Breed of DDoS Attack on the Rise

Dark Reading

April 13, 2017

 

Over the years, threat actors have abused a variety of services including DNS, SNMP, and NTP to enable and amplify distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against their targets.

 

A new method that appears to be gaining favor among attackers involves the abuse of Connectionless LDAP, a version of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol that many organizations rely on for directory services such as accessing usernames and passwords from Microsoft's Windows Active Directory.

 

In an advisory Wednesday, content delivery network and cloud services provider Akamai Networks reported encountering and mitigating at least 50 CLDAP reflection-attacks against its customers since last October.

 

(See also: IT World CanadaHelp Net SecurityInfoWorldPoliticoGSNEmerceSecurity LabLinea EDPBoan NewsRedes Zone)

 

Top Considerations for Enabling Digital Transformation Within Financial Services Institutions*

Banca 15

April 10, 2017

 

Many industry experts advise financial services institutions (FSIs) to embrace digital transformation. At the heart of that mandate is the need to satisfy rising customer expectations for fast, secure, always-on services delivered seamlessly across all channels and devices. While it’s important to harness the digital technologies today’s customers turn to — especially when it comes to engaging the millennial generation — FSIs need to optimize web and mobile performance to deliver exceptional end-user experiences.

 

*Authored by Francisco Arnau, Akamai’s Iberia Regional Sales Manager.

 

Akamai Joins as a Major Player in SECaaS

ZD Net Korea

April 13, 2017

 

Already handling about 30% of the world’s internet traffic, leading CDN player Akamai is stressing ‘security’, sending a message of targeting the SECaaS market by leveraging the strengths of its CDN services, with a particular focus on the financial sector in Korea. Rich Bolstridge, Chief Strategist, Financial Services at Akamai Technologies, shared the cyber threat trend in the global financial sector, recent attack cases and related loopholes, as well as the Akamai cloud security technologies that can be adopted in response. Joon-soo Ahn, product marketing manager of Akamai Korea, stated there is a need for enterprises to utilize cloud security solutions while maintaining the role of the initial security systems, stating that cloud security could respond to massive attacks more effectively.

 

(See also: Electronic TimeseDailyChosun)

 

How to deal with slow Internet speeds in financial management

CFO Innovation

April 11, 2017

 

According to the most recent version of content delivery and cloud provider Akamai’s annual State of the Internet report, the global average internet speed, 7 Mbps, has increased 26% over the past year. But while some countries are racing ahead, others are lagging behind.

 

South Korea, with an average connection speed of 26.1 Mbps in the fourth quarter of 2016, was at the top of the stack. That was followed by Norway (23.6 Mbps) and Sweden (22.8 Mbps) at the top of Akamai’s chart. Hong Kong was No. 4, with 21.9 Mbps, with Singapore at 8th place (20.2 Mbps) and Japan in 9th place (19.6 Mbps).

 

The US was ranked 14th, with an average speed of 17.2 Mbps, but with wide variation among states. The UK was ranked 16th, with an average speed of 16.3 Mbps. Yemen came in at the bottom of the list for this quarter, with an average speed of a dismal 1.3 Mbps.

 

In Asia Pacific, the Philippines (4.5 Mbps) has the slowest speed among the larger economies, with India only slightly better at 5.6 Mbps, China at 6.3 Mbps and Indonesia at 6.7 Mbps.

(See also: Wirtschafts WocheCourier-Journal)

 

What is to be done with Security in the Channel?

Computer Weekly

April 11, 2017

 

But while technologies are clearly key, the holistic approach to data security is important too. Dave Lewis, an infosecurity consultant and global security advocate at data delivery optimisation vendor Akamai, said: “Organisations do need help to find what security they're looking for and we need less of the system administrator versus the users approach. The system admin should not be seen as the enemy by the users, stopping them from doing what they need to do, and the users must not be viewed as stupid by the system admin. 

 

“Every person in the organisation should effectively be part of the cybersecurity team, all working together to prevent and mitigate threats.” 

 

 

 

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 SOASTA to the Family
  2. Jason Miller Talks HTTP/2 for Online Retailers
  3. Shane Keats Down Under
  4. Living in the Wild, Wild West
  5. Eliminating the Internet Traffic Jam

 

What the Akamai acquisition of SOASTA means for software development

TechTarget

April 3, 2017

 

Akamai and SOASTA already have 225 shared customers, "and with this acquisition, we think we can give developers a new way to understand what real users are doing when they use an app," Weil said. "And we can provide new ideas on how to optimize or change behavior like updating traffic management or cellular use cases."

 

The Akamai acquisition comes at a time when improving user experience has never been more important. A recent SOASTA survey highlighted the complexities: Just a 100 millionth of a second delay in load times can result in users leaving a site or not making a purchase. Smart use of application performance monitoring (APM) tools can help companies determine where, what and how their software is underperforming, but all that data can lead to the bigger problem of overwhelmed analysts and testers who don't know where to begin to make the fixes.

 

(See also: Digital News AsiaComputerworld EspañaPanoramaChannel NewsSiliconJDTICT BusinessBit MatIT Brief New ZealandTech NewsEngageTech From the NetDutch CowboysET TodayC114TechTargetCIO Peru)

 

How can HTTP/2 improve results for online retailers?

Internet Retailer

April 2, 2017

 

In today’s web, consumers interact with websites on many different devices and connection types such as 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi. Consumers’ expectations for site performance continue to set the bar higher and no matter the device or network, waiting more than a few seconds for a page to load is unacceptable.

 

HTTP/2 (h2) aims to improve this experience.

 

What is HTTP/2?

HTTP/2 is the newest version of HTTP, a network protocol that stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. HTTP is one of the foundations of data communication on the web and has been in use for more than 20 years. So, whether you realize it or not, each time you open your browser and view a web page, you are using it in the background.

 

*Authored by Akamai’s Chief Strategist of Commerce Jason Miller

 

WATCH: Mediaweek TV*

Mediaweek

April 4, 2017

 

Shane Keats, Akamai’s Director of Industry Marketing, Media and Entertainment, sat down with Sky News Business to discuss how local and international OTT and VOD providers have created a fierce battleground in Australia, and what it takes to be victorious.

 

*Fast forward to the 12:00 minute mark

 

How to survive in the Wild West of the Internet of Things

The Mandarin

April 4, 2017

 

Technologists see effective protection from IoT as requiring a combination of technological controls and outcomes-based risk assessments. Both are based on the idea that, for now, the IoT endpoint is a lost cause.

 

“There is a rush by vendors to add features and delete cost – and the byproduct is that a lot of IoT devices have been released without any meaningful security controls,” explains Nick Rieniets, senior security specialist for Asia Pacific and Japan with infrastructure provider Akamai Technologies. “So if you’ve got a security camera on your network and you can’t change the password to that camera, it’s going to get infected.”

 

The Internet Touches Thousands of Kilometres of Cables

Corriere della Sera Innovazione

April 6, 2017

 

Despite the efforts, however, the crowding became palpable. "The fact is that the Internet was not designed to handle today’s amount, or quality, of content,” explains Alessandro Livera, country manager for Akamai, Italy. “For example, because of packet loss along the way, it can take 13-14 seconds for content to travel from Milan to New York. However, by using traffic routes based on algorithms designed for different uses, that time can be dramatically reduced. Companies like ours are putting content as close as possible to the customer.” 

 

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 + SOASTA = Better Business Outcomes
  2. We got to Rock at the Government Forum
  3. Akamai Media Acceleration Accelerates Media
  4. Security can’t be an Afterthought
  5. Tell us about 4K, Ian Munford

 

Akamai is Buying Performance Analytics Vendor SOASTA

Internet Retailer

March 29, 2017

 

Akamai Technologies Inc., one of the largest e-retail content delivery network and security providers, is purchasing performance analytics vendor SOASTA Inc. Akamai did not disclose the purchase price, but says the all-cash transaction is expected to close early in the second quarter.

 

Akamai says the acquisition will give Akamai customers greater visibility into the business impact of their website and app performance.

