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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. Leighton awarded Marconi Prize
  2. Akamai invests in Thailand
  3. Andy’s got your back
  4. Cricket and dynamic advertising
  5. Lessons from Mirai

Professor Tom Leighton wins 2018 Marconi Prize

MIT News

March 22, 2018


Tom Leighton on being honored with the 2018 Marconi Prize: “Being recognized by the Marconi Society is an incredible honor,” said Leighton. “It’s an honor not just for me, but also for Danny Lewin, who created this company with me, and for all of the people at Akamai who have worked so hard for over two decades to make this technology real so that the internet can scale to be a secure and affordable platform where entertainment, business, and life are enabled to reach unimagined potential.



Akamai plugs content network into digital drive 

Bangkok Post

March 19, 2018


Ash Kulkarni talks discusses Akamai’s expanding its investment in Thailand to capitalise on digital transformation opportunities and the rise of internet streaming. "The digitisation boom, thanks to a healthy push by the government and disruptive technology in many sectors, has driven internet network performance to become more crucial to companies.” 



Andy Ellis Has Your Back


March 19, 2018


The calm demeanor that Andy Ellis carries is contrasted with the “ several hundred million reasons for Ellis to be worried, in the form of the data feeds coming in from Akamai’s worldwide network” in this Decipher profile. “When you’re solving all the problems you can solve with software,” Andy explains, “you never have to worry that seconds matter. There’s no single data center that should matter in our network,”



Akamai on delivering the India-South Africa cricket series live through the cloud

Sports Video Group Europe

March 22, 2018


SonyLIV, cricket and Akamai’s partnership with Yospace for dynamic video ad insertion are featured in Ian Munford’s interview with SVG Europe. “We have a mantra around creating video streams that are as elegant as you see on TV, and the advertising aspect of that as well.”



A Mirai Botnet Postscript: Lessons Learned


March 19, 2018


Akamai’s Chad Seaman was a guest on the Threatpost Podcast to discuss what the industry has learned in the wake of the Mirai attacks.

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. Availability Is Key
  2. More on Memecached Attacks
  3. Battle Bots
  4. Ad Insertion for Cricket
  5. Brainy Bots

Availability As A Pillar Of Media

TV Technology

March 11, 2018


In this TV Tech byline article, Akamai’s Dave Lewis takes a look at the importance of video service availability from a security perspective while managing to slip in a “Knight Rider” reference. With the abundance of affordable streaming services that are available today for the consumer—the need to ensure availability is of paramount importance. If a customer is watching a sporting event and the event starts to buffer and the image becomes blurry you can be certain that those customers will shift their allegiances before the buffer can catch up.



Memcached DDoS Attacks

Collective Intelligence Podcast

March 14, 2018


Flashpoint Editorial Director Mike Mimoso talks to Chad Seaman and Lisa Beegle of the security intelligence response team at Akamai about the recent and record-setting Memcached DDoS attacks.



AI Can Help Battle Bots


March 13, 2018


Akamai solution engineering manager Drew Reinders spoke with MeriTalk, a government IT publication, about the need for bot managers and particular requirements. “Right now, many Federal websites are one-way consumption,” he explained.  “As we expose more two-way interaction with public-facing sites where user names and passwords are required, that is where the risk will increase.”



SonyLIV Banked on Akamai to Leverage Ad Insertion for India-South Africa Series

Indian Television

March 15, 2018


In a story about SonyLIV’s use of Akamai for live ad insertion during the India-SA cricket series, Akamai’s Sidharth Pisharoti discusses the the importance of providing high-quality experiences for viewers and advertisers. “While the challenge on the one hand is to keep audiences engaged with a TV-like experience, the equally hard part is ensuring that advertisers see value in leveraging digital platforms to drive views and consequently, revenue through advertisements. With Akamai’s capabilities, we were able to successfully deliver what audiences and advertisers wanted over the course of the India-South Africa series.”



Why bots are too smart for their own good

Tahawul Tech

March 14, 2018


This Tahawul Tech column discusses the development and capabilities of Akamai’s Bot Manager, explaining that it “delivers a simple but effective solution, and detects a range of data points, including mouse movements for a desktop login and hand movements for a smartphone, to distinguish between whether the user is a human, or a bot.”





Why it’s worth investing in website performance


March 12, 2018

The attention span of website visitors nowadays is very short, but still investments on design are higher than on performance. The decision by Google to better rank fast websites on mobile, seems to have established a change. Performance will become part of the SEO ranking and companies should pay attention to this.


* Authored by Akamai’s Michael Gooding



By 2020, There Will Be another Billion Players


March 14, 2018


At the White Nights games industry conference in Prague, Akamai’s Nelson Rodriguez presented on where the next billion video game players will come from, how the availability of high-speed internet will help get us to that milestone, and some of the associated business considerations that come with so many players.


