In The News 2017

The articles, blog posts and newscasts mentioning Akamai in 2017

  • Cyber Security in 2017: Who Won, Who Lost, Who Freaked Us Out
    December 31, 2017

    Globally, 2017 saw cybersecurity become a key issue across all industries, and online gambling was no exception. Internet operators have long been targets for DDoS attacks , which have become more frequent in recent years, as well as more powerful and more creative, and this year, all hell broke loose.

    According to Akamai Technologies, the online gambling sector is now the most frequently targeted sector, accounting for more than 50 percent of all attacks. Gambling sites are easy prey, because it’s simple for cyber criminals to predict the sites’ busiest and most lucrative periods.

    Sportsbooks, for example, can be hit during the World Cup or a big racing festival, and poker sites during their flagship tournament series. The criminals know the chances are that victims will simply pay up and be done with it, rather than risk losing a major customer base.

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  • Security trends 2018: biometric hacking, state-sponsored attacks, daring cyber heists
    Computerworld UK
    December 28, 2017

    In an increasingly connected world, where the chaos of so many different events and actors, nations, businesses, consumers and markets, legitimate or illegitimate, it’s naturally tough to chart where things might be headed without resorting to educated guesswork. So read on for just that: where we see cybersecurity going in 2018.

    “The biggest danger facing enterprises in 2018 is organised threat actors,” comments Jay Coley, senior director of security services for Akamai – the company that claims to be the world’s biggest data aggregator after the NSA. “2017 showed us that businesses are facing criminal organisations, hackers backed by competitors and even nation states.

    “We’ve long suspected this would be the case, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that the level of sophistication and tenacity shown by these attackers is far beyond the opportunistic hacking many enterprises are currently prepared to defend against.

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  • Three Ways the Online Video Industry Will Change in 2018
    December 27, 2017

    Online video has drawn a great deal of attention over the last year, its convenience and competitive pricing make it an attractive alternative to traditional pay TV offerings. Online video services will continue to grow in the coming year and its user experience-focused innovation that will drive it. Here are three trends shaping the way media companies deliver their content online that will impact the industry and user experience in 2018.

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  • Three Things to Watch for in 2018
    Multichannel News
    December 27, 2017

    The media landscape saw steady change in 2017. High Dynamic Range (HDR) moved to the forefront and consumers took advantage of even more skinny bundle offerings as they continue to look for ways to cut or shave the cord. Artificial intelligence became more accessible and had a big impact on consumer interaction.

    The question is, how will the tides turn in the next 365 days? Here are my predictions for 2018:

    • High Dynamic Range Becomes Ubiquitous
    • Skinny Bundles Abound
    • Artificial Intelligence will enable better content experiences

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  • Building a stronger website
    Bangkok Post
    December 26, 2017

    The holiday shopping season is an exciting time for consumers as well as retailers looking to end the year on a high note. But it can also be stressful for online sellers if their websites, apps and infrastructure are not ready to deliver a secure and exception customer experience, according to Akamai Technologies.

    Jason Hatch, Akamai’s senior director for product management and web experience in Asia Pacific and Japan, likes to use an analogy from television to explain why website operators need to be better prepared.

    “Thinking about the shopping season, my imagination began to run and I couldn’t help but think about the wall from Game of Thrones,” he said. “The Brothers of the Night’s Watch try in vain to hold back the massive force aligned against them only to see their battlements fall.”

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  • As Videogame Hackers Try to Ruin Christmas, Watchdogs Are on Patrol
    The Wall Street Journal
    December 22, 2017

    Cyberattacks targeting videogame systems have become an unpleasant late-December tradition. In 2014, hackers launched Christmas Day attacks that caused outages on Sony Corp.’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Live service, which connect millions of videogamers to online-gaming systems. Would-be attackers threatened, in YouTube videos and on social media, to do the same in 2015 and 2016.

    Researchers believe they may have thwarted a similar plan about two weeks ago. That’s when another massive 650,000-unit botnet called Satori—which used code from Mirai—was taken down hours after the security firm Akamai Technologies Inc. published a report identifying its command-and-control server.

    Larry Cashdollar, an engineer at Akamai, is hoping not to work this weekend, but he’ll be ready if an attack happens. “To my wife’s dismay, I’m going to be bringing my laptop to my in-laws’ house in Maine,” he said. “Every time I leave my laptop home, there’s an attack. So if I bring it, I figure the internet’s safe.”

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  • Latency in Live Sports Streaming is Improving
    December 20, 2017

    If you’ve ever streamed a live sports event and simultaneously tuned into it on TV, you’ve immediately noticed the latency in the live stream. I’ve tried this a number of times and found the latency can be as much as 45-60 seconds.

    To get more perspective on the issue, I recently spoke with Alexander Leschinsky, Co-Founder and Managing Director, G&L Geißendörfer & Leschinsky GmbH, which provides systems integration and managed services for public broadcasters in Germany. Alexander has deployed numerous live streaming events since 2000 and has worked extensively on the latency issue in sports streaming.

    Alexander reports that not only is live streaming latency improving, there are actually now situations of “reverse latency” - where the live stream is running ahead the TV broadcast. This can be as much as 3-6 seconds and is specific to cable and DVB terrestrial delivery. Satellite delivery still remains closest to real time. Alexander said a number of factors have contributed to the improvement, including transitioning to Akamai’s Media Services Live version 4.0, and in particular, its “liveOrigin” features.

