Press Awareness 04/03/15: 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. Akamai’s Global Expansion
  2. Christmas in…March
  3. John Ellis talks security with CNBC
  4. The state of the Internet – Part Deux
  5. Sharing (especially threat intelligence) is caring



Akamai double staff in Costa Rica

La República

April 1, 2015


Due to the good business climate and quality of Costa Rican human talent, Akamai Technologies, plans to hire about 100 new employees over the next two years.  In this way, the company dedicated to security and Internet data traffic will double the number of workers on national soil.


In the short term, Akamai seeks personnel to fill the management of technological projects, solution architects, specialists in web security and web developers. Those interested can apply on the website of the company.


Globally, Akamai provides support for MTV, American Express, Yahoo, AOL, Apple and Facebook, among other companies.  Although he prefers to not disclose the amount of investment, Tom Leighton, CEO Akamai, said that the growth of the company in Costa Rica is due to the "excellent results" achieved in just two years.


(See also La Nación, PCC Mobile Broadband, Infotech Lead)


Study: Mobile holiday traffic peaked Thanksgiving, hit low Cyber Monday

Chain Store Age

March 30, 2015


Mobile traffic during the 2014 holiday season peaked on Thanksgiving (50% of online traffic) and hit a low point on Cyber Monday (30% of online traffic). According to the 2014 Online Holiday Shopping Trends and Traffic report from e-commerce solutions provider Akamai Technologies, Cyber Monday still proved to be the most popular shopping day of the season, with overall retail traffic peaking at almost 13 million page views per minute (V/PM).


This new high peak of page views per minute represents a 16% increase year-over-year from the 2013 holiday season record of 11.2 million page views per minute.


(See also FierceRetail, telecompaper)


When it comes to cybersecurity, don't forget this


March 31, 2015


John Ellis, director of enterprise security, APAC & Japan of Akamai Technologies, says governments and industries need to focus on fundamental issues.


*Broadcast interview


China delivers most online threats; UK has best mobile data speeds

The Inquirer

March 27, 2015


Web Watcher Akamai has released its latest report on the internet and has tagged China as the most prolific global source of attack traffic, and South Korea as having the best speeds.


The State of the Internet Q4 2014 report fingered the glorious Chinese nation as the source of 40 percent of bad traffic. The US comes a distant second with 13 percent. China is often seen as internet-trouble, and its businesses, including Huawei, are occasionally flagged as potentially controversial.


Akamai said that just under a third of all attacks were directed at Telnet Port 23.Denial of service attacks such as the ones on Facebook and Instagram increased quarter over quarter, and Akamai said that its customers reported 327 incidents during the quarter.


(See also eWeek, SMB World Asia, Gizmodo, Computerworld New Zealand, My Broadband, InfoSecurity, Huffington Post, Computer Sweden,


Sharing intelligence against threats is a challenge for the industry, but it’s the only way forward*

Banca 15

March 27, 2015


Protecting your banking infrastructure for cybercriminals is one of the toughest challenges for Information Technology (IT) in the banking sector. It continues to become harder, even if banks are working tirelessly to protect both their clients and their assets. The volume of attacks is growing and new developments such as the Internet of Things means that the attack surface (the number of access points that can be used to launch attacks) is growing as well. This is not a theory, is happening and Akamai’s Security Operations Center has observed attacks from "things" connected to Internet.


*Authored by Rich Bolstridge, chief strategist, Financial Services, Akamai