(Click here for an English translation)


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. Lessons learned in retail
  2. DDoS ransom notes
  3. Power of the platform
  4. More GitHub
  5. Cyberthreats in connected technology


3 Lessons Learned From Retail’s Most Successful Shopping Season in History


March 8, 2018


Based on Akamai’s holiday data, Akamai’s Ari Weil expands on the following three tips and actionable steps that retailers can take to deliver the shopping experiences their customers want:

Prioritize mobile

Don’t sleep on international holidays

Optimize for both Android and iOS



Hackers Are Stuffing DDoS Attacks with Monero Ransom Notes


March 2, 2018


Akamai’s Chad Seaman and Lisa Beegle spoke with Fortune on the new trend of hackers stuffing ransom notes into inbound attack traffic. “It’s actually like a DDoS attack with a phishing attack with an extortion attack all rolled into one,” Chad told Fortune. Lisa added, “We’ve seen dozens upon dozens of extortion requests, but never in the payload itself, so to speak.”


(See also: Nextgov, TechCrunch, Tom’s Hardware, Mashable, TechSpot, PYMNTS, HackRead, SecurityWeek, In Business)



Wall Street Take Note: Akamai Is A Platform, You Can’t Separate Their Media Business


March 8, 2018


Dan Rayburn writes about the power of the Akamai platform and the innovations being made for the future of online content delivery. “Focusing on protocols and new distribution techniques is a bet that Akamai is making on their long term plan and Akamai recently combined their carrier and media business, since more content is becoming available through service provider channels.”



GitHub suffers biggest ever DDoS, goes down for just 10 minutes

Digital Journal

March 5, 2018


Widespread coverage of Akamai helping GitHub to fend off last week’s record-breaking DDoS attack continued in numerous publications this week, including Digital Journal. The story explains how migrated its service to Akamai, the Akamai CDN platform, providing “additional edge network capacity to help mitigate the impacts of the DDoS and keep the service available to users. This process was initiated at 17:26 UTC on Wednesday – 5 minutes after the attack commenced – and completed within 4 minutes. It succeeded in mitigating the attack by blocking it at the edge of Akamai's cloud.”


(See also: Forbes, ArsTechnica, IB Times India, MyBroadband, Naked Security, PC Authority, Fudzilla, SC Magazine, E Hacking News, InfoRisk Today, Directors Talk, Technology Decisions, Nigeria Sun)



Five worrying cyberthreats to connected tech

The Times/Raconteur

March 7, 2018


The Times supplement, “Industry 4.0,” focuses on the manufacturing sector and includes an interview with Akamai’s Bernd Koenig in which he discussed the challenges that can come with an increasingly web-enabled supply chain. According to Bernd, “Poor security procedures somewhere down the supply chain can mean that malware is passed from client to client, infecting them all along the way.”


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 absorbs largest DDoS attack ever
  2. Akamai supports live streaming from PyeongChang
  3. Andy Ellis on DNS and RFC 2182
  4. Graeme Beardsell on security and IoT
  5. Memcached servers and DDoS attacks


GitHub Survived the Biggest DDoS Attack Ever Recorded


March 1, 2018


In a story that generated wide global coverage, Akamai’s Josh Shaul tells Wired how Akamai helped GitHub fend off what’s believed to believe the largest ever reported DDoS attack at 1.35 Tbps. “We modeled our capacity based on fives times the biggest attack that the internet has ever seen. So I would have been certain that we could handle 1.3 Tbps, but at the same time we never had a terabit and a half come in all at once. It’s one thing to have the confidence, it’s another thing to see it actually play out how you’d hope."


(See also US/UK/Australia: Engadget, eWeek, IGN, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, PC Magazine, International Business Times, TechRepublic, ZDNet, The Next Web, TechSpot, WCCF Tech, Tech Times, The Hacker News, GeekWire, Network World, HotHardWare, The Inquirer, IT Pro, ITProPortal, SiliconAngle, Silicon Republic, HackRead, Sci-Tech Today, IT News Australia, LongRoom, ITWire, Silicon UK, CSO AU, Enterprise Times, Developer Tech Benelux: Reetketel, Security France: Toms Guide, Next Inpact, Generation NT, Developpez, LeMagIT, Zataz Mag, Germany: Inside-it, Heise Italy: Toms Hardware, LineaEDP, Evereye, Giornalettismo, ICT Business, SecurityInfo Spain: Genbeta, Silicon, Computer Hoy, MuySeguridad, ADSLZone, Diario Technologia, ComputerWorld, Daily News, Teinteresa, Alojamiento, Omicrono, Portal Tic Sweden: IT-Nytt, Sweclockers)



Live From PyeongChang: Akamai Supports a Parade of Nations in Their Streaming Efforts

Sports Video Group

February 23, 2018


Sports Video Group caught up with Akamai’s Joachim Hengge at the International Broadcast Center in PyeongChang to find out how Akamai supported the Winter Olympics live streaming efforts of more than 30 broadcasters and partners around the world. “In general, when we look at Olympics, it is a perfect use case for online video, I would say: there’s so much going on at the same time, and, on your linear TV feed, you always have just that one sport that’s most popular.”