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  • 2018 predictions from Akamai MD
    Advanced Television
    December 19, 2017

    Following a year of streaming landmarks, such as NASA’s livestream of the solar eclipse, and Brexit and GDPR concerns, Mark Weeks, MD EMEA of Akamai has pulled together his biggest predictions for the year ahead, including:

    “In technology, everyone always wants to be one step ahead so, as soon as the holiday decorations go up in the shops, we’re already thinking about next year. But what’s 2018 got in store for us? I’ll give you a clue: it’s not going to be a quiet year. Technological leaps ahead, political change, major sporting events and an evolution in the way that we keep ourselves entertained mean that 2018 is going to be a big year for the Internet. Here are my big eight topics that I think are going to impact the web in the year ahead…

  • 2018 DevOps Predictions
    DevOps Digest
    December 19, 2017

    2018 will be the year that enterprises really get serious about adopting DevOps for a number of reasons. First, market competition is requiring businesses, from startups to well-established enterprises, to move faster to stay relevant. Second, developers now expect enterprises to adopt the latest DevOps best practices, tools and processes because they are used to working within these workflows. And lastly, businesses are more open to adopting technologies even before they reach version 1.0, as is the case with many DevOps releases. -Nick Tran, VP of Developer Marketing, Akamai

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  • Akamai Talks Content Delivery with StreamSpot Wired
    StreamSpot Blog
    December 18, 2017

    230,000 servers deployed in over 130 countries worldwide—Akamai Technologies knows a thing or two about content delivery! Akamai’s Jon Alexander joined StreamSpot Wired to talk about how the world’s largest CDN is constantly at work to provide the highest possible stream quality to all devices, and why that’s a great thing for StreamSpot customers.

    Alexander stated that Akamai's goal is to put servers as close to end users as possible to deliver content to guarantee the reliability and highest possible quality to all desired devices the end users are using. Of interest, he noted the highest traffic event for Akamai occurred earlier this year, delivering 60 terabits of traffic simultaneously. Wow!

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  • What Akamai expects from cybersecurity in 2018
    VM Blog
    December 15, 2017

    It's time for organizations to start planning our IT budgets and cybersecurity defenses to defend against the threats they will face in the coming year. But first what should they expect from hackers?

    Everything. This may sound flippant, but the truth is that everything we've built as the foundation of our security practices is rapidly changing. The rate of change will accelerate in 2018, with no indicators of slowing down in the near future. In 2017 we saw the time businesses have to patch their systems shrink from months or years to weeks or days. No one needs an 0-Day if they know your business doesn't have a patching window until the end of the quarter or that you'll probably miss one or two servers no one was administrating. We saw some of the biggest DDoS attacks ever in late 2016 and through 2017. The threat of a series of DDoS attacks that exceed 1 Tbps looms over us, in a very real sense.

    To prepare for this reality, here are some of the highlights that I think we will see in the cybersecurity industry in 2018.

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  • Making a Decision: Uncovering the process of IT solution adoption – “Bot Manager” solved problems, significantly contributing to bot management
    Weekly BCN
    December 13, 2017

    Japan Airlines (JAL), a major airline company, had a big challenge despite the steady increase in sales due to the benefits of inbound. That's an increase in bot traffic. Access to overseas district international booking sites referring only to empty seats and fare information not directly related to the purchase of airline tickets was increasing. Therefore, Akamai Technologies (Akamai) bot management service "Bot Manager" introduced. Controlled the traffic of the bot, received high evaluation in-house.

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  • Profiles In Cybersecurity: Andy Ellis, Chief Security Officer, Akamai
    December 11, 2017

    The job of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), says Andy Ellis, is not to eliminate risks. “Our job is to help our companies make wiser risk choices,” is how Ellis describes the new cybersecurity paradigm. The way he sees it, the chief security officer is an educator, helping business executives understand the security risks and trade-offs involved in their decisions and actions.

    Ellis is Chief Security Officer at Akamai, provider of Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, ensuring a fast, reliable, and secure Internet for its customers. For the last 17 years, he has worked in various security-related positions at Akamai and today he is responsible for overseeing the security architecture and compliance of the company's worldwide distributed network. I maybe going out on a limb here, but I would venture to declare Ellis the only business executive ever to be awarded the quadruple crown of the CSO Magazine Compass Award, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, and the Spirit of Disneyland Award.

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  • Preparing for the Coming Hacks
    TV Technology
    December 6, 2017

    As broadcasters and content creators distribute more of their premium content online, they will invariably come under hacker attacks more often.

    So says Dave Lewis, global security advocate the Boston-based streaming provider Akamai. His remedy is for broadcasters and content providers to hook up with a secure content delivery network (like Akamai), which has sophisticated cyber security tools such as web application firewalls (WAF) already in place.

    To prevent this from happening, “Akamai can provide a line of defense to ensure your web site stays online, so that your customers can be assured that they will have access to your programming during DDoS attacks,” said Lewis. “As well, our platform is extremely secure; making your content far less vulnerable to piracy.

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  • Here’s What the Top E-Commerce Brands Are Doing with SEO & Why Other Online Retailers Should Follow Their Lead
    December 8, 2017

    Another hindrance to getting more sales is one of the backbones of effective SEO: A fast and seamless website and checkout process.

    In an Akamai Study that polled over 1,000 shoppers, the following website speed statistics were revealed.

    • About 47% of all shoppers want your website to load in under two seconds.
    • If a page takes more than three seconds to load, over 40% of visitors will bounce.
    • More than 50% of shoppers say that they won’t be loyal to websites that take too long to load.
    • If your website loads too slow, 14% of visitors will just shop somewhere else.
    • 64% of shoppers that are dissatisfied with the online store they visit and its loading time will simply take their business elsewhere.

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  • How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online
    December 5, 2017

    LET’S FACE IT: the internet can be a nasty place. Between predators, malware, explicit content, and other bad actors, parents can find themselves in a never-ending cycle of doom and gloom as they try to fend off every threat their kids might face online.

