Chris Nicholson

Akamai Press Awareness 04/14/17: The Friday Five

Blog Post created by Chris Nicholson Employee on Apr 14, 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. 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.”