Another massive DDoS internet blackout could be coming your way


February 28, 2018


Andy Ellis speaks with CSO about DNS and RFC 2182: While some of the RFC suggestions are now out of date--swapping secondary zones with another organization now seems a bit antiquated--the fundamental principles of avoiding central points of failure and ensuring redundancy haven't changed. "Provider redundancy both gives you scale, and ensures that issues with one provider don't take your business offline," Ellis says.



Enterprises need a new security architecture: Graeme Beardsell


February 28, 2018


Leading up to his presentation at the Mint EmTech 2018 Conference, Akamai’s Graeme Beardsell spoke with Mint about the challenges of keeping businesses online round-the-clock, the need for a new security architecture and how the Internet of Things (IoT) is complicating matters. “Security should be designed to take advantage of the shape of the Internet and not try to defy it.”



Memcached Servers Being Exploited in Huge DDoS Attacks

Dark Reading

February 27, 2018


Dark Reading interviewed Akamai’s Chad Seaman and Domingo Ponce with Jai Vijayan regarding the latest wave of DDoS attacks exploiting Memcache servers. “The use of default settings and reckless administration overall among many enterprises has resulted in a situation where literally tens of thousands of boxes running Memcached are on the public-facing Internet, Seaman says. Adds Ponce, “Organizations also need to ensure they have the bandwidth to absorb the attacks while allowing legitimate traffic to remain up.”


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’s State of the Internet / Security Report
  2. Online video from Rio to PyeongChang
  3. Disclosing incident response strategies
  4. Lunch pop-ups at Akamai
  5. Live streaming and hacking


The borg ate my login


February 20, 2018


Looking at data released this week in Akamai’s State of the Internet / Security report, Martin McKeay highlights that a large portion of login traffic is malicious and a great deal of bot traffic is nefarious. He also notes that there is no “one size fits all” solution for bots, stressing the importance for organizations to understand how traffic is related to bots and credential abuse in order to take appropriate steps for protection.


(See also: eWeek, Computer Business Review, Computer Weekly, The Economic Times, BGR, The Indian Express, NDTV, Financial Express, Business Standard, CXO Today, MoneyControl, TechRepublic, CircleID,, Naked Security, SiliconANGLE, InfoSecurity Today, E Hacking News, com!, ag connect, LeMagIT, Silicon



Passing the Online Torch from Rio to PyeongChang

Security Boulevard

February 20, 2018


Akamai’s Ben Bloom puts the evolution of online broadcasting in the context of the Olympics, discussing the increasing complexity of delivering large-scale events and the role Akamai continues to play in helping ensure the success of any broadcast experience.



The Art of Disclosing Your Incident Response Strategy to the Public

Security Intelligence

February 20, 2018


Given the heightened profile of security vulnerabilities in the public eye, Akamai’s Martin McKeay writes about the factors businesses should consider when responding to security incidents.



Problem Solvers: Fooda, Mobile Cuts, & Disappearing


February 16, 2018


Boston’s venerable TV news magazine, Chronicle, visits Akamai’s Cambridge headquarters to see how employees are taking advantage of the Fooda pop-up lunch service.



Live stream of games may lead to increasing hacking risks 

Hong Kong Economic Times

February 21, 2018


Akamai’s Fernando Serto discusses how viewers of major events like the Olympics and World Cup and serve as easy targets for hackers, and steps consumers can take to secure their devices and personal information.


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. Olympics live streaming
  2. Avoiding website outages
  3. IoT the new shadow IT
  4. Importance of video quality
  5. Digitalization in Germany


Here's how to watch the Winter Olympics without cable

USA Today

February 8, 2017


In the run-up to the Winter Olympics, Peter Chave spoke with USA Today on the many options available to live stream the games. Each of the streaming services will use different approaches to present the Olympics “in their own flavor,” says Peter Chave, principle architect at Akamai Technologies, which provides cloud services and global delivery of streaming video including the Olympics Games.