    It’s a tricky situation without a perfect solution, and it can be tough to know where to start. There are parental blocks, antivirus software, kid-friendly browsers, and the temptation to avoid the stress and ban the internet altogether. But Dave Lewis, a global security advocate at Akamai Technologies, says the most important thing actually has nothing to do with technology: It’s all about having an open conversation with your kids.

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  • 1 million people watching simultaneously: The future of internet streaming with "DAZN"
    Nikkei Technology Online
    November 30, 2017

    There used to be many negative views like, “It is impossible to realize the live-streaming delivery of sporting events where more than tens of thousands of people are watching at the same time”, but that is in the past. What has changed? We asked Perform Group CTO Florian Diederichsen about the current landscape and the future of OTT for sports.

    Has there been any major technical progress in deploying the live distribution of sports on a large scale?

    The biggest progress has been in the "last mile," in other words, the spread of Fiber to the Home (FTTH). In theory, many users now have access to an internet connection from several Mbps to 1 Gbps.

    At DAZN, we use U.S. Akamai Technologies, the largest CDN provider. We have worked with Akamai for about 10 years, but even with the company's technology, and the capacity of the edge - the bit rate of the last one mile wasn’t enough 10 years ago.

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  • Cyber Matters: Seasonal Cybercrime will Accompany Holiday Sales
    WSJ PRO Cybersecurity
    November 30, 2017

    The increase in e-commerce sales, starting with the annual Black Friday bonanza and continuing through the beginning of new year, will bring a proportional increase in attempted fraud as cybercriminals seek to capitalize on a surge in internet traffic to cover their nefarious activity.

    “Attackers tend to get more active when the internet gets more active and some of that activity will be designed to disrupt the online commerce,” said Josh Shaul, vice president of web security at Akamai Technologies Inc., a content delivery and cloud security company. “Online retailers are very busy during the holiday season and will have less capacity for identifying attacks, and less capacity for identifying the fraud that results from those attacks.”

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  • How Does Akamai Lead the Next-Generation CDN Revolution in Current CDN Landscape?
    November 27, 2017

    The rapid development of CDN industry has been driving players to revolutionize themselves accordingly.

    The rise of the Internet has completely transformed the way people live. Information is now easily accessible in just seconds, but on the flip side, the increase in size of every web component, such as social network widgets, advertising and tracking scripts as well as web fonts, also makes page weight quite heavy and affects website performance – the bigger a page is, the longer it takes to download the required resources and display it.

    CDN plays an increasingly prominent role in speeding up the Internet. When it comes to CDN, we will inevitably mention the name of the CDN inventor and the world's first CDN services provider — Akamai.

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  • Advanced, Targeted Threats: What do They Mean for Your Bottom Line?
    November 26, 2017

    While there are different cyber-attacks targeting against enterprises, one of them is “Advanced Persistent Threat” (APT). The author has then analyzed how huge the business impact will be by looking into the costs enterprises spent on dealing with APTs. It is revealed that an enterprise may spend most on dealing with the damage to brand and reputation brought by APTs. Besides, while facing data breach, an enterprise also needs to spend a lot on customer and crisis management, incident response, and legal fees etc. More importantly, a research indicates that the average, global total cost of a data breach equals $4 million among companies. These show that enterprises are spending a lot on the business impact brought by cyber-attacks. In view of this, the author has finally stressed the importance of enterprises to employ industry benchmarks to evaluate their financial exposure and layered defense to ward off cybercrimes.

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  • When computers attack: Online criminals use DDoS to hijack computers all over the world
    The Boston Globe
    November 20, 2017

    It’s happening right now, somewhere in the world. The computer network of a company or government agency is clogging up, slowing down, becoming virtually unusable. It’s not caused by a defect, but rather one of the crudest weapons in the hacker’s arsenal.

    In a DDoS attack, online criminals use malware to hijack thousands of computers all over the world, then order those machines to send torrents of data to a targeted computer. The sheer volume of data overwhelms a system, preventing websites from loading for their real customers.

    “It’s the virtual equivalent of the sit-ins of the ‘60s,” said Andy Ellis, chief security officer of Akamai Technologies Inc., a Cambridge-based data network management company. If enough protesters crowded into a military recruiting station, nobody could sign up for a trip to Vietnam. In the same way, DDoS attacks block the flow of good data, shutting everything down.

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  • Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday and Hackers
    Huffington Post
    November 20, 2017

    I can’t help but, to hum a few bars in my head of, “one of these things is not like the other.” Even when dealing with the title of this post in a tongue-in-cheek approach, it’s hard not to see these items as being different and still, unfortunately intertwined.

    It is that time of year again when thoughts turn to shopping and deals, deals and more deals. There’s a deluge of emails that clog our inboxes trumpeting all manner of savings in a bid to have us jump online before the tryptophan-induced fog finally lifts. In those emails, and lurking online, are miscreants that are more than willing to separate you from your hard earned money.

    A few years ago I wrote about some steps that you can take to better protect yourself online on our own Akamai blog . Here are five things that you can do to better protect yourself this Cyber Monday as you click away in search of savings.

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  • Quality and Security: Two Steps to Digital Content Delivery Success
    November 2017

    The days when content providers simply offered linear television services are over. OTT (or Over The Top) video – along with games, news and events – has seen huge growth in recent years and now makes up more than half of all consumer traffic on the Internet.

    This presents a growing challenge for suppliers: how can they build a robust infrastructure that embodies the two guiding principles of content delivery – quality and safety? With expanding audiences wanting new content in ever-increasing volumes, providers need the ability to scale to an audience of any size. And it’s not just a volume issue. Users now demand a flawless online experience, and to be able to consume content how they want, when they want, where they want. To achieve this experience for their viewers, media companies need to optimize content, so that it’s fast, available, and secure.

