Press Awareness 01/02/15: 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:


  1. 1.     Using the Internet to deliver business applications
  2. 2.     Improving web defenses
  3. 3.     A primer on hacking
  4. 4.     Analyzing DDoS attacks
  5. 5.     Analysis from the Akamai Threat Research Team



More Business Apps Are Delivered Over the Internet

CIO Insight

December 30, 2014


The deployment of business apps over the Internet will increase considerably during the next year, according to a recent survey from Akamai Technologies. Much of this is driven by the mobility-driven demise of the traditional workplace, along with the need for greater collaboration and productivity. There are still lingering concerns, however, over issues such as security and app performance, and many CIOs will look to IT solution providers to address these issues.


"Trends such as globalization, telecommuting and mobility continue to drive the shift to Internet-delivered applications, and enterprises today are working hard to keep up," says Mike Afergan, senior vice president and general manager of the Web experience business unit for Akamai.


(See also Computerworld Australia, CIO Australia, ARN)


Web Attacks: How to Improve Defense

Government Info Security

December 26, 2014


"Nobody ever wants to be the first person attacked, because you don't know a lot necessarily about what the attackers do," says Smith, CSIRT director at Akamai. "But the more targets that particular attacker has attacked, the better knowledge base we have just as an industry on who they are, what they look like ... and what are their tactics, techniques and procedures?"


(See also Healthcare Info Security, CU Info Security, Bank Info Security)



CBC: Metro Morning

December 30, 2014


It is impossible to make the internet 100% secure from hackers, because there are so many of them and they have all the time in the world to scope out vulnerabilities. Guest host David Common spoke with former hacker Dave Lewis. He is now an internet security advocate with the cloud services company Akamai Technologies.


How DDoS Attacks Work, and Why They're So Hard to Stop


December 31, 2014


"The best defense is to have plan," said Shugrue. "Companies need runbooks for DDoS attacks, they need to practice DoS drills, and of course they need to investigate DDoS mitigation provider options before the attack takes place. If there is no defence in place it is very difficult to restore functionality to servers until such time as the attacker decides to let up the pressure."


(See also Macro Insider, Kotaku, Krebs on Security)


Cat and Mouse: Web Attacks Increasingly Sidestep WAF Protections

Security Ledger

December 31, 2014


Recently, the Akamai Threat Research Team unveiled a unique distributed brute force attack campaign targeting nearly five hundred WordPress applications. What’s interesting about this campaign? It clearly demonstrates how Web attackers are becoming more sophisticated, attempting to evade security controls – specifically Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) and rate control protections.