 

With the acquisition, Akamai plans to enable its customers to measure how consumers experience their apps and sites and how that shapes their behavior. This will help Akamai clients prioritize performance optimization strategies, Akamai says. Using SOASTA technology, Akamai customers also will be able to test improvements before going live and measure results after implementing changes.

 

(See also: Silicon Valley Business Journal, ZD Net Japan, Telecompaper, e-Zone, Channel Biz España, Dutch IT Channel, Computable, Capacity, Economic Times, APM Digest, Web Host Industry Review, BGR, ZD Net, Advanced Television, Gadgets Now, FinSMEs, Gizmodo India, Rapid TV News)

 

Traditional Defenses Can’t Keep Up With Modern Adversaries, Akamai CEO Says

MeriTalk

March 28, 2017

 

Due to the speed and sophistication of modern hackers along with increasing demands on government networks, traditional methods of cyber defense aren’t enough to protect agency data, according to Akamai CEO Tom Leighton.

 

“The traditional defenses that you would employ in data centers simply can’t keep up,” said Leighton, explaining that modern attacks can work at terabits of data a second, a speed that will soon become just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Leighton told the audience at the Akamai Government Forum on Tuesday that because the “edges” of the Internet, such as computers and phones, have approximately 70 times more capacity than the data centers and service providers at the core of the Internet, hackers can exploit that edge capacity to overwhelm and shut down major core systems. This is the basis for why so many distributed denial of service attacks are so effective.

 

(See also: Government Technology, Executive Gov, MeriTalk, CIO, Federal News Radio, MeriTalk, MeriTalk, Network World, MeriTalk, MeriTalk)

 

Akamai Improves OTT Experiences with Media Acceleration Capabilities

Sports Video Group

March 28, 2017

 

Akamai Technologies announced the availability of Akamai Media Acceleration, which is designed to improve viewing experiences for over-the-top (OTT) video consumers and accelerate video game and other software downloads. Media Acceleration marks a significant milestone in the evolution of Akamai’s content delivery capabilities in moving to a consumer-centric approach to online video and software distribution. Technology is integrated directly into consumer applications to optimize the experience for each individual end user. 

 

(See also: Multichannel News, CommsMEA, The Daily Tribune, Business Mirror, TechBeat)

 

Security is an Afterthought for Most IoT Device Manufacturers – Akamai*

IT Watch IT

March 29, 2017

 

There is an overwhelming number of new devices that are coming online which have been built with the lowest costs. Most of the devices are not necessary, but they still have a powerful machine inside that can take pictures and upload them to the internet. They are connected to the internet, but have been manufactured at the lowest cost possible. There is very little security at the developmental stage because this involves hiring security professionals and paying them to test the products.

 

We will see more of these consumer devices come out, with no inbuilt security. In any kind of development project, it is better to have security baked in at the start since it will cost you much more to tack it on later. For big software companies, they have security added to their products from the start, because their customers demand it. For IoT device manufacturers, it is not strictly necessary since most of the consumers don’t even care.

 

* A conversation with Akamai’s Vice President, Web Security, Josh Shaul

 

The State of 4K and HDR 2017

Streaming Media

March 30, 2017

 

“Today’s 4K OTT levels are small but rapidly growing,” reports Ian Munford, EMEA director of product enablement and marketing, media services for Akamai. “Clearly there are a range of on-demand 4K movies available through various SVOD streaming services, but we are seeing many more live streaming events, particularly sports, taking advantage of online 4K delivery.”

 

“If you can’t reliably ingest a live 4K video stream into a CDN, you can’t deliver a high-quality viewing experience,” explains Munford. “Likewise, if you can’t stream live 4K video consistently without buffering, then the viewer experience will be dreadful. Traditional streaming technologies use TCP as a transport protocol. This was designed to ensure reliability, but not deliver high-bitrate video, where bottlenecks in the internet may impact quality of experience.”

 

BONUS:

 

Federal 100: Tom H. Ruff

Federal Computer Week

March 30, 2017

 

It’s Akamai’s job to defend government systems, and it does so for all branches of the military and most Cabinet-level agencies. Ruff, however, brought a new tool to the table: the crowdsourced vulnerability-testing approach that evolved into “Hack the Pentagon.” The Defense Department’s bug bounty experiment identified scores of vulnerabilities for a fraction of what traditional penetration testing would have cost. Akamai’s experience with its own program helped shape the effort, and DOD has since awarded contracts to conduct similar initiatives across the military services.

 

 

 

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!

 

Special this week! 

 

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Additional highlights include:

  1. Better OTT with Akamai Media Acceleration
  2. Tell us why cloud-based security makes sense, Tom Ruff
  3. Tom Leighton’s journey from professor to CEO
  4. It’s March, so we’re all mad about streaming sports
  5. The Internet keeps getting faster

 

Akamai Launches Media Acceleration to Boost OTT Viewing Experiences

VideoNuze

March 21, 2017

 

Akamai has launched Akamai Media Acceleration, a new content delivery technology which boosts the quality of over-the-top video, as well speeds up video game and software downloads. In a briefing, Alex Balford, senior product marketing manager, media, told me that Media Acceleration was developed in order for Akamai customers to deliver broadcast TV quality OTT experiences to viewers, whose expectations continue to rise. 

 

Vimeo has been using Media Acceleration in its beta period and has already seen improvements across 3 key performance indicators: an increase in the percentage of HD plays, reduction in start time and reduction in buffering. Naren Venkataraman, Vimeo’s VP, Engineering, told me that the reduction in start time is particularly critical because this directly correlates to lower abandonment, which of course translates into better viewer satisfaction and monetization.

 

(See also: Streaming MediaB&TVideoNetTechno BuffaloAsian JournalSiliconPubblicita ItaliaBitMatBusiness MirrorEmerceMillecanaliNetwork World EspañaRapid TV NewsBroadcast ProDigital TV NewsVideo InkAdvanced TelevisionVenture BeatSilicon AngleChannel Post

 

7 reasons why cloud-based security makes sense*

Government Computer News

March 22, 2017

 

The 1996 denial of service attack on New York internet service provider Panix first alerted organizations to security threats online. The threat landscape has changed dramatically since then, however. Starting at the network layer and moving to applications, the range of possible attack vectors continues to expand with no end in sight. Legacy security solutions are no longer as effective, and on-premises hardware can lack sufficient scale and performance to protect internet-facing application infrastructures as they grow. As government agencies move more of their operations online, they need a cloud-based security solution that can defend their websites and other internet-facing applications, safeguard business and customer data and protect their brand image.

 

Cloud-based security solutions provide a new approach to detecting and mitigating security threats. Here, agencies deploy a third-party cloud platform in front of their private infrastructure and inline between remote users and their websites and applications. The cloud security provider can examine network traffic for known attack patterns and pass only legitimate traffic through to the application. This allows the solution to stop attacks in the cloud before they reach the target agency’s data center or applications.

 

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

 

(See also: Executive BizFederal Time’s Fifth Domain Cyber)

 

Delivering 30% of global Internet traffic, mathematics professor turned into a great commander on the Internet

Business Today Taiwan

March 23, 2017

 

Co-founder of Akamai, the global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, Dr. Tom Leighton shared his story of how he stepped out of his academic comfort zone, to create Akamai, and change the history of the Internet.
 
With more than 216,000 servers across over 120 countries, Akamai makes it possible for web pages to load within seconds, and hot topics related to Internet speeds and cyber-security are core to the business. Akamai is responsible for the delivery of more than 30% of global Internet traffic, delivering daily web traffic over 30 Terabits per second. Akamai's quarterly State of the Internet Report is a trusted Internet whitepaper.
 
The birth of the Internet greatly influenced the establishment of Akamai. Mr. Leighton and his students believed algorithms could be the solution to avoid Internet congestion and established Akamai to prove their idea. After the success of online broadcasting and delivering the trailer for Star Trek, among several other important events, Akamai was viewed as a future star, winning the brand numerous investment and strategic partners such as Apple.

