Press Awareness 12/26/14: 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. Leadership insight from Tom Leighton
  2. Assessing the true cost of a security breach
  3. Thoughts on Cuba’s “Internet Revolution”
  4. Analysis of North Korean Internet Outage
  5. DDoS Scrubbing in Japan

 


 

Akamai's Quarterly Meetings Feature Staff Innovations

Investor’s Business Daily

December 19, 2014

 

When Tom Leighton became Akamai Technologies' (NASDAQ:AKAM) chief executive in late 2012, he didn't have to overhaul the company's culture. During his 14 years as the firm's chief scientist, he admired the leaders who came before him.

 

"We were blessed that George Conrades and Paul Sagan set the tone as former CEOs," said Leighton, who co-founded Akamai in 1998 after serving as a professor of applied math at MIT. "They were both great role models."


 

What's the True Cost of a Breach?

Bank Info Security

December 22, 2014

 

As the world becomes more hyper-connected, and companies and individuals share more and more data, the financial incentives for malicious actors continues to increase.

 

But when you're thinking about securing your data assets and web site, how do you really know the value of what you're protecting? Akamai's Terrence O'Connor shares how to determine the cost of a data breach.

 

When talking to the business, the conversation has to be grounded in finance, O'Connor says.

 

"We need to understand in dollars: What are our assets, and then what is the impact if we lose those assets?" he says.

 

(See also Government Info Security, Data Breach Today, Info Risk Today)


 

Cuba’s Internet Revolution Faces Economic and Political Realities

MIT Technology Review

December 21, 2014

 

It’s an open question whether Cuba will build out public infrastructure and allow increased investment by U.S. and global technology companies and telecoms. “But if this does in fact occur, it will be interesting to see if they pursue a mobile-first model instead of investing in fiber deployment,” says David Belson, senior director of industry and data intelligence at Akamai, the Web-optimization company. Either way, such changes would require not just a relaxation of Cuban restrictions on Internet content, but also economic growth to support the new infrastructure and ensure that people have enough money to pay for service.


 

What happened to North Korea's Internet?

Mashable

December 24, 2014

 

It's unclear the attacks were responsible for the blackout. But experts concur that given North Korea's limited Internet infrastructure, it wouldn't be hard for pretty much anyone to knock it out with a DDoS. North Korea only has one link to the global Internet, and it reportedly carries less than 3 gigabits per second.

 

To put that in perspective, the largest DDoS ever recorded hit Spamhaus, an anti-spam company, with a flood of 300 gigabits per second."We're talking about a single point of failure and a pipe that is not very big," David Belson, editor of Akamai's State of the Internet Report, told Mashable.

 

(See also GigaOM, ABC News, LA Times)

 


 

Akamai opens Japan data center to ward off DDoS

Data Center Dynamics

December 19, 2014

 

“This new state-of-the-art data center improves network performance for our clients in Japan while significantly increasing network capacity in the Asia Pacific region,” said Sudeep Charles, a product marketing manager for Akamai in Asia Pacific and Japan.

 

However, the new data center in Japan is not just about DDoS mitigation.

 

“Locating another scrubbing center in Japan also enables more clients to access Akamai's global DDoS mitigation network,” wrote Charles in an email response to Datacenter Dynamics. “In summary, this center augments Akamai’s capabilities in enhancing web performance and ensuring security for our customers in the region.”

 

(See also Display +, Telecom Asia)

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