Press Awareness 09/26/2014: The Friday Five

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This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward.

 

Highlights include news of a partnership with SingTel; the appointment of Doug Tilford as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Akamai EMEA; thought leadership from Akamai’s Greg Lord and James Kretchmar; and significant security awareness, among other press coverage.

 

Following is Volume XXXIX…

 

 

SingTel teams up with Akamai to offer cyber security solutions

Channel NewsAsia

September 25, 2014

 

SingTel and Akamai Technologies Inc. on Thursday (Sep 25) announced a partnership to offer cloud-based cyber security solutions to enterprises in the Asia Pacific region.

This partnership will help companies strengthen their ability to cope with the volumetric and application types of Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks and other malicious web attacks, SingTel said in a news release. The telco also said it can pre-emptively scrutinize, detect and block DDoS threats before they reach targeted web services.

 

SingTel's managing director for Enterprise Data and Managed Services, Mr. William Woo said organizations are more vulnerable to cyber attacks such as DDoS as they embrace applications such as enterprise resources planning and e-commerce. "The partnership with Akamai enhances our capabilities further to deal with DDoS, one of the most prevalent and damaging cyber threats, and provide a better customer experience through faster content delivery,"

 

(See also Computerworld [Singapore], The Straits Times and PCC Mobile Broadband)

 

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Akamai appoints Doug Tilford as EMEA chief

e-Commerce News Magazine

September 24, 2014

 

Akamai Technologies, a provider of cloud services that are providing online content and business applications securely and can be optimized, has the appointment of Doug Tilford as Senior Vice President and General Manager for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region given.

 

Tilford is from London direct the Akamai fast growing region and is responsible for sales, customer satisfaction, market expansion, business development and support of the partner draw. He will report to Robert Hughes, president of Worldwide Operations at Akamai .

 

(See also Executive-People, Infosecurity, DutchIT-Channel, Computable (nieuwsletter+website), E-Commerce News Magazin, Computerwelt (Austria), IT-Markt (CH), Channelnews.fr, Secuobs.com, Globalsecuritymag.fr, PrimaOnline.it, BusinessPeople.it, Equipos y Talentos, Computing, Computerworld, Comunicaciones Hoy, Redes Telecom, Total Telecom, Data Centre Solutions and Channel EMEA)

 

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Evolving Application Delivery to Address the Enterprise Internet Problem

TechTarget

September 23, 2014

 

[authored by Akamai’s Greg Lord]

 

For CIOs to successfully deliver applications to end-users within an organization, they need to understand the challenges in managing the Internet connection between an end-user’s device and the data center where a particular application is hosted – specifically on at the enterprise-level. The Internet was not designed to handle the demands and requirements of business use given the legacy architecture and logic of the Internet, the selection of routes between end-users and data centers is extremely inefficient.

 

(For more thought leadership, see Cloud Channel TV featuring Akamai’s James Kretchmar)

 

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New toolkit seeks routers, Internet of Things for DDoS botnet

CSO

September 24, 2014

Security researchers have recently discovered a toolkit capable of infecting computers, routers and Internet of Things devices to launch large-scale simultaneous DDoS attacks. DDoS mitigator Akamai Technologies uncovered the toolkit, dubbed Spike, about six months ago and has stopped attacks against enterprise customers in Asia and the U.S. One distributed denial of service attack peaked at 215 gigabits per second and 150 million packets per second. "It was pretty impressive," David Fernandez, head of Akamai's PLXsert lab, said.

(See also eWeek, Network World, InfoSecurity, Security Week and SC Magazine)

 

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Unix/Linux Bash: Critical security hole uncovered

ZD Net

September 24, 2014

 

The root of the problem is that Bash is frequently used as the system shell. Thus, if an application calls a Bash shell command via web HTTP or a Common-Gateway Interface (CGI) in a way that allows a user to insert data, the web server could be hacked.  As Andy Ellis, the Chief Security Officer of Akamai Technologies, wrote: "This vulnerability may affect many applications that evaluate user input, and call other applications via a shell.”

 

(For more security thought leadership, see recent Akamai podcasts at http://www.akamai.com/infosec and press coverage in The Globe and Mail, SC Magazine, CRN, InfoWorld, Web Host Industry Review and Dark Reading)

 

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BONUS:

 

Akamai Solutions Help UserJoy Accelerate Performance for Overseas Gamers

C4IT (online)

24 September. 2014

 

With Akamai solutions, overseas players of UserJoy, on average, double the speed up of the game load time from 60 seconds to 30 seconds or more, close to Taiwan.  Users load faster because in Europe, the Americas, as well as games from other countries there is an overall increase of 30% of login completion rates.  The degree of improvement in the Americas, South America and other regions is particularly significant.

 

(See also UDN, IEK and Network Magazine)

 

AND…

 

Spotlight: Threat Visualizations

Software Advice

September 22, 2014

 

The Akamai Real-Time Web Monitor reveals a broader range of data, including cities with the slowest Web connections and geographic areas with the most Web traffic. However, Akamai produces a range of Web security products under the Kona brand—so it, too, has access to threat data, and the visual emphasis on this map (from a security perspective) is on areas with the greatest attack traffic.

 

Of all the maps under scrutiny so far, this is perhaps the one with the simplest and cleanest interface. There are no laser beams or erupting neon threat volcanoes; there are just glowing, orange “hot spots” on a map of the world indicating those areas where network attacks are particularly severe. The worse the attack, the stronger the glow.

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