    *Byline article by Akamai Regional Sales Director Martin Hellmer

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  • The Internet of Things could easily be the Internet of Threats
    Economic Times
    November 16, 2017

    The Internet of Things (IoT), unlike SMAC (Social Mobile Analytics Cloud), moved faster from being an industry buzzword to reality. However, what needs to be examined is whether businesses are prepared to fully leverage IoT.

    The McKinsey Quarterly for March of 2010 defined IoT as: “sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects—from roadways to pacemakers—are linked through wired and wireless networks, often using the same Internet Protocol (IP) that connects the Internet. These networks churn out huge volumes of data that flow to computers for analysis. When objects can both sense the environment and communicate, they become tools for understanding complexity and responding to it swiftly.”

    *Byline by Akamai Senior Product Manager Aseem Ahmed

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  • Setting the edge: Cloud experts sketch out how edge computing will evolve
    November 15, 2017

    Lior Netzer, vice president and general manager of Akamai’s mobile business unit, laid out a scenario in which a coffee shop in India that wanted to offer online content to its customers could have that content pushed to a local machine overnight, when fewer people are using the network. The coffee shop could then serve that content directly to its customers when it opens for business the next morning, giving them access to news and information in a speedy fashion that wouldn’t necessarily be possible if all those customers tried to get online and pull that information from the cloud at the same time.

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  • 3 Things Akamai Technologies' Management Wants You to Know
    The Motley Fool
    November 13, 2017

    In Akamai Technologies' (NASDAQ: AKAM) latest quarterly report, the company crushed Wall Street's estimates. Thanks to solid sales of cloud security services and a media delivery platform that's finding its feet again, Akamai's third-quarter sales rose 6% year over year to $621 million and adjusted earnings of $0.62 per share left the $0.59 analyst consensus far behind.

    Don't call it a comeback, because Akamai never really went away. The data distribution and network security veteran has grown its top-line sales by 25% over the last three years while free cash flows increased by 17%. At the same time, Akamai shares fell 12% lower and are now trading at a significant discount to historical P/E and price to cash flow ratios.

    Read on to get a closer look at three key quotes from Akamai's third-quarter earnings call, where management explained what's going on behind the headline numbers.

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  • Is Your Site Prepared for M-Commerce?
    Jive Blog
    November 11, 2017

    What are some holiday m-commerce predictions?

    Ari Weil, Akamai: Mobile purchases will be on par with desktop this year -- and mobile Web purchases will continue to outpace in-app purchases. Consumers are still not completely comfortable with the in-app purchase experience and are more likely to use mobile Web to convert. At the same time, retailers are still struggling to maximize the value of their mobile apps to drive usage and conversion.

    In-store use of mobile will also continue, as many retailers such as Best Buy have focused on tuning the digital and physical use cases for an omnichannel approach that’s channel synergistic -- not competitive.

    Use of HTML5 advanced features like device, location, orientation, and access to on-board functions will continue to catch on amongst mobile commerce players to enable engaging experiences, such as like AR/VR and advanced media.

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  • Akamai Introduces Enterprise Threat Protector Capabilities
    Enterprise Channels MEA
    November 2, 2017

    Akamai Technologies introduced its Enterprise Threat Protector capabilities in Dubai to provide improved DNS performance for customers’ using the service in the region. Enterprise Threat Protector is designed to provide customers quick-to-deploy and easy-to-manage cloud-based protection against the impact of complex targeted threats such as malware, ransomware, and phishing. It is designed specifically to address the “intelligence gap” in DNS infrastructure. Using threat data gathered through Akamai’s Cloud Security Intelligence capabilities, Enterprise Threat Protector is architected to layer critical intelligence onto a company’s recursive DNS requests, preventing users from accessing malicious domains and lowering risk for businesses of all sizes. The value of Enterprise Threat Protector comes from the solution’s ability to better determine the “intent” of a DNS request from the enterprise.

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  • Akamai Gives DevOps Teams More Control
    October 31, 2017

    When most DevOps teams think about platforms, it’s usually a conversation about some form of software sitting on a server in a data center. But many web and mobile applications employ a content delivery network (CDN) as the platform on which they depend most to run. Akamai Technologies is moving to provide DevOps teams with much greater visibility into and control over what’s occurring across its namesake CDN.

    Ari Weil, senior director of industry marketing at Akamai, says CDNs now play a pivotal role in enabling IT organizations to deploy web and mobile applications in the cloud. To provide DevOps teams with more control over those deployments, Akamai is committing to treat the core CDN as code that can be programmatically invoked in addition to providing real-time visibility into applications running on Akamai and simplifying the modification of applications in production, says Weil.

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  • The Sky is the Limit for OTT Service Providers
    Hong Kong Economic Times
    October 26, 2017

    The demand for OTT has been increasing in Hong Kong recently, especially for live streaming. However, in order to continually grow OTT revenue, we have to fully understand the characteristics of local audiences. They want the content they stream online to have minimal buffering, for the audio to be in sync, and for there to be little to no pixilation. Consumers also expect content to boot up quickly, and may stop watching if content takes longer than two seconds to load. In view of this, enterprises need high quality content delivery partners, which provide low latency network, so as to meet consumers’ expectation and drive the growth of OTT revenue as an ultimate goal.

    *Authored by Akamai Chief Strategist for Media Vincent Low

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  • The DDoS Attack Against Dyn One Year Later
    October 23, 2017

    On October 21, 2016, one year ago this past weekend, the customers of a company called Dyn found themselves knocked off the Internet for all intents and purposes. A massive distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) was underway and it had managed to render thousands of websites inaccessible. The attack specifically targeted the domain name servers (DNS) for the provider Dyn (now Oracle).