 

Streaming Sports: All Signs Point to a Continued Full Court Press 

CableFax

March 23, 2017

 

It’s clear from the skyrocketing number of viewers watching NCAA Division I tourney online that streaming of live sports is only going up from here. NCAA March Madness Live app, managed by Turner Sports in partnership with CBS Sports and the NCAA, generated an all-time record 69.1mln live streams through the first Sunday of the tournament, an increase of +24% over last year. 

 

TV has set the benchmark for streaming, Akamai CTO John Bishop told CFX. “There’s always been that 45-60 second behind line. That’s just been kind of the nature of the Internet. When you look at why, it’s largely because the pieces were fragile and immature in the supply chain. Every little element that was touching a lot of the bits created its own little safety net—and safety net in our world means buffer,” Bishop said, adding that as Akamai has expanded its investments the system has become more cohesive.

 

Global Internet Connection Speeds Climbing, Akamai Says

Web Host Industry Review

March 22, 2017

 

The global average connection speed increased by 26 percent to 7.0 Mbps in 2016, capped by a 12 percent increase in Q4, according to the Fourth Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report from Akamai.

 

The adoption rates for the various broadband tiers Akamai tracks were also strong over the past year, with 4 Mbps connections increasing 15 percent, and connections of 10, 15, and 25 Mbps all increasing between 31 and 45 percent year over year, respectively. Global and regional disparity remained similar to previous quarters, with average mobile connection speeds ranging from a high of 26.8 Mbps in the UK to 2.9 Mbps in Venezuela.

 

(See also: PC TechTechnology DecisionsSun LiveMy BroadbandQ Tech Costa RicaLemagBerliner Morgen Post)

 

BONUS #1:

Akamai Driving the Digital Division of the Espresso Group to innovation

BitMat

March 23, 2017

 

Elemedia, the digital division of the Espresso Group, has chosen Akamai Ion and Media Service Live to support their commitment to editorial innovation. Elemedia manages all Espresso Group properties across all digital access platforms, including web, mobile, tablet, smart TV and native apps. Among the digital properties are the news site Repubblica.it and its nine local editions, the web sites of 13 local newspapers of the Espresso and the Republic TV Platform Group.  

 

Using Akamai solutions, Elemedia is able to ensure the distribution of quality online content on any device and on the whole national territory, guaranteeing excellent performance, the best possible user experience and the management of traffic spikes. Without expensive infrastructure investments, Elemedia effectively managed unexpected traffic surges up to 9 million unique users per day, keeping availability at 100%. Thanks to Akamai , the Espresso Group also achieved the goal of being the first publisher to test the impact of the HTTP / 2 protocol with its performance significantly higher compared to HTTP.

 

(See also: Advertiser.itEngageToday DigitalIctBusiness.itMediaKey.tvLineaEDPPubblicità ItaliaImpresaCityBrandNewsDataMediaHub)

 

 

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. How fast is fast?
  2. Helping the public sector prepare for cyber threats
  3. Isn’t it Ion-ic
  4. Keeping the mobile enterprise safe
  5. Public sector in the cloud

 

Global Average Internet Connection Speed Rises 26 Percent in 4Q16

Enterprise Networking Planet

March 9, 2017

 

Akamai Technologies' Fourth Quarter 2016 State of the Internet Report was released on March 8, providing insight into the latest trends of global internet connectivity.

 

In particular, Akamai identified a growing global trend for broadband connectivity of 25 Mbps, with 10 percent of all connections to Akamai's global platform in 4Q16, up by 45 percent on a year-over-year basis.

 

"Internet connection speeds continued to show positive long-term trends around the world, with particularly strong year-over-year increases across all broadband adoption metrics,” David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report, said in a statement.

 

(See also: India TodaySAMENA TelecommunicationsMedianamaMyBroadbandTech2IT Business EdgeChannel News AustraliaITWireTV TechnologyDigital News AsiaNewsbytes PhilippinesCableFaxSwedish WireAdvanced TelevisionIB TimesGadgets NowNDTVHuffington PostTrue Viral NewsIndia TimesLowyatTelecompaperDot EmiratesManila TimesNewsRABS-CBNProkeraiaGold Coast BulletinFree Malaysia TodayIT WireTechnology DecisionsGizmodoLifehackerGood Gear GuideCEDTelecompetitorBroadcasting & CableBusiness MirrorYugaTechTelecomLeadISPreviewANSAHandelsblattSvenska DagbladetRedes Telecom)

 

Survey indicates federal employees see their agencies becoming more resilient as cyberattack threat grows

Government Security News

March 9, 2017

 

“Government has been doing a great job in making cybersecurity a priority,” said Tom Ruff, the vice president for Akamai’s Public Sector-Americas division who helped analyze the survey’s results. “Agencies are prepared as much as they can be, given the rapidly evolving landscape.”

 

Ruff has more than 30 years of experience in IT, having held numerous executive positions in Fortune 500 companies before becoming Akamai’s leader in selling IT and cybersecurity solutions to government agencies.

 

While most employees feel good about their department’s resiliency, they also indicated there are a few areas for improvement. Most notably, employees are concerned about an overreliance on internal IT offices to handle attacks, and they’re also not sure what they need to do during an attack.

 

Akamai announces new capabilities of Ion

Networks Asia

March 9, 2017

 

Akamai Technologies, Inc. has unveiled several major advances that are intended to help solve key mobile performance challenges.

 

The latest version of Akamai Ion, the company’s flagship Web Performance Solution, is designed to make it easier than ever to deliver compelling online experiences by leveraging the company’s new learning engine-based optimizations.

 

Akamai will also enable developers to deliver near instant mobile app experiences by using its new software development kit (SDK).

 

(See also: Customer Management InsightsIT ProHK IT DiscussionCanales TI)

 

Protecting the enterprise against mobile threats

CSO

March 10, 2017

 

The device itself is one reason the mobile threat landscape is changing directions, said Josh Shaul, vice president of web security at Akamai. "How does that thing in the conference room turn into a covert listening device accessing my intellectual property and everything else?"

 

When users load that game onto their phone, they are giving access to the camera, microphone, calendar, and contacts without thinking about what they are loading onto the phone.

 

"The outlier is who we worry about," Shaul said. "Folks put bad software on there that can be used to spy on people through their mobile devices. It's not hard to do that particularly when they overtly ask for and are granted permission."

 

Federal Websites Can Score Better by Moving to Cloud

MeriTalk

March 9, 2017

 

David Yoon, senior director of the public sector for Akamai Technologies, said that some companies have trouble meeting FedRAMP standards because they don’t have the resources to get certified or they don’t see the benefit of certification because some agencies still don’t enforce the program.

 

(See also: FedScoop)

 

BONUS:

 

The 7 most relevant trends that emerged at GDC 2017

Hardware Upgrade

March 10, 2017

 

"Akamai is working within the industry of video games for at least 12 years," said Nelson Rodriguez, Director, Games Industry Marketing at Akamai at GDC. "We work with the biggest producers and with many other small producers. Today, to deliver larger files more and more consistent in all parts of the world, really need very large infrastructure. But it is emerging a second major challenge inherent in the ' acceleration in the spread of content viewed in real time. And finally, there are different types of security-related issues. Another our biggest concern is ensuring the video game companies that all transmissions occur in the most computationally secure environments possible."

 

Another very important challenge for Akamai is to adapt its technologies based on the different conditions of the networks in the various parts of the world. Anticipate what may be the condition of connections in terms of unpredictable performance spike is crucial to maintain a high level of user satisfaction, in a sector plus very delicate from this point of view as gaming. Especially for multiplayer games, in fact, it is necessary for the delivery of files occurs in an immediate and very fast, and that the game experience is always guaranteed.

 

 

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. Launching Akamai into the Ion-osphere
  2. Quality is job one
  3. Protecting the web, one retailer at a time
  4. Don’t be the weakest link
  5. Streaming music’s biggest night
  

FierceCable
February 28, 2017
 
Amid Netflix’s pledge to eradicate buffering, CDN provider Akamai Technologies is taking steps to improve video performance on mobile devices.
 