(See also: Multichannel News)



How Retailers Can Avoid a Website Outage Disaster

Total Retail

February 7, 2018


High web traffic is a major goal for every online retailer, but slowdowns and outages can result if you’re bombarded with more traffic than expected, writes Manuel Alvarez in a byline story for Total Retail. He explains how companies should work with their web teams to proactively develop policies to manage these unanticipated peaks. 



Akamai: IoT the new 'shadow IT' of the enterprise


February 5, 2018


Internet-connected devices are already everywhere in the consumer space, but as they make their way into the organisation, they pose a threat to the security of enterprise networks. Akamai’s Patrick Sullivan tells ZDNet that IoT devices are an issue for everybody. “It's a very active attack surface and I think if you look around the world, there are various governments that are starting to consider whether they need to weigh in with tighter regulation of the IoT devices."



Down with the Potato! Video quality is important online

PC Mag

February 6, 2018


PC Mag spoke with Akamai’s Sandeep Reddy and leveraged data from Akamai’s Sensum study to highlight the importance of video quality, not only for the content creators but for the viewers as well. 



Luxury good fast internet – Does the grand coalition spoil away our digital future?
Bild am Sonntag
February 4, 2018


Bild am Sonntag published an article on the topic surrounding digitalisation in the current coalition talks in Germany and used data from Akamai’s State of the Internet Report to show the country’s internet speed in an international context.


A new unified Identity Management (IDM) application is now available in Luna Control Center and supports editing your own profile and viewing your permissions, all in a brand-new look & feel.


The new application also allows Admins to:

  • Manage groups, resources, properties, and escalation contacts,
  • Manage users and APIs,
  • Reset multi-factor authentication,
  • Set account-wide default settings.


Access to the new application is open to all customers starting February 5, 2018. During the beta period, it can be accessed in Luna Control Center under the CONFIGURE menu at Manage Users & Groups (Beta).


A corresponding OPEN API is also available on




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. BigCommerce offers Akamai Image Optimization
  2. Cryptocurrencies and security challenges
  3. Akamai’s fight against latency
  4. Tips for GDPR compliance
  5. Has a bot visited your site?


BigCommerce begins offering Akamai’s Image Optimization Tool to Sellers


January 30, 2018


Akamai customer BigCommerce announced this week that it is offering Akamai Image Manager to help online sellers avoid slow-loading pages due to outsized, high-resolution images ahead of Google's plans to make page load speed a consideration for mobile search rankings. BigCommerce named oversized images the number one culprit for bogged down page loads and poor buyer experiences.


See also: Website Magazine, ECommerceBytes, iTWire



New cryptocurrencies offer better anonymity, new security challenges


February 1, 2018


Akamai’s Benjamin Brown discussed with CSO how cryptocurrencies are showing up on the dark web. "Monero is already being integrated into multiple darknet markets, has been used in cybercrime campaigns, and is the preferred currency of the Shadow Brokers.”



SVG Sit-Down: Akamai’s Will Law Continues the Fight Against Latency; And He’s Happy With the Progress

Sports Video Group

January 29, 2018


Latency, scale, and cost are three mortal enemies that fight each other. All three cannot survive.” That’s what Akamai’s Will Law explained to Sports Video Group during a recent interview in which he highlighted the progress Akamai is making to drive down live streaming latency.



GDPR compliance: What companies need to know

Digital Business Cloud

January 25, 2018


With four months remaining until the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements go into effect, a host of media outlets across Europe have covered Akamai’s recent release of best practices to to maintain compliance with the new mandates.


See also: El derecho, CSO, Diario Jurídico, Computing, Director TIC, Law & Trends



How to tell if your website has been visited by a bot: 5 tips


February 2, 2018


In a conversation with TechRepublic, Akamai’s Patrick Sullivan noted how monitoring macro-level success and failure rates of login attempts can help detect bots. "Regardless of how advanced the bots are and how difficult they are to identify, credential stuffing generates high levels of failed logins.” 


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. The Wall Street Journal talks security with Akamai
  2. Cricket fans embrace OTT
  3. Best practices for GDPR
  4. How Akamai touches our everyday lives
  5. Importance of security for IoT



Cyber’s ‘Flaming Sword of Justice’ Won’t Save Companies, Says Akamai Security Expert

The Wall Street Journal

January 25, 2018


Akamai’s Global Security Advocate Dave Lewis sits down with The Wall Street Journal to talk about our current state of security debt and why it's a culture shift to understand how and why security should be an integral part of designing any IT capability. Please note the full article is gated for subscribers.



Why cricket fans have embraced OTT


January 24, 2018


Lynnette Kerry, Regional Sales Manager for Akamai, authored an article for Broadcast magazine that discusses the benefits of over the top (OTT) video delivery as they relate to cricket fans.