    Through research from Akamai Technologies (full disclosure, I work there) and the security firm,Flashpoint, it was disclosed that this attack was facilitated in part with the attackers use of the Mirai botnet[.pdf]. This was a botnet that was built out from a rag tag collection of Internet of Things (IoT) related devices. The botnet was comprised of all manner of internet connected devices from home routers to digital video recorders.

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  • News of Note – Corero, Bell, Akamai and more
    October 19, 2017

    Bell and Akamai Technologies announced a strategic partnership that expands Bell's broad portfolio of web security solutions for Canadian businesses with the addition of Akamai's leading web performance and cloud security products.

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  • The Corporate Renewables Market Is Ready for Smaller Buyers
    Business Renewables Center
    October 17, 2017

    Akamai Technologies—a midsize American cloud-delivery-platform company—is setting an example for how relatively small electricity buyers and buyers with smaller distributed operations can get in the renewables game and help grow the market. With more than 240,000 servers running in thousands of locations in over 130 countries, Akamai has a truly global energy footprint. To mitigate the environmental impact of its growing business, the company has set goals to source renewable energy for 50 percent of its total network of servers and to lower greenhouse gas emissions below 2015 levels, all by 2020.

    To meet these goals, in May 2017, Akamai signed a virtual power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Seymour Hills wind farm, a Texas project developed by Infinity Renewables. The PPA is for 7 MW of the project’s total 80 MW capacity, sufficient to cover the electricity load of Akamai’s entire network in Texas for 20 years.

    Akamai’s network load includes the electricity used by its servers and its share of the electricity consumed by the third-party data centers hosting the servers. By sourcing renewables to offset data center emissions, Akamai is tackling its GHG Protocol Scope 3 emissions—the greenhouse gas emissions produced by its supply chain.

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  • Flawless Digital Delivery
    Enterprise Channels MEA
    October 17, 2017

    While the Internet has been a core component of business technology for nearly 20 years, over that same 20 years, its underlying architecture and technology have scarcely evolved. While today’s global Internet has gained in speed and capacity over the years, by and large it still functions on a “best effort” basis. And in a world where experiences, applications, data and infrastructure are increasingly moving to the cloud or hybrid environments, “best effort” is no longer enough.

    Cloud delivery works in tandem with your cloud infrastructure – ensuring that the digital experiences, applications and data your business relies on actually reach your users and customers in a way that is fast, reliable and secure. Cloud delivery is optimized for the secure high accessibility of content, applications and data on any desired device, in any desired location.

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  • The List of the 100 Companies That Matter Most in Online Video in 2017
    Streaming Media
    October 17, 2017

    Our panel of 10 streaming media experts has spoken, and these are the 100 companies doing the most important and innovative work in online video today. Read our introduction to learn more about how the list was created. (Note that the Streaming Media 100 list highlights companies with headquarters in the U.S. We will announce our European Streaming Media 101 on our Streaming Media Europe site in November.)

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  • Akamai Unveils Intelligent Platform for the Internet of Things
    NewsFactor Network
    October 13, 2017

    Yesterday at the Akamai EDGE 2017 conference in Las Vegas, Akamai Technologies unveiled its plan to help manufacturing companies incorporate Internet of Things (IoT) devices into their IT infrastructures. The strategy revolves around the Akamai Intelligent Platform which will be used to support data transfer to and from connected devices around the world.

    Akamai says manufacturers, automakers, and other companies connecting to the Internet of Things will be able support millions of customer devices more cost-effectively by using its new cloud-based IoT solutions, rather than building out and having to maintain their own global networks.

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  • Akamai Improves Bot Manager to Defend Against Credential Stuffing
    October 12, 2017

    Among the most common type of attacks that hit the Akamai platform on a daily basis is one known as credential stuffing. In such an attack, automated bots aim to reuse passwords and credentials harvested from other sites and data breaches to exploit new systems.

    At the Akamai Edge conference on Oct. 11, Akamai announced an enhanced technology offering called Bot Manager Premier to help identify and block advanced credential stuffing attacks. Bot Manager Premier integrates bot detection technology Akamai acquired from Cyberfend in December 2016.

    "Pretty much everything depends on the internet today, and that means that pretty much everything is vulnerable," Tom Leighton, co-founder and CEO of Akamai, said during his Akamai Edge keynote speech.

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  • Akamai snaps up Nominum to beef up its DNS software security
    October 11, 2017

    Akamai Technologies Inc. said Wednesday that it has acquired Nominum Inc. , a Redwood City, California-based company that provides domain-name service software and applications for top telecom providers, for an undisclosed sum.

    Founded way back in 1999, Nominum offers an integrated suite of DNS-based applications that are claimed to “digitally transform service providers, while personalizing the online experience for subscribers.” The company’s platform is used by more than 100 telecommunications companies in 40-plus countries.

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  • How Government Agencies Can Beef-up Cloud Security
    Canadian Government Executive
    October 4, 2017

    In the last few years, we’ve seen various federal governments warning up to the cloud. For instance, The United States and the United Kingdom have both instituted “cloud first” policies with regards to the adoption of cloud technologies. The Canadian federal government’s Information Technology Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 takes a more pragmatic approach by providing public sector chief information officers the option to utilize on-premises tech platforms and well as cloud services.

    Despite advances in cybersecurity technologies concerns remain among government agencies about how secure the cloud is. However, there are numerous strategies that IT and cybersecurity leaders in the public sector can adopt in order to bolster their organization’s cloud security posture, according to Tony Lauro, senior enterprise security architect for cloud services provider, Akamai Technologies.

    Lauro recently discussed the cyber threat landscape and cybersecurity strategies for government agencies with the Canadian Government Executive.