Akamai is introducing new features for its Ion Web performance platform that are designed to improve mobile video experiences.
 
The new changes to the platform will use the Akamai’s new learning engine-based optimizations and a new SDK to improve mobile app experiences.
 
The new version of Ion will feature automated performance optimization including something the company calls "Adaptive Acceleration," which is designed to automatically determine the optimal time to push content and pre-connect to third-party resources.
 
The new Mobile App Performance SDK will allow developers to pre-position content for more consistent experiences across varying network conditions. And Akamai’s SureRoute for Cellular is promising to help alleviate congestion and latency in last mile networks.
 

VideoEdge
February 28, 2017
 
The notion of video quality means different things to different people, covering a subjective spectrum so broad that “good” to one person could actually be deemed “bad” by another. In an effort to formally identify what key factors affect video quality, Akamai commissioned a survey of more than 350 managers at direct-to-consumer (DTC) video service providers. If you had any reservations about how seriously these professionals take quality, respondents overwhelmingly indicated they consider it the most important factor affecting their service. 
 
But what exactly makes for good or bad streaming video quality? Part of the survey asked that respondents list the top three factors they feel most affect video quality. We ranked the responses below to create a top five list of the most prominent offenders.
 
*Authored by Akamai’s Director of Global Product Marketing Noreen Hafez Ayan
 

Internet Retailer
February 27, 2017
 
Cyber attacks during Thanksgiving week were slower than expected, but some retailers suffered from significant attacks timed for the holidays, according to the recently released “State of the Internet/Security” report from Akamai Technologies Inc.
 
“The biggest sales season of the year usually signals a marked increase in the number of attacks for all customers, especially retailers,” says Martin McKeay, senior editor of the Akamai report and senior security advocate. “Many merchants breathed a sigh of relief at not being attacked during their most important shopping days. [But] that’s not to say everyone got off without some stress.”
 
(See also: PC QuestPYMNTSDZoneDaily Secu)
 

MeriTalk
February 27, 2017
 
People, not new systems, are the single most consistent impediment to improving cybersecurity practices, according to R.H. Powell, senior director of security services at Akamai Technologies.
 
In an interview with MeriTalk, Powell stated that employee training is the best remedy for addressing gaps in cybersecurity. Powell, who will be speaking at the Akamai Government Forum on March 28, compared security to soccer, stating the team’s weakest player can determine the team’s overall performance.
 
“Agencies need to focus on training and security practices. Security is a weak link game and our weakest link is the human link,” Powell said. “Agencies need to do it in a way that’s innovative and make sure they get the right people. It starts with training.”
 

Advanced Television
March 2, 2017
 
The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Live online programming, the official companion to the recent 59th GRAMMY Awards television broadcast, leveraged Akamai Technologies, a global player in content delivery network (CDN) services, to offer viewers a unique, immersive digital experience on Music’s Biggest Night. Akamai helped The Recording Academy successfully deliver the evening’s coverage while meeting its goal of live streaming the video at higher quality than ever before using Akamai’s Media Services Live solutions.
 

BONUS:
 
Invent.org
February 24, 2017
 
The National Inventors Hall of Fame, in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will host the Greatest Celebration of American Innovation on May 3-4 in Washington DC.  Events will recognize and celebrate 15 pioneers (including Tom Leighton and Danny Lewin) who have significantly contributed to society through their scientific breakthroughs and patented innovations.
 
*Watch video embedded within the link for more on Tom and Danny

 

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. Attack of the 517Gbps DDoS
  2. Winning the Game
  3. Surviving a Hack
  4. What’s New in Web Security?
  5. Speeding around the Beltway

 

Today's leading causes of DDoS attacks

ZD Net

February 22, 2017

 

Last fall, we saw the biggest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack ever. This year, we'll see even bigger ones. According to Akamai's latest State of the Internet Security report, here's what's behind them.

 

First, you should know that while the total DDoS attacks only increased by 4 percent from Q4 2015 to Q4 2016, there was a 140-percent increase in attacks greater than 100Gbps. In short, we're not seeing that many more DDoS assaults, but they are getting much worse.

 

(See also: BGRMy BroadbandBusiness WorldTelecom AsiaDeccan ChronicleBangkok PostData Manager OnlineThe Asian AgeNZZCIO Latin AmericaCIO FranceHerald SunUnoceroImpresacityLemonde InformatiqueLeggoChannel BizMundo ContactPC WorldIl Sole)

Friction hurts, especially in gaming*

 

Venture Beat

February 21, 2017

 

You’ve probably seen a long list of complaints from players, and it might even drive you to say, “If I can’t keep them all happy, what’s the point?” But some concerns deserve your attention, and most of those fall into a single theme.

 

In a word: friction.

 

Friction is anything that prompts your player to leave your game and look elsewhere.

Friction costs you money, now and down the line. Players rejecting your game might reject your entire studio.

 

Players responding to an EEDAR (Electronic Entertainment Design and Research) survey ranked game-breaking bugs, corrupted saves, and laggy connections as their top three frictions. More than 40 percent of players who felt friction left the game. Not good.

 

*Authored by Akamai’s Director, Games Industry Marketing, Nelson Rodriguez

 

Response planning is key to surviving a hack

MeriTalk

February 20, 2017

 

Roger Barranco, director of global security operations at Akamai, said agencies and organizations should structure their most critical machines and systems into tiers of importance so that resources can be correctly allocated in the event of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

 

“The best way to defend against DDoS is to be prepared in advance,” said Barranco. “The easiest thing to start with is understanding your fallback plan.”

 

Akamai Technologies unveil web security solutions portfolio

Dataquest

February 24, 2017

 

Akamai Technologies has unveiled both a new product, Web Application Protector, and important new capabilities in its existing Kona Site Defender solution. Together, the new product and enhanced capabilities are intended to provide online businesses with a choice of tools that can be used to defend against an ever changing threat landscape. Web Application Protector is designed to provide customers with low-touch and virtually maintenance-free protection from DDoS and web application attacks. The enhancements in Kona Site Defender are focused on providing greater protection for attacks targeted at Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

 

(See also: C114CTI ForumCD NewsD DailySinaSilicon Week)

 

Capital gains: DC again ranks best for U.S. Internet speed

IT Business Net

February 24, 2017

 

From small-town America to the nation's most populous places, commerce, education and entertainment rely on high-speed Internet. For the second consecutive year, the Internet Providers staff has examined data on Internet connectivity and security, and especially speed.

 

How does last year's fastest community rank this time around? How is the United States trending for global Internet speed? See where your state ranks, and read about initiatives to bring fast Internet to more people and more places.

 

Cloud services provider Akamai tracks connection speeds nationwide, and Washington DC has now placed first for 2 years in a row. Treating DC as a state, the study discovered web subscribers there have an average speed of 22.47Mbps. That puts the nation's capital atop the list for Internet speed for the second consecutive year. Akamai's study covers Internet connectivity and security. DC registers 3Mbps faster than second-place Delaware (19.57). Massachusetts (19.39), Rhode Island (19.37), and Maryland (18.58) round out the top 5. Utah (18.45) dropped out of the top 5, to sixth. Rounding out the top 10: New Jersey (18.11), Virginia (17.87), New York (16.84) and Washington (16.84). The report also includes data on average and top speeds in 10 countries. It shows the U.S. (15.22) second to Japan (in Internet speeds, 17.2). The United Kingdom (14.63), Canada (13.41) and Russia (11.77) rank 3-5. Of the 10 nations studied, India still lags behind with 3.73Mbps.

 

(See also: Philstar Global BusinessThe InquirerBusiness World)

 

 

 

 

 

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. Battlebots
  2. Cricket peaks on Hotstar
  3. Getting smart about IoT
  4. Small business, big challenge
  5. Bank on Akamai

 

Battle of the botnets: My zombie horde's bigger than yours

The Register

February 14, 2017

 

DDoS attacks more than doubled in the last quarter of 2016 compared to the sam period the year before.