Organisations that can’t prove the adequacy of risk-based security could fail GDPR compliance, says Akamai Technologies


January 25, 2018


In light of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements intended to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens, Akamai Security Solutions Engineering Manager Gerhard Giese urges organizations to follow industry best practices in order to maintain compliance with the new mandates.



Akamai's Variations: CDN Is Locked in 4 Main Development Directions and Security Plays an Increasingly Vital Role


January 25, 2018


C114 in China spoke with Wentao Li, Akamai Web Solutions Engineering Manager, and Chandler Zhang, Regional Media Sales Manager, about the important roles Akamai technology plays in delivering connected experiences to businesses and consumers, as well as a general overview and history of the Company.


(See also: Communications Weekly, Fromgeek , OFweek)



IoT Security: The network is in the duty

IP Insider

January 22, 2018


The proliferation of IoT means companies must pay even greater attention to the related security risks. Bernd König, Akamai Security Product Line Director in EMEA, wrote an article IP Insider and IT Business in Germany on the requirements for building a robust and secure IT infrastructure.


(See also:


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 named Global Tech Leader
  2. Do your job
  3. What is Zero Trust?
  4. Re-examining security controls
  5. 6 threats for 2018

Akamai Named a 2018 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Technology Leader

Thomson Reuters

January 17, 2018


This week, Akamai was named to Thomson Reuters Inaugural Top 100 Global Technology Leaders listing, a program that identifies the industry's most operationally sound and financially successful organizations. Thomson Reuters utilized a 28-data-point algorithm to objectively identify organizations with the fortitude for the future in today's complex business environment. The methodology measured the performance of 5,000 technology companies across eight pillars: Financial, Management and Investor Confidence, Risk and Resilience, Legal Compliance, Innovation, People and Social Responsibility, Environmental Impact, and Reputation. In addition, the Thomson Reuters list (announced this week) also revealed that the identified 100 organizations outperform the NASDAQ, S&P 500, and MSCI World indices in year-over-year stock price change.


(See also: Akamai’s release, Reuters, and Fast Company)



A CDN – if it’s doing its job, your customers won’t know it’s there


January 15, 2018


The internet promised to revolutionise the way we shop – no more queues, no more traffic jams; just what you want, when you want it. And, when digital delivery arrived for entertainment products, like music, videos and games, the opportunity to simplify the process got even bigger.  However, without the right infrastructure, vendors can find themselves simply creating online versions of the same problems that they previously had on the high street.


Let’s take the launch of a new video game as an example. Previously, whenever there was a big launch it would be common place to see large queues outside the store entrance with shoppers’ travelling from miles around eager to be the first to get their hands on the new product. With only a limited number of people serving customers, and security procedures to carry out for both the product and the payment and transaction itself, the shop soon fills up, the doorway becomes a bottleneck and queues stretch down the street. This log jam for customers quickly leads to frustration. 


With this direct line to the customer, brands now need to be evermore careful that online launches are planned thoughtfully and they ensure they have the right infrastructure in place. So how can brands ensure that they have made the right investments to prepare for success? 


*Byline article by Akamai Global Director of Media Industry Strategy Nelson Rodriguez



What is Zero Trust? A model for more effective security


January 16, 2018


The Zero Trust Network, or Zero Trust Architecture, model was created in 2010 by John Kindervag, who at the time was a principal analyst at Forrester Research Inc.


Now, seven years later, CIOs, CISOs and other corporate executives are increasingly implementing Zero Trust as the technologies that support it move into the mainstream, as the pressure to protect enterprise systems and data grows significantly, and as attacks become more sophisticated.


“The strategy around Zero Trust boils down to don’t trust anyone. We’re talking about, ‘Let’s cut off all access until the network knows who you are. Don’t allow access to IP addresses, machines, etc. until you know who that user is and whether they’re authorized,’” says Charlie Gero, CTO of Enterprise and Advanced Projects Group at Akamai Technologies in Cambridge, Mass.



Cyber safety: Companies should re-examine security controls to defend themselves against threats


January 15, 2018


As organisations plan their IT budgets and cyber security defenses to defend against the threats they will face in the coming year, the questions is: What should they expect from hackers? Everything. This may sound flippant, but the truth is that everything we have built as the foundation of our security practices is rapidly changing. The rate of change will accelerate in 2018, with no indicators of slowing down in the near future.


In 2017 we saw businesses having to patch their systems which shrank from months or years to weeks or days. No one needs a 0-Day if they know the business doesn't have a patching window until the end of the quarter or that they will probably miss one or two servers no one was administrating.


