Chris Nicholson

Akamai Press Awareness 03/25/16: The Friday Five

Blog Post created by Chris Nicholson Employee on Mar 28, 2016


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. Highlights include:

  1. Making the Internet fast, reliable and secure with Akamai
  2. Operation Ababil revisited
  3. That's great, it starts with an earthquake…
  4. Open your heart to OTT
  5. There's nothin’ shakin’ on shakedown street


How the CEO of Akamai, one of the state’s top places to work, thinks about his job

Boston Globe

March 23, 2016


If you watched the Super Bowl or President Barack Obama’s inauguration online, you can thank Dr. Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai Technologies, a global manager of Internet traffic based in Cambridge.


Though you probably haven’t heard of Akamai, the content delivery network is the reason you can quickly and safely access The New York Times on your mobile device, or download music and movies from Apple’s iTunes Store.


Akamai’s goal is to make the Internet fast, reliable, and secure for its customers. To give you a scope of their clientele, the company serves all major U.S. sports leagues, nine of the 10 largest newspapers, all branches of the U.S. military, 97 of the top 100 online U.S. retailers, and all 20 of the top global e-commerce sites. Akamai has over 210,000 servers in over 120 countries and is within more than 1,450 networks around the world.


(See also MIT2016 Documentary Series – starts at 9:05)


How security pros blunted alleged Iran cyber attacks

USA Today

March 24, 2016


"At the time, we had a high-confidence that it was state sponsored," said Roger Barranco, senior director of security operations for Akamai Technologies (AKAM), a Massachusetts-based specialist in content delivery network services. "The main thing was the intensity level ... lasting 12 hours sometimes."


Mounting such lengthy assaults typically would run up expensive computer costs beyond the reach of more mundane attackers, the experts said.


(See also Computer Sweden)


What it looks like when the Internet suddenly disappears, in 4 charts

Washington Post

March 22, 2016


The brief interruption was just one recent example of a common problem: Internet disruptions around the world caused by myriad events. Sometimes natural disasters are to blame. Sometimes it's power outages or other technical failures. Sometime the cables that connect the world get cut (on purpose or by accident). And, sometimes, as with Bangladesh, the government just prefers the darkness.


Akamai Technologies, which delivers a sizable share of online content for clients such as Yahoo, IBM and several federal agencies and departments, reviews such disruptions in its quarterly reports, the latest of which was published Tuesday. Here's a look, courtesy of those reports, at the various events and incidents that made the Internet disappear, however briefly, last year.


(See also Computable, LANLine, Computerworld Denmark, Digital Day, Computable Netherlands, AG, Computer Weekly, Advanced Television, Cablefax, CED, High Tech Forum, Infoworld, Multichannel News, PC Mag, Streaming Media, Telecompaper, Chicago Tribune, The WHIR, ZD Net, Media Post, BTR, Next Gov, Gov Tech, ARC)


How to effectively manage the challenge of OTT services in today's competitive market*

Panorama Audio Visual

March 25, 2016


Whether it's a broadcaster that provides services OTT (over-the-top), a specialized OTT provider or a telecommunications company that provides online video, it’s very likely to find it increasingly difficult to differentiate from the competition. This is because there is not much that separates one service from another in terms of programming and even price. Therefore, the quality of streaming video and exceptional user experience on each device has become key differentiators.


This means that the obligation for these companies to stand out from your competition is to ensure the best quality and speed of video delivery a seamless experience across all devices, anywhere - and do it economically.


*Authored by Akamai Director of Product Marketing and Enablement for EMEA Region


Criminals extort Swiss online shops


March 21, 2016


"Who is not attacked, invested appropriately in cyber-security protection," said Internet expert Jürgen Metko of Akamai. Many small and large provider of cyber security are likely to look forward to lucrative contracts. Because cyber criminals use DDoS attacks often as a warning shot. Companies are well advised to take the risk seriously now.


(See also PC Tipp)