 

Although the infamous Mirai IoT botnets accounted for many of the most severe attacks, the biggest single assault came from a different zombie network, according to a new study by Akamai out Tuesday.

 

Martin McKeay, senior security advocate and senior editor at Akamai, commented: "Perhaps the attackers in control of Spike felt challenged by Mirai and wanted to be more competitive. If that's the case, the industry should be prepared to see other botnet operators testing the limits of their attack engines, generating ever larger attacks."

 

(See also: Computer WeeklyLiveMintIndia TodayEnterprise ChannelsThe Financial ExpressProkeralaTechnology DecisionsIOT EvolutionCEDRadio WorldPost Online MediaAdvanced TelevisionCapacitySputnik InternationalThe CyberSecurity PlaceRethink ResearchElectronics WeeklyeWeekThe InquirerGovernment Security MagazineNeowinTrak.inSC MagazineBGRGraffio TechXboxOneZoneZee News)

 

Cybersecurity and the New 'Adequate'

Bank Info Security

February 16, 2017

 

The threat landscape for financial institutions has changed considerably since the DDoS attacks of 2012. Rich Bolstridge of Akamai Technologies tells how the definition of "adequate cybersecurity" has also shifted.

 

In a video interview at RSA Conference 2017, Bolstridge discusses:

  • The evolution of the financial threat landscape;
  • What "adequate" security is today;
  • The unique security challenges facing community institutions.

 

(See also: Boston Business Journal)

 

What’s Stopping Education IoT?

eCampus News

February 15, 2017

 

The proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices is on a steady rise. Analysts predict that from now through 2020, the number of connected “things” will grow from 13.5 billion units to 38.5 billion units, a growth of over 285 percent.

 

While many people think of consumer devices, like smart TVs and thermostats, as making up the bulk of IoT devices, their role in education should not be overlooked. More and more, everything on a campus is connected to the Internet. And, just as IoT connected devices are improving consumers’ lives, enterprises’ business and public sector organizations’ services, IoT could benefit the entire education ecosystem in numerous ways.

 

Byline authored by Akamai’s Tom Ruff.

 

What can small businesses do to fight data theft?

ABS-CBN

February 17, 2017

 

Recent leaks of personal information, such as the unprecedented breach on the country's voter database last year, have highlighted the importance of online security, especially for businesses regardless of their size.

 

What can small businesses do if faced with a data breach? According to Akamai’s Michael Smith, APJ Security chief technology officer, time is essential.

 

“The first step in a data breach is always to stop the attack. Minutes are important,” he told ABS-CBN News in an e-mail.

 

Online sports viewership in India reaches a new high

Gizmodo

February 13, 2017

 

On January 19th, Hotstar made a new online viewership record. It streamed the second ODI of the India-England series to more than 25 million users, which accounted for most of the internet traffic from India that day. 

 

“Globally, the smartphone is becoming a key instrument to viewing live sporting events. We saw a significant majority of users accessing content via mobile for this ODI between India and England, making it the largest audience for a sporting event on the Akamai Platform, in Asia. Hotstar is truly leading the change in this paradigm shift in India, and we are proud to partner with Hotstar to bring new features and innovations to provide an unparalleled end user experience,” said Parimal Pandya, Vice President, Media, APJ, Akamai Technologies.

 

(See also: PC MagDNA IndiaTV News 4U)

 

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. Discussing the quarter and the year with Tom Leighton
  2. Making the web safer with Akamai
  3. Akamai continues making records
  4. Great recognition for public sector
  5. Martin McKeay is very popular

 

Cloud Security Helps Akamai's Growth

Bloomberg Technology

February 8, 2017

 

Akamai Technologies CEO Tom Leighton discusses the company's earnings and new products for cyber security with Caroline Hyde on "Bloomberg Technology." 

 

(See also: The StreetBNNCNBCCNBC)

 

Akamai introduces a new product and announces new capabilities for Kona Site Defender

Government Security News

February 9, 2017

 

The introduction of Web Application Protector makes available important protection for web properties against attacks, without requiring increasingly scarce security personnel or expensive security services to configure or maintain protection. Web Application Protector includes rules that are updated continuously by Akamai to protect customer sites without requiring customer intervention or approval.

 

Further, as APIs deliver an increasing percentage of Internet traffic, and are a crucial component of delivering native mobile applications, Akamai has bolstered its flagship web security solution, Kona Site Defender, with new API protections. These new capabilities are designed to protect individual APIs against exploits of known vulnerabilities such as SQL injection as well as Denial of Service by an excessive rate of calls and slow POSTs

 

(See also: TelecompaperOutlook SeriesTelecom RamblingsSilicon ItalyLinea EDPCSO EspañaChannel Biz EspañaLAN LineEmerceEl Mundo Financiero)

 

Trump swear-in sets record for live video streaming of news

Enterprise Innovation

February 7, 2017

 

Video streaming coverage of the 2017 presidential inauguration in the United States is the largest single live news event that Akamai Technologies has delivered, the company said.

 

Live video streaming of the inauguration peaked at 8.7 Tbps on the Akamai Platform at 12:04 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, January 20, during the opening of the President Donald Trump's speech.

 

This exceeded the previous record of 7.5 Tbps set during Election Day coverage on the evening of November 8, 2016.

 

(See also: TelecomAsia)

 

Announcing the 2017 Fed 100

Federal Computer Week

February 7, 2017

 

Hundreds of nominations were submitted, and our panel of judges debated for hours. The result? A list of 100 women and men that should make even the most hardened skeptics optimistic about what's possible in federal IT.

 

It's a tremendous privilege to be able to sift through all these stories. The pool of nominations provides a great survey of the work done throughout the community in 2016, and there are many more outstanding individuals than even a list of 100 can accommodate. (One judge remarked this year that she wished we had the Fed 200! That's not likely to happen, but it does speak to the depth of talent across the federal IT community.)

Tom W. Ruff

Vice President, Public Sector
Akamai Technologies

 

Threat Report 2017: New Dangers and the American Tech to Beat Them

Popular Mechanics

February 6, 2017

 

Martin McKeay, senior security advocate at Akamai, a Cloud service provider

What worries him: The weak-to-nonexistent security of Internet of Things devices—smartphones, refrigerators, baby monitors, etc.—and the potential expansion of these attacks to medical devices.

 

Why: "Hackers use hard-coded usernames and passwords to load code into the memory on IoT devices. Simply shutting down and rebooting the device is the easiest way to get rid of the infection, but when you turn the devices on again, you may find they are soon re-infected with Mirai. These devices shouldn't be directly connected to the internet in the first place. They should all be behind a firewall. [If someone were to] make a worm and let it loose in a hospital and it could target insulin pumps or heart defibrillators, you could kill people."

 

 

 

 

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. When Nelson Rodriguez talks, gamers listen
  2. Dealing with a (Word) pressing issue
  3. Necessity is the mother of invention
  4. Access granted
  5. Tom Leighton in the Land Down Under

 

Running an online gaming service? Then a CDN might make all the difference

MCV

February 2, 2017

 

Akamai is one of those companies that keep the internet running smoothly – without it gamers simply wouldn’t get today’s slick online experience. Marketing director for gaming Nelson Rodriguez tells MCV about his work with big publishers, how gaming is changing, and discusses game streaming R&D and AR security.

 

Wordpress 0-day content injection vulnerability*

CSO

February 1, 2017

 

Today news broke of a particularly nasty zero day vulnerability in the Wordpress REST API. The vulnerability in this case would allow for content injection as well as privilege escalation. This vulnerability would allow an unauthenticated interloper to modify basically any content that they would see fit. Posts, pages, all fair game. This is anything but a small issue and from what I’ve read thus far, trivial to exploit by an attacker…

 

Wordpress has posted more information pertaining to 4.7.2 and my day job, Akamai, has a post on this as well. Now be sure to strap in as it is going to be a bumpy ride for the next few days.