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


*Byline article by Akamai Senior Product Manager for Cloud Security, Asia Pacific, Aseem Ahmed


6 threats you have to keep in mind in 2018


January 17, 2018

Translated summary


The threat landscape has changed significantly in the last year. Vulnerabilities in web frameworks and content management systems were the biggest issues regarding web application security in 2017. The security measures that were considered effective in 2017 may not be effective enough anymore in 2018. Based on Jay Coley’s Q&A “Staying secure in 2018: threats and advice for the year ahead” we created a listicle including six cyber threat trends for 2018 – from “What will change in 2018” to ransomware to what the industry can do to protect users against these threats.


*Byline article by Akamai Senior Director Strategy & Planning for EMEA Jay Coley

To the members of the Akamai Community,


We want to keep you up to date on the situation related to an outage that impacted our Akamai Community. Yesterday afternoon on January 11, at 6:00 EST, our community software vendor began to experience a load-balancer failure which created an outage for many of their customers. Our vendor worked diligently to resolve the issue and it appeared to be resolved late last night.


Unfortunately, this morning we started to experience a similar issue and the community became unavailable again. Our vendor actively worked to resolve the problem.  For now, the issue seems to be resolved and our site has come back online.


We apologize for the inconvenience and disruption this has caused.


If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Akamai Community team at


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. Lessons from Mirai
  2. Successful bot management
  3. Security updates slowing computers?
  4. Tom takes questions in Japan
  5. Italian intelligence recruiting cybersecurity grads


The Evolution of Mirai as a Cautionary Tale

SC Media

January 11, 2018


It was just over a year a year ago when the flood gates opened and the packets rained down as a new player made itself known. The Mirai botnet had made it's debut on the world stage. This was a game changer in every sense of the meaning. A botnet had revealed itself to the world that was built on the metaphorical backs of thousands to Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This botnet was capable of distributed denial-of-service, or “DDoS” attacks, which could deliver over 600 Gbps of traffic right out of the gate. A staggering, and previously unseen volume up to that point in time.


The malicious code, dubbed Mirai, scanned the Internet looking for devices from its pre-ordained list of over sixty devices that were attached online. These devices had default credentials that Mirai would seek out in order to compromise further devices to add to the collective that topped 2.5 million IP addresses at its peak.


Security needs to be baked into the process from the design stage. Back of napkin, noodling out ideas should have a star with security on it. Many IoT-related devices are consumer grade devices with planned obsolescence built into them but, security must still be considered. Mirai was an example of what can go wrong and unless these issues are properly addressed, it will not be the last lesson that we have to learn.


*Byline article by Akamai Global Security Advocate Dave Lewis



3 Steps to Successful Bot Management


January 11, 2018


Bots are a part of life for any organization doing business online, with many companies estimating that 40 percent of their online traffic is generated by bots. This profusion of bot activity is even more relevant for government agencies as more services move online and constituents expect equally exceptional service from public sector websites as they do from private. With more than 2.54 billion visits from September 2017 through November 2017, U.S. federal websites must be prepared to effectively and securely serve a growing number of visitors—both bot and human. In fact, some government agencies see 60 percent of their traffic attributed to bots.


Traditional IP blocking provides only temporary pain relief until, inevitably, a bot operator detects the block, changes the IP, and starts a new bot invasion. Instead of the traditional approach of simply blocking as many bots as possible, a new paradigm of bot management helps agencies make more real-time and informed decisions on how to handle bot activity. This new model of bot management empowers agency IT to take a proactive approach to detecting, analyzing and making informed decisions on handling all types of bot activity on their websites.


*Byline article by Akamai VP of Public Sector Tom Ruff



PC updates to keep out hackers slow some computers, Microsoft says. Is yours one?

USA Today

January 9, 2018


As the world's biggest computer companies release a wave of software upgrades to fix the big chip security flaws that became public last week, users have feared slowdowns in computers, games, browsers and phones.


“On my own systems, I had patched to current and I had not noticed any appreciable hit to performance when tracking the memory usage on the systems. For some, perception can be nine-tenths of reality,” said Dave Lewis, global security advocate for content delivery network Akamai.



What is the business area that Akamai focuses on

Diamond Online

January 12, 2018

Q&A with Tom Leighton - translated summary


Our customers are companies that provide services on the Internet. On the TV, viewers view the same content at the same time, so it was easy to distribute information, but users do different things such as shopping online and watching movies. It is hard to offer things that you want when you want it to suit individual needs. We are providing fast, high quality and secure information delivery service.


We have approximately 240 thousand servers mainly in the vicinity of the major cities of the world, and we can distribute and store contents. Therefore, users can get contents from familiar servers without going to far servers.