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  • 5 Questions with Mark Ramberg, VP of Business Development for Media at Akamai
    October 2, 2017

    Mark Ramberg is a veteran of the media technology industry, having held various technical, business, and leadership roles at companies ranging from startups to the Fortune 100. Currently, Ramberg leads Akamai’s over-the-top (OTT) television business strategy where he strives to help media and entertainment companies bring the best quality, next-generation TV experiences to their audiences. Prior to Akamai, Ramberg led media business and technology efforts at such notable companies as Microsoft and Amazon Web Services.

    In this week’s “5 Questions,” Ramberg discusses the future of the OTT industry and what role traditional pay-TV will play in the developing landscape.

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  • Akamai Strikes Back on a Higher Level
    CSI Magazine
    September 28, 2017

    Akamai’s highest ambition though is to be seen as the champion of OTT video distribution, which Taylor sees as one of the major infrastructure challenges of our time. “We are talking here about the future of TV,” said Taylor.

    On the one hand, the traditional dichotomy between live and on-demand viewing is breaking down into a constellation of states where people are watching at different delays from a few seconds to a few days. This is making multicast distribution inappropriate because it only caters for multiple people watching given content at exactly the same time.

    On the other hand, the inexorable drive towards online distribution combined with the trend towards higher quality with Ultra HD is accelerating traffic growth.

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  • How to Get the Team and Support in Place for Your API Strategy
    Programable Web
    September 27, 2017

    Kirsten Hunter, author of Irresistible APIs and API Evangelist at Akamai Technologies, says when building internal organizational support, "The most important thing, the very first piece is to figure out what your business value is. If you don't know why you have an API, it's not likely to succeed."

    Hunter gives an example of using a social platform when "perhaps you want to increase the usage, or increase the number of places people can interact with your system." She says that "the biggest business value is often customer stickiness: when [developers] choose to integrate with your API, they are less likely to move to a competitor."

    Once the goal for building APIs has been articulated, Hunter says the second thing to think about is metrics. "This is critical when speaking with executives," she says.

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  • Hack Attack: TV and Cybersecurity
    Digital TV Europe
    September 21, 2017

    According to Martin McKeay, senior security advocate at Akamai Technologies, one of the reasons security has become a higher priority is the shift in business model from ad-supported to subscription-based, and the corresponding increase in the storage of personal identifiable information of customers.

    SVOD alone will generate 70% of digital revenues in Europe in 2022 according to Dataxis. It forecasts that there will be 80 million additional SVOD subscribers signing up between 2016 and 2022.

    “This has fundamentally changed the way media companies need to protect their businesses and their digital assets. It’s no longer a matter of ‘if’ a media company will be attacked, but ‘when’ they will be attacked,” warns McKeay.

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  • Akamai’s Tom Ruff: Agencies Should Adopt Agile Tech as Part of Cyber ‘Defense-In-Depth Strategy’
    Gov Con Wire
    September 19, 2017

    Tom Ruff, vice president of public sector at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based content delivery network and cloud services provider Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq: AKAM), has said government agencies should establish a comprehensive “defense-in-depth strategy” to protect networks from distributed denial-of-service attacks, cross-site scripting and other cyber threats.

    Ruff wrote such a strategy seeks to advance the use of adaptable and agile technology platforms to defend networks and internet-connected devices against security threats as well as “set security policy at the edge of the network versus solely in the data center.”

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  • Upping Your Website’s Game Doesn’t Mean Fixing the Slowest Page First *
    Internet Retailer
    September 18, 2017

    Conventional wisdom would have us believe that the slowest page on a website should be the first thing “fixed” when it comes to performance tuning. Well, that’s not always the case.

    A common example: The checkout page should be the fastest, best-performing page on an e-commerce website, right? The reality is, more often than not, the exact opposite is true. That’s not to say that the checkout page can or should consistently take longer than the two seconds the average consumer is willing to wait for page to load. But if consumers make it to checkout, they’ve likely made up their mind and will move forward to purchase even if they experience some lag (of an extra second or two—after that you erode customer trust).

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  • Akamai Builds in New Efficiencies for Online Video Delivery
    September 15, 2017

    As video consumption continues to shift toward IP-based delivery systems, Akamai is building new efficiencies into its Media Acceleration technology to help maintain quality of experience.

    The company is currently testing online video workflows that use multiple different network protocols used at different times at different points in the network. It’s what Mark Ramberg, vice president of media business development at Akamai, described as Akamai’s attempt to bring quality, broadcast scale and broadcast economics—where streaming video companies no longer have to pay per user to deliver bits—to video streaming.

    “That’s our north star of what we’re trying to focus on,” Ramberg said.

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  • The Good, Bad and Ugly of 'Bots' Online *
    The Hill
    September 14, 2017

    For many government agencies, traffic from bots - aggregators, scrapers, crawlers - can account for a significant percentage of their overall website traffic. This includes both good bots engaged in essential business tasks and bad bots performing harmful activities. Agency CIOs might know how much of their traffic is from bots, but what they may not know is the impact those bots may be having on their agency’s site. Even the good bots can have a negative effect on an agency’s website.

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  • 5 Reasons Why Device Makers Cannot Secure the IoT Platform
    Network World
    September 11, 2017

    The high accuracy of natural language processing, language translation and photo classification demonstrate the potential for applying machine learning to IoT security. Akamai, Cisco and Google have built post-platform security solutions to fill the perimeter and endpoint security and privacy gaps of mature mobile and web platforms using machine learning.

    Machine learning requires a lot of data to train the models. Google consumed one-third of the internet to train its language translation models. Akamai at any moment holds one-sixth of the internet’s traffic within its network that it used to build its Kona Site Defender platform to protect its customers against Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) and web application attacks. But there is not a trusted entity like Google or Akamai that has access to a large corpus of IoT data to train a machine learning security model to protect the IoT platform comprised of diverse platforms.

