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:
- Welcome to the Akamai family Octoshape
- Don’t hate the player…
- All about the bots
- Even more State of the Internet
- Alessandro Livrea of Akamai Italy talking security
April 6, 2015
Akamai just made its second acquisition in a little over a month. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based cloud services provider has scooped up Octoshape, a supplier of video streaming optimization technology for over-the-top content. Octoshape is known for creating efficient transport methods for the delivery of video streams across the Internet, using standard media formats and players.
Akamai now holds the keys to Octoshape’s patents and products, which bolsters its own portfolio in the field of video streaming optimization at a time when streaming services such as Meerkat and Twitter's Periscope are rooting their way deep into the new media landscape.
"We believe this acquisition will bolster our strategy to further the deployment of Akamai software into devices, carrier networks, enterprises, and homes, and to fulfill the promise of an Internet that is fast, reliable and secure on any device, anywhere," said Akamai CEO Tom Leighton, in a statement.
(See also Boston Business Journal, Streaming Media, Web Host Industry Review, IP&TV News, Infotechlead, Advanced Television, RTT News, citybizlist, 01net.it, Digital TV Europe, Cable & Satellite International, TelecomPaper and Netzwoche Online)
April 3, 2015
The evolution and proliferation of mobile devices is exacerbating the complexity of an already extremely fragmented marketplace. Every device, browser and operating system carries a different video capability and limitation, and the complexities don’t stop there. Competing streaming protocols—namely, Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS), Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), Microsoft Smooth Streaming and the emerging MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP)—further segment the market, each working only with certain systems or browsers.
A well implemented player can deftly navigate device, operating system and protocol incompatibilities, as well as bugs and unexpected behavior, to deliver high-quality video regardless of the situation.
As organizations search for a video player solution, there are three key trends to keep in mind that can help ensure fast, reliable and secure content delivery.
*Authored by Akamai’s Frank Paolino
Security Week’s Infosec Island
April 7, 2015
Botnets are living organisms. They are formed by their creators – both malicious and benign – and then roam the internet. Much has been written about good and bad bots, but not much has been written about the lifecycle of the bot. Do Bots die? If so, when? What is the average life-span of a good or bad bot?
Nine months ago, The Akamai Threat Research Team published a detailed blog post describing a botnet which targeted vulnerable web applications. This particular bot was exploiting an already known vulnerability in a Joomla Content Editor (JCE) plug-in that enables the upload of unauthorized malicious files.
Nine months later, the subject of our post lives on as the team continues to observe the abnormal malicious activity.
*Authored by Akamai’s Or Katz
April 7, 2015
Two recent studies that look at the state of mobile and fixed networks show that while networks are getting ever faster, security is a paramount concern that is taking up more time and resources.
Akamai recently released its fourth quarter 2014 State of the Internet report. Among the findings:
- In terms of network security, high tech and public sector targets saw increased numbers of attacks from 2013 to 2014, while enterprise targets had fewer attacks over the course of the year – except Q4, where the commerce and enterprise segment were the most frequently targeted.
- “Attacks against public sector targets reported throughout 2014 appear to be primarily motivated by political unrest, while the targeting of the high tech industry does not appear to be driven by any single event or motivation,” Akamai added.
- Akamai customers saw DDoS attacks up 20% from the third quarter, although the overall number of such attacks held steady from 2013 to 2014 at about 1,150.
- Average mobile speeds differ widely on a global basis, from 16 megabits per second in the U.K., to 1 Mbps in New Caledonia. Average peak mobile connection speeds continue to increase, from a whopping 157.3 Mbps in Singapore, to 7.5 Mbps in Argentina. And Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Venezuela had 97% of unique IP addresses from mobile providers connect to Akamai’s network at speeds faster than the 4 Mbps threshold that is considered the minimum for “broadband.”
April 5, 2015
In this news segment, Akamai’s Alessandro Livrea discusses why in today’s information war – facing the threat of hackers and malware – no device is safe.
April 9, 2015
The ISRG's membership includes Akamai, Cisco, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Mozilla; the group is being managed by The Linux Foundation. The group's purpose with its Let's Encrypt program is to provide free, automated and open security certificate authority (CA) for everyone's benefit. Let's Encrypt will allow website owners to obtain security certificates within minutes, enabling a safer web experience for all.