If you compare it to shopping, it will take time if you have to go to the manufacturing factory to purchase the product. But, if there is a product in a neighborhood shop, it is easily obtained. Our service realizes that users get the contents on the Internet quickly by placing data in familiar places.



Italian intelligence recruits graduates to protect its infrastructures from cyberattacks

January 10, 2018

Translated summary


After the cases of Meltdown and Specter, after the numerous bank data thefts such as that of Equifax, the Internet blockade caused by the Mirai botnet, the Wannacry epidemic, it has become impossible to sleep peacefully for companies and institutions in the face of the risks generated by cyberspace. This is why Italian intelligence is looking for graduates and graduates in ICT professions. The goal is to recruit them in the defense of national strategic assets and critical infrastructures that allow the company to function: roads, dams, hospitals, airports. 


The alarm of Kaspersky's manager is coupled with the predictions of Akamai, according to which the evolution of the Internet of Things - 50 billion people connected by 2020 - is creating an army of dormant bots that in 2018 could be exploited by cyber criminals with devastating effects. A situation that, Alessandro Livrea, Country Manager of Akamai Italy, is determined precisely "From the unstoppable evolution of artificial intelligences and machine learning that will bring with it experiences that are ever more engaging and personalized for users, but also new cyber 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. Ebrahimi named Akamai CIO
  2. WhereverTV launches new UI with Akamai
  3. Hackers wreak havoc in ’17
  4. Cybersecurity winners, losers
  5. Hotel group taps Akamai for performance, security


Avaya CIO Fari Ebrahimi joins Akamai, seizing on 'a dream opportunity'

Boston Business Journal

January 4, 2018


Cambridge-based Akamai Technologies Inc. has tapped Fari Ebrahimi, previously the chief information officer of Avaya, as its new CIO.


Ebrahimi has been at Avaya, a California-based maker of corporate communication infrastructure, since 2013. Previously, he was an IT executive at Verizon Communications for more than a decade.


"CIOs have the opportunity to be a change agent," Ebrahimi wrote in an email. "In Akamai’s case, they are already extremely successful, and I have the opportunity to leverage the company’s own technologies to further propel and enable transformation and growth. That is a dream opportunity for a CIO."


(See also: Finovate, Telecompaper, Reuters, FierceTelecom, Post Online Media, Infotechlead, CXO Today)



WhereverTV relaunches user interface


January 4, 2018


The WhereverTV platform offers a plethora of HD channels and incorporates options for channel navigation, channel favourites, picture-in-picture user functionality and multiple user capability.


It also has implemented Akamai’s video player to minimise or eliminate buffering and slow load times, and address upgraded security parameters. And, the revamp includes upgraded geo-blocking, token authentication and server functionality


“Our team has worked diligently in revamping our platform to position WhereverTV for the next generation of OTT delivery,” said Edward Ciofani, CEO at WhereverTV. “We worked closely with the video player division of Akamai to identify and deliver to our customers the latest state-of-the-art player. This truly marks a milestone in the company’s history. We are now in a position to create a global brand that delivers OTT Television to anyone, anywhere that assimilates typical cable or satellite without being confined to the couch.”



Hackers Wreak Havoc in 2017, is 2018 Ready to Battle?

January 04, 2018

Infosec Island


With a new year upon us, it’s time to reflect back on a rather turbulent 365 days in the cybersecurity space. Between leaked Game of Thrones episodes, WannaCry ransomware and new strains of the Mirai Internet of Things botnet, cyberattacks reached alarming heights in 2017. This increases the burden on companies to adapt to a rapidly changing threat landscape.


So, what will 2018 look like?

  • IoT must brace for impact
  • Hacker motivations shift from curious to criminal
  • Security biometrics are still a mixed bag


*Byline article by Akamai Senior Security Advocate, Martin McKeay



Cyber Security in 2017: Who Won, Who Lost, Who Freaked Us Out

December 31, 2017


Globally, 2017 saw cybersecurity become a key issue across all industries, and online gambling was no exception. Internet operators have long been targets for DDoS attacks, which have become more frequent in recent years, as well as more powerful and more creative, and this year, all **** broke loose.


According to Akamai Technologies, the online gambling sector is now the most frequently targeted sector, accounting for more than 50 percent of all attacks. Gambling sites are easy prey, because it’s simple for cyber criminals to predict the sites’ busiest and most lucrative periods.


Sportsbooks, for example, can be hit during the World Cup or a big racing festival, and poker sites during their flagship tournament series. The criminals know the chances are that victims will simply pay up and be done with it, rather than risk losing a major customer base.



Melia enhances web performance and security

CSO España (ComputerWorld)

January 3, 2018


The hotel group reinforces web security thanks to Akamai solutions implemented with the support of partners Telefonica, explains Llorenç Vives, Director of IT operations at Melia Hotels International. 


