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 recognition for being one of the Top Places to Work in Massachusetts, security thought leadership, industry analyst coverage from the 451 Group, and commentary on the Internet of Things, among other coverage.
Following is Volume XLVI…
The Boston Globe
November 12, 2014
(…for Massachusetts-based employees, look for the printed Top Places to Work supplement in this Sunday’s paper)
The Boston Globe invited 1,660 companies to participate in the 2014 Top Places to Work survey. Of those, 366 organizations employing more than 336,000 people went all the way through the process, allowing us to conduct a confidential survey of their workers.
*Akamai ranks #5 among the state’s largest employers
November 11, 2014
Akamai has issued a security bulletin (PDF) about a new form of Domain Name Service-based distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that emerged in October, attacks that can significantly boost the volume of data flung at a targeted server. The method builds upon the well-worn DNS reflection attack method used frequently in past DDoS attacks, exploiting part of the DNS record returned by domain queries to increase the amount of data sent to the target—by stuffing it full of information from President Barack Obama’s press office.
DNS reflection attacks (also known as DNS amplification attacks) use forged requests to a DNS server for the Internet Protocol address and other information about a specific host and domain name. For example, a response from Google’s DNS server typically returns something like this—a simple response with the canonical name (CNAME) of the DNS address sent in the request and an IPv4 or IPv6 address for that name:
The 451 Group
The Akamai move to bolster its security portfolio shows that from a technology perspective, the top players in the CDN market are addressing evolving requirements for both fast and secure delivery of content.
November 14, 2014
The Asia-Pacific region is likely to be an early adopter for the internet of things (IoT), creating opportunities for Australian startups, according to Akamai president of products and development Rick McConnell.
“Overall, Australia is one of our top markets in the world in terms of revenue. While IoT specifically depends on adoption of IoT devices by end users, in our experience web delivery will map closely to what happens with IoT,” McConnell says.
November 11, 2014
“Your chosen IaaS provider may offer what you consider a significant number of POPs, but no matter how large that number, they’ll never be as distributed as your end users,” noted Gary Ballabio (@ballabio), product line director, Enterprise Cloud Solutions for Akamai. “Downtime is a reality. Architect applications to allow for failover to alternate regions, or even alternative cloud providers if possible to ensure availability.”