Chris Nicholson

Akamai Press Awareness 11/03/17: The Friday Five

Blog Post created by Chris Nicholson Employee on Nov 3, 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. More control with DevOps
  2. Akamai introduces Enterprise Threat Protector
  3. Preparing for m-commerce
  4. Effects of the General Data Protection Regulation
  5. Prevalence of cloud security

Akamai Gives DevOps Teams More Control

October 31, 2017


When most DevOps teams think about platforms, it’s usually a conversation about some form of software sitting on a server in a data center. But many web and mobile applications employ a content delivery network (CDN) as the platform on which they depend most to run. Akamai Technologies is moving to provide DevOps teams with much greater visibility into and control over what’s occurring across its namesake CDN.


Ari Weil, senior director of industry marketing at Akamai, says CDNs now play a pivotal role in enabling IT organizations to deploy web and mobile applications in the cloud. To provide DevOps teams with more control over those deployments, Akamai is committing to treat the core CDN as code that can be programmatically invoked in addition to providing real-time visibility into applications running on Akamai and simplifying the modification of applications in production, says Weil.



Akamai Introduces Enterprise Threat Protector Capabilities

Enterprise Channels MEA

November 2, 2017


Akamai Technologies introduced its Enterprise Threat Protector capabilities in Dubai to provide improved DNS performance for customers’ using the service in the region. Enterprise Threat Protector is designed to provide customers quick-to-deploy and easy-to-manage cloud-based protection against the impact of complex targeted threats such as malware, ransomware, and phishing. It is designed specifically to address the “intelligence gap” in DNS infrastructure. Using threat data gathered through Akamai’s Cloud Security Intelligence capabilities, Enterprise Threat Protector is architected to layer critical intelligence onto a company’s recursive DNS requests, preventing users from accessing malicious domains and lowering risk for businesses of all sizes. The value of Enterprise Threat Protector comes from the solution’s ability to better determine the “intent” of a DNS request from the enterprise.



Is Your Site Prepared for M-Commerce?

Website Magazine

November 11, 2017


What are some holiday m-commerce predictions?

Ari Weil, Akamai: Mobile purchases will be on par with desktop this year -- and mobile Web purchases will continue to outpace in-app purchases. Consumers are still not completely comfortable with the in-app purchase experience and are more likely to use mobile Web to convert. At the same time, retailers are still struggling to maximize the value of their mobile apps to drive usage and conversion.

In-store use of mobile will also continue, as many retailers
such as Best Buy have focused on tuning the digital and physical use cases for an omnichannel approach that’s channel synergistic -- not competitive. 

Use of HTML5 advanced features like device, location, orientation, and access to on-board functions will continue to catch on amongst mobile commerce players to enable engaging experiences, such as like AR/VR and advanced media.



How GDPR Can Be Your Halloween Fright


October 31, 2017


Halloween has always been a favourite time of year for me growing up in Canada. I was never really was able to put my finger on the “why” of it exactly. Probably the candy but, these days I taken to the habit of examining the things in life that scare me. Review the things that go bump in the night the we need to talk about in order to remove the fear. Ignoring threats does little to assuage fears.


One such spectre that haunts the halls of companies the world over is the EU General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR.


Have you ever taken a moment to wonder where all the information the you share online ends up? Who has access to your personal data, web surfing history or online spending habits? This data has monetary value for companies and often gets shared without your knowledge. GDPR aims to wrap controls around this sort of behavior.


GDPR became a going concern on April 14, 2016 when it was passed by the EU Parliament. This regulation is set to come into force on May 25, 2018. Do you have customers in the EU? Do you do business in the EU? Then this will apply to your company.



Block enemy cloud security outside the country


October 31, 2017


Security has become a necessary condition for business. Cloud security is even more prevalent because it provides effective protection against recent threats, protects your organization from future security risks, and applies the right security for your business and the likely attacks.


Two years ago, the notion of cloud-based security was not yet widely known and I was so distressed to explain "what it means to be cloud-safe." Someone even asked me if cloud-based security was a solution for protecting the cloud. As the concept of cloud security grows in popularity, abbreviations like Security as a Service (SECaaS) are now also being used frequently and more and more companies are asking for cloud security. This trend is due to the increasing threat to corporate security, such as DDoS attacks using the Mirai botnet or DD4BC (extortion bitcoin DDoS). 


* Authored by Akamai Director of Product Marketing Lorenz Jakober