*Authored by Akamai Senior Security Advocate David Lewis

 

(See also: SC MagazineZD NetThe WHIRCSO AustraliaZD Net Belgium)

 

Professor Tom Leighton and Danny Lewin SM ’98 named to National Inventors Hall of Fame

MIT News

February 2, 2017

 

Is the Internet old or new? According to MIT professor of mathematics Tom Leighton, co-founder of Akamai, the internet is just getting started. His opinion counts since his firm, launched in 1998 with pivotal help from Danny Lewin SM ’98, keeps the internet speedy by copying and channeling massive amounts of data into orderly and secure places that are quick to access. Now, the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) has recognized Leighton and Lewin's work, naming them both as 2017 inductees.

 

“We think about the internet and the tremendous accomplishments that have been made and, the exciting thing is, it’s in its infancy,” Leighton says in an Akamai video. Online commerce, which has grown rapidly and is now denting mall sales, has huge potential, especially as dual screen use grows. Soon mobile devices will link to television, and then viewers can change channels on their mobile phones and click to buy the cool sunglasses Tom Cruise is wearing on the big screen. “We are going to see [that] things we never thought about existing will be core to our lives within 10 years, using the internet,” Leighton says.

 

(See also: Slice of MIT)

 

Akamai addresses limitations of traditional remote access

Networks Asia

January 31, 2017

 

Akamai Technologies, Inc. has introduced Enterprise Application Access, a solution designed to provide enterprises with a new way to simplify remote and third-party application access while at the same time increasing their organization’s security posture.

 

Enterprise Application Access is clientless, cloud-based and easy-to-manage, and incorporates technology received as part of Akamai’s recent Soha Systems acquisition.

 

(See also: ImpresaCityCloud Computing InsiderGlobal Security MagazineInfo ChannelComputerworld Italy)

 

Akamai CEO warns NBN won't fix internet speeds, and sees rapid growth in cyber threats
AFR

January 30, 2017

 

The head of one of the world's biggest internet infrastructure companies has warned Australians not to expect the national broadband network to bring an end to the misery of slow internet speeds.

 

Speaking to The Australian Financial Review on a visit to Australia, chief executive and co-founder of $US16 billion content delivery network (CDN) and cloud services giant Akamai, Dr. Tom Leighton said despite the billions of dollars invested in the NBN, Australians would still be reliant on telcos like Telstra and Optus continuing to invest in their infrastructure to head off the congestion caused by greater usage.

 

Akamai has a box seat watching the use of the internet, it serves up almost 30 per cent of all online content consumed globally, with its CDNs being deployed by telcos in vast data centres to store and distribute content, such as live sports coverage or TV streaming without unwatchable lag times.

 

BONUS:

 

RSA 2017: The Internet of Things security threat

Network World

February 2, 2017

 

Akamai, one of the service providers that helped mitigate the first of the large IoT DDoS attacks linked to Mirai malware, is sending Or Katz, one of its researchers to the conference to send a warning. “Once upon a time, the Internet of Things held unimaginable promise,” is how he describes the problem. “Then came Mirai … and all the associated attacks, and suddenly the promise seems more like a threat.”

 

Attackers can extort money from potential victims by threatening DDoS attacks and demanding payment to call them off. Or they might use the attacks to exact revenge against companies for perceived wrongdoing.

 

But DDoS attacks are just one of the uses to which adversaries can put IoT machines. They can compromise devices that are essential to manufacturing or even human health, where the well-timed attacks on a relatively few devices can damage other equipment, tie up production lines or compromise patients’ well-being.

 

(See also: CIO AsiaCIO BrazilIT World KoreaCIO AustraliaCSOTechWorldARNMIS-Asia)

 

 

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. Inaugurating a new record
  2. Are you accessible?
  3. Strengthening alliances
  4. Shutting down the web in Cameroon
  5. Slower than Latvia?!?!

 

Trump’s inauguration broke live video streaming records

TechCrunch

January 23, 2017

 

Though some cried while others cheered, both sides tuned into to watch President Trump’s inauguration in sizable numbers – record-breaking numbers, in fact. The event has broken new ground, becoming the largest, single live news event that content delivery network Akamai has ever hosted, the company says, following an analysis of its live video data.

 

“The presidential inauguration is the latest in a series of record-breaking live, online video streaming events that we have supported over the last year,” said Bill Wheaton, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Media at Akamai, in a statement. “More people than ever are watching video online, and it’s being done across more devices at increasingly higher levels of quality.”

 

(See also: The Washington TimesThe Washington PostBBCSlateCNNGizmodoThe DrumBrief Report UKStreaming MediaBusiness InsiderTelecompaperCBS Los AngelesNT NewsBizbashSoftpediaCablefaxCEDHeavyFierceCableThe Last RefugeTV TechnologyAdvanced TelevisionMultichannel NewsRagan.comSacramento BeeInfoDocketFactCheck.orgBBCTelegraf)

 

Akamai launches remote access service to disrupt virtual private networks

SiliconAngle

January 24, 2017

 

As the content delivery market becomes more and more crowded, Akamai Technologies Inc. is increasingly looking elsewhere for growth opportunities.

 

As part of the effort, the Internet giant today launched a cloud-based remote access service that promises to help companies make internal applications more easily reachable. It targets the growing number of people who perform their work on mobile devices, as well as the suppliers and other third parties that a firm must accommodate. Such outsiders often require the same degree of access as internal staff even though they command less trust.

 

Maintaining a strong security posture in these circumstances is difficult. Companies normally need multiple tools to address the challenge: A virtual private network to establish secure connections for users, authentication software that can regulate access and the list goes on. Akamai describes its new Enterprise Application Access service as a much more convenient alternative that is easier to manage while leaving fewer moving pieces for hackers to exploit.

 

(See also: MeriTalkTelecompaperHomeland Security TodayNetwork World EspañaICT JournaleCommerce NewsLinea EDPIT UserSearchSecurity GermanyEmerceCSO España)

 

LAC strengthens its alliance with Akamai to confront growing threat posed by website attacks

The Nikkei Digital Edition 

January 26, 2017

 

Information security company LAC will launch a service to protect corporate websites from cyber-attacks in association with Akamai Technologies Japan (Tokyo · Chuo-ku), a leading Internet content delivery infrastructure company. Prices will be estimated individually. LAC will provide Akamai's Internet monitoring service that prevents the theft of personal information from web servers and the rewriting of website programs to infect browsers with viruses in combination with LAC’s own monitoring services that picks-up and provides alerts against particularly dangerous cyber-attacks. Cyber attackers often access websites to evaluate their (security) status. If the site’s security officer were to be given an alert of intrusion, they would be overwhelmed, so they pick-up the most dangerous ones. They aim for 150 customers in the next 3 years. LAC’s engineers will acquire certification qualifications to utilize Akamai's monitoring service in the start-up of the service.

 

(See also: Cloud WatchIT Pro)

 

Cameroon shuts down the Internet In English-speaking regions

Konbini

January 25, 2017

 

Citizens in northwest and southwest of Cameroon, its two main English-speaking regions, found out they could no longer communicate via the internet or access social media without any prior notice. This claim is supported by Akamai Technologies Inc., the US-based internet content delivery firm, who tweeted a sharp drop in Internet traffic from Cameroon since the reports were made.

 

(See also: QuartzCameroon ConcordIT Web Africa)

 

Editorial: Our broadband speeds are slower than Latvia

The Roanoke Times

January 25, 2017

 

Conveniently, there are some actual facts we can introduce into this conversation. They come courtesy of the quarterly State of the Internet Report, produced by Akamai Technologies, a Massachusetts server company that by some accounts handles up to 30 percent of the world’s web traffic. The report tracks Internet speeds around the globe, down to a granular level.

 

First, the good news: The average speed in Roanoke has risen from 9.24 megabits per second (mbps) in 2014 to 11 mbps in 2015 to 14.6 mbps at the end of 2016. Is that due to private companies offering faster speeds? Or the broadband authority lighting up early last year? Or some combination of both? An interesting question, but not one the report can answer. In any case, faster is better, and we’re getting faster.