"Through its network and the intelligence it applies in the management of content traffic, Akamai’s smart platform guarantees that we reach our customers and meet their expectations thereby improving their purchasing experience and increasing real conversion rates", says Vives. "Their solution allows us to be much more efficient in scaling the infrastructure necessary to support the environments and the level of traffic we are growing".


*Spanish-language customer case study


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. Don’t look back in anger
  2. Three is a magic number
  3. Harder, better, faster, stronger
  4. I predict a riot
  5. Ch ch ch ch changes



2017 Security Predictions through the Rear Window

Dark Reading

December 26, 2017


If you're going to forecast the future, go big.


It's no secret that I've long held a dim view of the security predictions that invariably bombard our feeds and social media accounts every December. In years past, I made a point to write up an article using a list of predictions from a blog post 10 years earlier. The catch here was that the list read as an indictment as opposed to a prediction. Of the list of 10 security issues, eight  remained relevant a decade after they were posted.


The practice of making predictions often brings to mind the image  of a palm reader or medium saying, "I'm seeing a security breach for a company that starts with … A … B?" This may seem a little cruel, but I can't help to draw a parallel with Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. The protagonist of the film — confined to his apartment in the summer heat — pieces together a crime from the bits and pieces that he sees unfolding in the apartment across the way from his rear window. This view feels familiar as we talk about security issues in bits and pieces as found in security predictions.


Byline article by Akamai Global Security Advocate, Dave Lewis



Three Things to Watch for in 2018

Multichannel News

December 27, 2017


The media landscape saw steady change in 2017. High Dynamic Range (HDR) moved to the forefront and consumers took advantage of even more skinny bundle offerings as they continue to look for ways to cut or shave the cord. Artificial intelligence became more accessible and had a big impact on consumer interaction.


The question is, how will the tides turn in the next 365 days? Here are my predictions for 2018:

  • High Dynamic Range Becomes Ubiquitous
  • Skinny Bundles Abound
  • Artificial Intelligence will enable better content experiences


Byline article by Akamai Senior Architect, Media, Office of the CTO, Bill Wishon



Building a stronger website 

Bangkok Post

December 26, 2017


The holiday shopping season is an exciting time for consumers as well as retailers looking to end the year on a high note. But it can also be stressful for online sellers if their websites, apps and infrastructure are not ready to deliver a secure and exception customer experience, according to Akamai Technologies.


Jason Hatch, Akamai’s senior director for product management and web experience in Asia Pacific and Japan, likes to use an analogy from television to explain why website operators need to be better prepared.


“Thinking about the shopping season, my imagination began to run and I couldn’t help but think about the wall from Game of Thrones,” he said. “The Brothers of the Night’s Watch try in vain to hold back the massive force aligned against them only to see their battlements fall.”



Security trends 2018: biometric hacking, state-sponsored attacks, daring cyber heists

Computerworld UK

December 28, 2017


In an increasingly connected world, where the chaos of so many different events and actors, nations, businesses, consumers and markets, legitimate or illegitimate, it’s naturally tough to chart where things might be headed without resorting to educated guesswork. So read on for just that: where we see cybersecurity going in 2018.


“The biggest danger facing enterprises in 2018 is organised threat actors,” comments Jay Coley, senior director of security services for Akamai – the company that claims to be the world’s biggest data aggregator after the NSA. “2017 showed us that businesses are facing criminal organisations, hackers backed by competitors and even nation states.


“We’ve long suspected this would be the case, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that the level of sophistication and tenacity shown by these attackers is far beyond the opportunistic hacking many enterprises are currently prepared to defend against.



Three Ways the Online Video Industry Will Change in 2018


December 27, 2017


Online video has drawn a great deal of attention over the last year, its convenience and competitive pricing make it an attractive alternative to traditional pay TV offerings. Online video services will continue to grow in the coming year and its user experience-focused innovation that will drive it. Here are three trends shaping the way media companies deliver their content online that will impact the industry and user experience in 2018.


Byline article by Akamai Senior Architect, Media, Office of the CTO, Bill Wishon


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


Highlights include:


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


How Companies Are Getting Ready For Holiday Shoppers


December 8, 2017


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


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



Preparing for the Coming Hacks

TV Technology

December 6, 2017


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


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


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



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


December 8, 2017


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


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

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


The Changing Threat Landscape

Security Middle East

December 06, 2017


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



How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online


December 5, 2017


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


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





Staying ahead of Fast Flux Networks — Research Saturday 

The Cyberwire

December 2, 2017


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


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





Akamai Senior Director talks about challenges in the security industry

Think IT                               

December 6, 2017


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


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


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