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  • Cybersecurity: Not Just a Flash in the Pan
    Business Today
    September 7, 2017

    Clearly, cybersecurity has become increasingly popular over the past year. The next step is deciphering what this popularity means. Little can be achieved through further dissection of the debit card hack of 2016, in which a hack hit major Indian banks, compromising 3.2 million debit cards, in one of the biggest ever financial data breaches in India. It, however, does gives rise to a point worth deliberating - that of 'collaboration'.

    A popular phrase is, "hindsight is 20/20", and the loopholes that led to the debit card hack now seem preventable. What would be worth ascertaining is if collaboration could have solved the problem? And what kind of collaboration - between individual corporates and governments? Should it be between government agencies? Should businesses collaborate? Should governments be the only ones who collaborate with businesses? What is an acceptable way out in a competitive global business environment?

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  • Variant of Android WireX Bot Delivers Powerful UDP Flood Attacks
    Security Week
    September 6, 2017

    The bot spins up 50 threads. Each thread runs until 10,000,000 packets have been directed at the target, and is replaced by the next thread. "It is possible," writes Akamai, "a victim could receive many more than 500,000,000 packets per a given attacking source. At these rates, a single host is capable of generating over 250GB of attack traffic per attack directive received."

    The attack rate is dependent on the speed of the delivering device and its network connections. "The code does not throttle the attack, and as a result will use all resources available on the device. We noticed our Android phone got surprisingly hot to the touch as a result."

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  • Azure, Google Cloud Skills More in Demand than AWS
    Computer Business Review
    September 4, 2017

    The Akamai analysis also found that the demand for cloud application management, particularly Microservice skills, had increased by a huge 114 per cent.

    Ian Florey, Solutions Engineering Manager at Akamai UK comments: “These figures are encouraging for young students considering a career in the cloud industry. The demand for increasingly complex and specific cloud skills is a sign that the UK is moving beyond simply adopting the cloud, to embracing the benefits it can provide.”

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  • Globe Drives Home Broadband Improvement in PH
    Manila Bulletin
    August 31, 2017

    “We will continue to change home broadband with better offers, more data allocation and overall superior experience. We expect Philippine internet to improve further by aggressively deploying leading edge network technology, to serve two million homes by 2020 with high-speed internet” said Sazon.

    Another independent report confirms the country’s steadily improving internet state. In the Q1 2017 State of the Internet report from Akamai, the country registered the strongest growth in Asia Pacific region in terms of “above 4 Mbps connectivity adoption” at 39% adoption rate, growing 26% QoQ and a robust 111% YoY.

    Based on the same Akamai report, higher bandwidth adoption rates more than tripled from 2016.

    Above 10 Mbps connectivity adoption, the country showed an 11% adoption, growing by 53% QoQ and a remarkable 330% YoY, while having a 6.2% adoption for 15 Mbps.

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  • Inside the Innovative World of Streaming Sports
    August 31, 2017

    Sports are where you’ll find a lot of the most innovative online video activity happening. In fact, sports have always been a leader in online video, with marque events like the NCAA basketball tournaments and Olympics driving some of the biggest live and on-demand audiences. For fans, online and mobile delivery have brought unprecedented access and immersion - watching sports has never been as much fun and convenient as it is these days.

    To better understand the rapid innovation in streaming sports, what lies ahead and the key challenges that remain, my weekly podcasting partner Colin Dixon, of nScreenMedia, and I recently interviewed eight sports leaders for a thought-leadership report presented by Akamai. The report, “Game On! How Streaming Sports is Heating Up,” is available for complimentary download.

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  • Big Google Android Phone Botnet Squashed by Tech Coalition
    August 28, 2017

    The botnet's composition gives it unique characteristics. "Mobile devices are highly transient devices and this toolset had capabilities to attack while the device was sleeping, on Wi-Fi, and on mobile networks," says Chad Seaman, an engineer at Akamai. He notes that this mobility allows the devices to launch attacks from many different networks throughout a day without the user being any the wiser: from the victim's home, from coffee shops, from various cell towers, from a corporate network.

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  • Three Seconds and You're Out
    Media Post
    August 23, 2017

    According to the recent State of Online Retail Performance by Akamai, retail businesses today face enormous challenges in delivering the fast, reliable, 24x7 omnichannel experience that users demand. And those users won’t wait around until it’s right. 53% of mobile site visitors will leave a page that takes longer than three seconds to load, says the report.

    The Online Retail Performance Report delivers insights into how web performance affects consumers and, ultimately, online businesses. The report explores the “magic number” for page load times and the impact of one-second performance improvements, or slowdowns, on conversion and bounce rates, as well as impact of performance on session length.

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  • Primetime Targets
    Multichannel News
    August 21, 2017

    Distributors are struggling to stay current with the problem as well. As the backbone of the U.S. communications infrastructure, cable and telecom companies are in the crosshairs of hackers on a daily basis. Attacks that take down their services can cripple businesses, annoy consumers and wreak severe economic damage.

    Sophisticated hackers can find a way to gain entry into company servers, stealing internal or customer data. In July, for example, Verizon Communications revealed that personal data for millions of its customers was exposed due to a misconfigured cloud server.

    “Twenty years ago, I had an ISP look me straight in the eye and say, ‘We build the highway, how you choose to drive on it is up to you,’ ” Dave Lewis, global security advocate for content delivery network and cloud services provider Akamai, said. “Unfortunately, that sort of mentality just doesn’t hold water anymore, and they really need to take these sorts of things seriously.”