 

Now, for the not-so-good news. We’re still slower than our competitors, way slower. Virginia Beach zips along at an average of 18.6. Richmond is at 19.9. Norfolk hits 20.3. Most localities in Northern Virginia are likewise in the high teens (Arlington and Alexandria tie at 18.5) or low 20s. McLean even hits 25.2.

 

BONUS:

 

The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), announced that Tom Leighton and Danny Lewin have been named 2017 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees, and will be recognized at an induction ceremony in Washington, DC on May 42017.

 

Tom and Danny are being recognized for their unique invention – specifically US Patent No. 6,108,703 – a method for intelligently replicating and delivering content over a large network of distributed servers.

 

To promote the 2017 inductees, The NIHF have:

 

-        Posted Tom and Danny’s bios here: http://www.invent.org/honor/inductees/

-        Created introductory video on the inductees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FU3H1KZE00&t=1s

-        Provided an exclusive podcast to the WSJ: http://www.wsj.com/podcasts/the-2017-national-inventors-hall-of-fame/25D6E4BB-290B-43C8-BC24-4E06BF656FCC.html 

 

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. Ask Tom
  2. This Virtual Reality We're Living In
  3. Does IoT Equal DDoS?
  4. Who’s Minding the Store?
  5. I Feel the Need for Speed

 

Five Things you should know about Tom Leighton

Boston Globe

January 14, 2017

 

Who will take the place of EMC as the biggest independent tech company in the Boston area? Akamai Technologies, led by chief executive Tom Leighton, could make a run at it, following Dell’s recent acquisition of EMC. Akamai just signed a 15-year lease for a new 486,000-square-foot headquarters to be built near its existing corporate office in Cambridge’s Kendall Square, and it’s agreed to lease an additional 150,000 square feet in Kendall Square. Leighton recently spoke with Globe reporter Jon Chesto.

 

(See also: Boston Globe)

 

Virtual Reality Shines at Taipei Game Show

The China Post

January 20, 2017

 

In Taiwan, the use of VR is rapidly expanding and applications can be seen not only in gaming but also in retailing and amusement parks, said content-delivery and cybersecurity firm Akamai Technologies' media and gaming specialist Vincent Low to The China Post.

 

"Taiwan is the mecca of producing devices ... but there are technical challenges Taiwan needs to overcome for its gaming industry to thrive, such as an inconsistent (internet) connection," he said.

 

Low stressed that gaming industry trends pointed to an increased need to "eliminate friction regarding network dependency."

 

(See also: Tech NewsNetwork World España)

 

Does the IoT have the Potential to Break the Internet?

IoT Tech News

January 16, 2017

 

First there was the attack on the site of IT security journalist, Brian Krebs. In a simple, yet ingenious move, the attacker mobilized hundreds of connected devices, mostly security cameras, and used each one to make a request on www.krebsonsecurity.com. Kreb’s security partner, Akamai estimates that during the attack, the site was seeing 665 gigabytes of traffic per a second – that number doubles the amount of traffic seen in other Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS).

 

This attack also varied from previous attacks in that the signals were produced by hacked devices instead of from a single, hacker-controlled device and amplifier. As a result, the entire site was shut-down due to an inability to handle all of the incoming requests.

 

While the hacker has not been caught, he or she did release the code used to create the attack on a forum site – paving the way for copycats.

 

(See also: ZD Net FranceIT DailyNotiziario FinanziarioNZZCorriere della SeraSiliconGlobal Security)

 

Are you Looking after your Image Management?*

eShowmagazine

January 19, 2017

 

Byline article by Enrique Duvos, Director of Product Marketing and Enablement, Akamai Technologies EMEA

 

The term ‘image management’ has taken on new meaning in recent years, particularly in the context of websites. Images help businesses to communicate with their audience, boost online sales, increase user engagement and improve loyalty.

 

It should not come as a surprise when we think of images as a key driver for online user engagement in eCommerce, media, and travel and hospitality businesses. But their importance expands beyond those traditional “visual” industries. Corporations in automotive, banking, and many other sectors are increasingly dependent on visual assets for their web presence.  The bottom line, they all want to use fast-delivered impactful images, but they have to ensure they build them into a responsive web design so that users get a seamless experience regardless of the device they are using. The challenge, however, is that basic responsive design is subject to over-downloading on mobile devices especially when it comes to images, which increases page load times and leads to dissatisfied customers.

 

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

 

PH Outpaces Others in Internet Speed

Manila Bulletin

January 19, 2016

 

Here’s one for the books: The Philippines just outpaced economic giants Australia, Japan, and South Korea in terms of Internet speed.

 

In its latest State of the Internet Report, AKAMAI, reported that the country’s average connection speed (IPv4) for mobile Internet is now registered fastest in the Asia Pacific region, marking a significant improvement at an average speed of 13.9 Mbps from the 8.5 Mbps recorded in the second quarter.

 

On the table presented in the study, the Philippines’ average mobile speed of 13.9Mbps came in fastest in the Asia Pacific cluster, topping the speeds of Australia (12.8Mbps), Japan (11.6Mbps), South Korea (11.2Mbps), Indonesia (10.9Mbps), New Zealand (10.8Mbps), Taiwan (9.4Mbps), China (8.9Mbps), Singapore (8.5Mbps), Hong Kong (6.1Mbps), Thailand (6.1Mbps), Sri Lanka (5.4Mbps), India (3.5Mbps), and Vietnam (3.4Mbps).

 

It feels awesome that a developing country like ours tops a list which actually includes global leaders in Internet speeds.

 

(See also: Life Hacker)

 

 

 

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. How Low Can You Go?
  2. Navigating the Threat Landscape
  3. Help Me, Help You
  4. Tell Us More about Mobile, Jason Hatch
  5. Going Green

 

Latency Sucks! So Which Companies Are Creating a Solution?

Streaming Media

January 12, 2017

 

Content delivery networks (CDNs) like Akamai are considering how to best address latency, and a number of companies have been working on innovative approaches to low-latency HLS delivery (L-HLS) in various forms.

 

Shawn Michels (right), Akamai’s director of media product management, sees the latency problem through the lens of a three-pointed triangle. “We do see a lot of different definitions or criteria in the market for what constitutes low latency for streaming,” he says. “What we’ve learned is when you look across all the market segments, there are three key use cases that we need to solve when looking at low latency: broadcasters, OTT-only content, and what we call ‘personal broadcast’ using the likes of Facebook Live or Periscope.”

 

Navigating the Threat Landscape

CPI Financial

January 10, 2017

 

Smaller businesses are at a particular disadvantage for a number of reasons, which include staffing, according to Rich Bolstridge, Chief Strategist of Financial Services, Akamai Technologies. Finding the right people for security and tech positions, even in large enterprises anywhere in the world, is definitely a challenge. This is felt more so in the MENA region where first of all there is a distinct lack of talent, and second, SMEs do not have the ability to develop relationships with universities and some of the talent pipelines to source the candidates with the right skillset as they becomes available.

 

“Once security personnel have been hired they have to be retained and they need to be kept busy in a small enterprise where they are unlikely to see the action they would in a large company. The level of cybersecurity activities, and perhaps the attacks being dealt with as an SME, will not be as challenging overall for them to deal with,” Bolstridge said.

 

‘Agencies Can Learn From Other Agencies’ When Adopting Cloud

MeriTalk

January 13, 2017

 

Federal agencies need to continue moving to the cloud, even in the wake of continued distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, said Tom Ruff, vice president of public sector America’s and Latin American markets for Akamai Technologies.

 

Ruff stated that Federal cloud adoption takes “time and careful consideration,” especially for agencies with limited resources. While he acknowledged continued cyberattacks, such as the one in October directed at the Internet domain name management company Dyn, he also said that agencies need to learn from one another before moving to cloud.

