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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Akamai with Customer Value Leadership Award for the Web Application Firewall Market

Evaluation Based on Ability to Deepen Customer Relationships by Offering Superior Products and Services that Deliver a Clear, Demonstrable ROI

Cambridge, MA | August 25, 2016


Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, today announced the company has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan with its Customer Value Leadership Award for the Web Application Firewall (WAF) industry.

According to Frost & Sullivan, “Akamai is a ‘powerhouse’ in the WAF market. Akamai’s approach to WAF leverages the scale of its massive content delivery network (CDN) infrastructure while combining unique and proprietary web security technologies. The resulting combination, called Kona Site Defender, delivers a level of value worth noting. Though Akamai Kona Site Defender is competitive in the ‘price-performance’ category, the solution also excels in performance, enhancing value, customer service excellence, and growth potential.”

“Akamai’s high performance, easy to implement and simple to maintain WAF solution, delivered as a service, eliminates the need for large upfront capital expenditures and highly specialized security professionals for maintenance,” said Chris Rodriguez, senior industry analyst, Frost & Sullivan. “With intelligence provided through its data analysis engine, Akamai’s threat research team continuously updates the Kona Site Defender WAF rule set to ensure high accuracy of threat detection and reliable detection rates without wasting customers’ time and resources on false alarms.”

The Frost & Sullivan assessment further states, “Kona Site Defender includes WAF functionality as well as DDoS mitigation capabilities. In combination with the Akamai CDN service, Kona Site Defender can additionally accelerate and optimize Web traffic. Essentially, the service provides a value ‘triple-threat’: it improves application performance, protects against data breaches, and ensures availability.”

“The threat landscape is in a constant state of change and all online businesses need to be prepared to protect their assets, their customer data and information, and their brand reputation. Effective web security is no longer a ‘nice to have’ but rather a ‘must have’ in today’s environment,” explained Stuart Scholly, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Security Solutions, Akamai. “Being recognized for the value we provide our customers as part of their web attack defense strategy is important validation of our pioneering approach to providing cloud-based security against web attacks.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents the Customer Value Leadership award to the company that demonstrates excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on improving the return on investment (ROI) that customers make in its services or products. This award recognizes the company's leadership in enhancing the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and, ultimately, customer base expansion.

Frost & Sullivan's Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for outstanding achievement in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research.

The full Frost & Sullivan assessment of Akamai's DDoS mitigation solutions can be found at /content/dam/akamai/site/en/3rd-party-report/frost-and-sullivan-web-application-firewall-customer-value-leadership-award.pdf

About Akamai

As the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, Akamai makes the Internet fast, reliable and secure for its customers. The company's advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere. To learn how Akamai solutions and its team of Internet experts are helping businesses move faster forward, please visit or, and follow @Akamai onTwitter.

About Akamai

Akamai powers and protects life online. Leading companies worldwide choose Akamai to build, deliver, and secure their digital experiences — helping billions of people live, work, and play every day. With the world’s most distributed compute platform — from cloud to edge — we make it easy for customers to develop and run applications, while we keep experiences closer to users and threats farther away. Learn more about Akamai’s security, compute, and delivery solutions at and, or follow Akamai Technologies on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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