Chris Nicholson

Akamai Press Awareness 03/30/18: The Friday Five

Blog Post created by Chris Nicholson Employee on Mar 30, 2018


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. McKeay on account checkers
  2. Blind spots in DevOps
  3. AI, GDPR and ethics
  4. Akamai & NSF
  5. Stop, drop and two factor



The Account Checker Knocking at Your Door

Security Intelligence

March 29, 2018


“Credential abuse and account checkers may actually outnumber legitimate login attempts by a factor of greater than 4 to 1,” explains Akamai’s Martin McKeay in this SecurityIntelligence story. “As long as users reuse the same login and password across multiple sites, account checkers will prosper. It’s an attack that offers little risk for a potentially huge reward.”



Beware the Blind Spot in Performance Testing for DevOps

March 28, 2018


Akamai’s Anthony Larkin authored an article for that explains the need for speedy update rollouts that are balanced with performance testing in DevOps workflows to help ensure positive customer experiences. “Faster time to market is important, but as important is making sure the customer experience continuously improves as well. Uniting cloud delivery with DevOps workflows and keeping performance in mind will put your business on the path to ensuring both faster rollouts and superior user experiences.”



The ethics of AI in the shadow of GDPR


March 26, 2018


In this story for CSO, Akamai’s Dave Lewis stresses the need for greater discussion around the ethics of AI and how data security and privacy will be addressed. “If we are the stewards of a data set, we should ask pertinent questions when dealing with that data. Do you just blindly feed it into an AI system? No, of course not.”



Faster internet, birth of a multi-billion dollar content delivery industry

National Science Foundation

March 27, 2018


This National Science Foundation (NSF) blog post highlights the NSF’s role in Akamai’s early days. “NSF-funded researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed algorithms to quickly deliver content via a geographically distributed network of servers, reducing internet congestion. The work launched a multi-billion-dollar industry, and two members of the research team founded Akamai Technologies.”



Why You Should Drop Everything and Enable Two-Factor Authentication Immediately


March 26, 2018


If the headline didn’t give it away, Martin McKeay stresses the importance of two-factor authentication in this SecurityIntelligence byline. “The reality is that no matter how strong your password is — even that 48-character one with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols — it’s not strong enough if your desktop or browser is compromised and your credentials are stolen.”