 

“Agencies should be prepared to undertake the time to develop a migration strategy, which includes a risk assessment and prioritizing which applications need to be migrated. One of the biggest questions when it comes to cloud migration is security concerns, and that’s then influenced by whether applications are hosted on a private versus public cloud,” Ruff said. “Before making a decision on which cloud service to adopt, agencies need to understand what the threat landscape looks like. For example, we continue to see an increase in DDoS attacks, which will create reservations about moving to the public cloud. Before undertaking their own migration, agencies can also learn from other agencies and departments with similar profiles.”

 

Akamai Helped Taobao Expand Global E-commerce Business

IT Home

January 12, 2017

 

According to Jason Hatch, Senior Director Product Management of Akamai APJ, Akamai Web Performance Solutions focus on four areas: fastest mobile performance, optimized image management, operational simplicity and expanding the ecosystem.  In 2016, Akamai launched new capabilities in Ion aimed at optimizing web performance on mobile devices.

 

Greentech Draws big Santa Cruz Audience

Santa Cruz Sentinel

January 9, 2017

 

Nicola Peill-Moelter, senior director of environmental sustainability at Akamai Technologies, which has 6,000 employees, 220,000 servers worldwide and $2.2 billion in revenue in 2015, said she aims to power that network with 50 percent wind and solar energy by 2020.

 

She said Akamai is working to power down servers when not needed.

 

Akamai Quarterly | Q1 2017

 


In this Issue


Corporate News

 

Simple, Secure Application-specific Remote Access


Providing employees and third parties with secure access to enterprise applications deployed behind the firewall is becoming a core requirement for all businesses.

 

Enabling secure access, however, can be a complex and cumbersome task requiring on-premises hardware and systems. Through the recent acquisition of Soha Systems, Akamai now offers secure, cloud-based application access control.

 

Customer Survey Results - your feedback is making a difference

 

This year, almost 3000 customers provided feedback, and we took actions in the following areas:

  • Ease of Doing Business - with improvements in the certificate provisioning system, self-service trials and a simplified contract process
  • Self-Serviceability - with improved Onboard & Configuration Assistant
  • Improved Transparency around strategy & vision 

In 2017, we’ll continue to listen & act on your feedback. To join or check to see if you are already a part of our voice of the customer program, email us at customerexperience@akamai.com.

 


Solution & Service News

 

Ion Gets Even Better for Mobile sites and Apps!

 

New enhanced mobile site and app features for Ion customers starting in February - at no additional cost!
Highlights:

 

- Automated acceleration with Akamai’s Learning Engine powered by real user data
- *Instant apps based on network-awareness, even when offline
- Simple On/Off activation of performance capabilities
- New tool to setup digital experiences in 15 mins
*Premier & Media Advanced

 

How to Effectively Manage your next Large Scale Media Event


Akamai’s media experts have prepared for and delivered some of the internet’s largest events. Subscribe and follow the Services & Support community space to engage with and learn from Akamai's top media experts.

Visit Akamai's Media Expert Community


Whitepapers, Webinars and Reports

 

Q3 2016 State of the Internet - Security Report


The State of the Internet/Security Report is designed to better enable businesses and governments to make intelligent, strategic IT and cloud security decisions. The report represents analysis and research based on data from trillions of Internet transactions each day across Akamai’s global infrastructure and routed DDoS solution.


Q3 2016 State of the Internet-Connectivity Report


Just released – Quarterly State of the Internet/Connectivity report. This report includes data gathered from across Akamai’s global server network about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile connectivity, and Internet disruptions, as well as trends seen in this data over time.

 

Fast Isn't Just For Web Anymore, Think Mobile Apps

 

We are living in a mobile-first world and it's not just mobile web anymore. Mobile apps are more important than ever as users spend more time with their apps than websites.
Download our latest white paper on mobile app performance and learn the key factors in mobile app performance optimizations.

Free Edge 2016 Content for Your Devs!

 

Edge 2016 played host to Akamai's first ever Developer Track.This included 21 sessions over 4 days on a range of technical topics. We are now offering recordings of all sessions as well as slide decks for download on Akamai Community. Send your developers there to check it out!

 

Edge 2016 - User Track Content Now Available on the Community

 

Did you miss Edge 2016? Or, maybe you were there but didn't get a chance to attend the Akamai User Track? You're in luck! All Akamai User Track sessions were recorded and are available on our Community. Join us online and go deep with our technical experts on how to better use your Akamai products and services.

 


Customer Spotlights

 

How Solving the Image Weight Challenge Sped Sales for Linen Chest

 

Customers are seeing the value of Image Manager! This two page customer success story explains why Linen Chest's Director of Commerce chose Image Manager to tackle his websites performance issues, and how its implementation resulted in better performance and superior business results, including a 19% increase in conversion rates, 50-90% reduction in image weight, and 60% increase in page views.

 


Events

 

Akamai at RSA Conference 2017

 

Akamai is once again a proud sponsor of the RSA Conference 2017. The conference will be held on February 13-17 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Visit us at Booth #N3917 for more details on our innovative approach to security.

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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. A Codec Moment
  2. Tom Ruff Predicts the Future
  3. I’ve got to Admit it’s Getting Faster, a Little Faster all the Time
  4. DISHing at Edge 2016
  5. Buhan Sohn Talks Akamai Korea

 

The ROI of Using Multiple Codecs

Streaming Media

January 5, 2017

 

Though there are additional costs associated with encoding content with multiple codecs, with the broad support for HEVC on mobile platforms and in today's OTT marketplace, the savings associated with delivering in newer codecs like HEVC and VP9 compared to AVC will more than compensate for the additional costs of multiple encodes and storing multiple files, according to Will Law of Akamai in this excerpt from a Streaming Media West 2016 panel.

 

Public Sector IT Trends for 2017*

Next Gov

December 30, 2016

 

The government landscape is shifting, not just when it comes to technology, but culturally as well. Regarding technology, the increasing digital demands of the public are coming at the same time as additional technological guidance from the federal government.

 

On the cultural side, an incredible increase in young workers is coming at the same time as a decline of older workers facing retirement. All of this impacts the business of government and will be top of mind for agencies as they plan for the New Year. But before we get into the specifics of this coming year, let’s take a look back at 2016, as some of the most compelling trends will likely carry into 2017 as well.

 

*Authored by Akamai’s Vice President of Public Sector Americas and LATAM Markets

 

Akamai report shows Delaware still ranks near top in broadband Internet speed

Delaware Business Now

January 4, 2017

 

David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report said, “The good news is those limits are getting higher as we have continued to observe positive long-term trends in both average and average peak connection speeds around the world.”

 

(See also: Dirigentes DigitalBusiness Insider AustraliaTelecom AsiaBusiness InquirerComputerworld ItaliaComputableYeni SafakMukegile)

 

We should compare Sling TV to Spotify rather than Pay TV services like Comcast

VideoNet

January 4, 2017

 

This will not stop DISH from its goal of making Sling TV as good as it can be. The company has a high-level philosophy that it must never fear change. And at the Akamai EDGE 16 conference Lynch gave a revealing insight into the big thinking behind his standalone Pay TV OTT service.

 

Charlie Ergen, the CEO at DISH Network, called him in 2009 to discuss the future of TV. “I flew to Denver. He had a big satellite TV business and was worried it would reach saturation and he wanted to think about what came next. I was interested in how the Internet could be used to replace satellite TV. He brought me onboard to build a new company that ended up being Sling TV.

 

“We thought it could be done in a couple of years but boy, were we wrong. The tough part was not the technology but getting the programmers onboard because it had the potential to disrupt an industry that had been so good for them. We argued that disruption was coming anyway and we were able to get them, but it took much longer than we thought.”

 

Buhan Sohn, Country Manager at Akamai Korea, “We’re Strengthening Cloud-Based Security”

Daily Secu

January 5, 2017

 

Akamai secured double-digit growth by focusing on cloud security solutions last year and intends to diversify the company’s applicable cloud-based security services further this year. 

 

Akamai is going to expand its security business and plans to establish itself in the market successfully with new security services to be launched soon…Now the company offers services for DDoS defense, Web Firewall, Decentralized DNS, and Bot Management in the cloud.