Chris Nicholson

Akamai Press Awareness 02/10/17: The Friday Five

Blog Post created by Chris Nicholson Employee on Feb 10, 2017


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."