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  • 'Pulse Wave' DDoS Attacks Emerge as New Threat
    Dark Reading
    August 17, 2017

    There may be another explanation for pulse wave attacks. "The attack is actually against a subnet range, where the observer is only protecting a portion of the subnet," McKeay says. "The botnet would appear to be going flat-out at a high rate and it would look like the attack was 'switching' targets, when that switch was either attacks owned by the same target that weren’t protected, or were owned by another entity and simply happened to be sharing IP space."

    Fundamentally, such attacks do not involve a radically different command-and-control set up than a usual DDoS attack, but it is slightly more sophisticated, he says. "Overall, we believe that this kind of attack is further evidence of the commoditization of DDoS and the continuing rise of 'pay-for-play' attacks," McKeay says.

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  • Engagement, Brand Perception Depend on Video QoE – Akamai
    Light Reading
    August 15, 2017

    A new study from Akamai released today offers more insight into the importance of video quality on viewer engagement and brand perception. The study also found that the business model used by the streaming provider influenced the extent to which quality influenced perception of the video experience. Titled " Bit Rate and Business Model ," the study used new technologies to evaluate viewers' reactions to video streams at different QoE levels.

    Most people in the industry I have discussed this with agree that QoE is critical for streaming providers. Various surveys have also identified it as important, though in a prior survey conducted by Heavy Reading, it was specifically buffering and rebuffering that were anathema to viewers, not minor fluctuations in video quality (for example, switching to a lower profile in an ABR scenario).

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  • From the Internet of Things to the Menace of Things- Who’s Defending Our IoT Borders? *
    The Australian
    August 11, 2017

    The evolution of botnets is one of the most significant trends that has happened in the cyber security space over the last couple of years. In 2016, the Internet of Things (IoT) was the trendy small talk in many living rooms around the world. But for Akamai, it was the year when the security risks of IoT devices evolved from being theoretical to becoming a practical problem, not just for consumers owning the device, but for the entire Internet. Whose responsibility was it to fix these “things” connecting to the Internet?

    The risk of attacks and vulnerabilities with connected devices is going to be far larger than first perceived. Our most recent data in Australia has revealed a sharp increase in local source bots, especially Mirai, a malicious piece of code that seeks out unsecured devices and commands them to attack websites and logins. By taking over a large number of IoT devices, Mirai is able to launch large scale attacks on Australian sites, with far greater force then previous malware.

    *Authored by Akamai Senior Security Specialist Nick Rieniets

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  • Five Things You Need to Know About Executive Protection
    August 10, 2017

    In general, it’s a good idea for executives to be vigilant in how they handle email. “A big set of scams is now the ‘CEO phishing,’ when an adversary sends out email pretending to be the CEO working on a clandestine deal, needing assistance,” says Andrew Ellis, CSO at Akamai Technologies, a provider of content delivery network services.

    “The more that your normal mail looks like this, the easier it is for adversaries to get your company to behave inappropriately,” Ellis says. “Modern email clients can make it hard to tell when a message comes from outside the organization, but not all do. Consider advising your company to tag, or change colors, of all messages from outside the company.”

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  • How Akamai Powers Employee Collaboration and Enhances Customer Support
    Jive Blog
    August 8, 2017

    Akamai is the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, making it easier for companies to provide the best and most secure digital experiences today and in the future. With over 6,000 employees, plus customers and partners spread around the world, Akamai turned to Jive’s Interactive Intranet and Customer Community solutions to power seamless collaboration across departments and provide online support.

    Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with two of Akamai’s community strategists, Kirsten Laaspere and Judi Cardinal , to find out how Jive is powering human connections both inside and outside the company.

    Kirsten helps manage Akamai’s intranet, called Aloha, which is helping boost employee engagement and improve global collaboration. Judi supports Akamai’s external community, providing its customers, partners and guests with an environment to learn, collaborate and share across industries and technologies.

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  • Securing a Cashless Economy *
    Economic Times
    August 3, 2017

    The merits and de-merits of the Government’s demonetization move have been discussed at length since the announcement on the 8th of November, 2016. eWallet use surged in the immediate days following the move, and has since tapered off.

    We, at Akamai, pulled out some data on the traffic that eWallet companies on our platform saw three months prior and three months following November 8th. Between September and December 2016, 94% of attacks were directed to the application layer of mobile wallets with the motive of stealing business-critical data. 76% of attacks in a span of three months, December 2016 to February 2017, were Remote File Inclusion attacks and 17% were SQL Injection attacks.

    *Authored by Akamai’s Anand Venkatraman, Regional Sales Director, India

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  • Meet the Company That Powers Streaming of Your Favourite Cricket Matches
    Gadgets 360
    August 1, 2017

    It won’t be an exaggeration to say that online video consumption has exploded in India over the last 12 to 18 months. First came the launch of Netflix, followed by Amazon Prime Video’s entry, and domestic rivals like Hotstar strengthened their content portfolio over the same time. The real shot-in-the-arm, of course, came when Reliance Jio services were opened to the general public, a move that led to reduction of data costs across the industry, and data consumption increased to the point India is now said to be using more mobile data than any other country.

    Akamai is a content delivery network that powers between 15 and 20 percent of the Internet’s overall traffic, and it also serves as the backbone of some of the most popular streaming services around, including Hotstar. Gadgets 360 caught up with a host of company executives and we wanted to understand how big India’s streaming market has become.

    “The way we see things happening in India today, in fact India has become, I would say, the core of doing innovation around OTT space for the world today,” says Sidharth Malik. Managing Director and Vice President at Akamai. “A lot of innovation happening in terms of how media needs to be viewed and delivered on mobile devices through Internet.”

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  • Prime Time Cyber: is Government Really Match-fit for Massive Online Events?
    The Mandarin
    August 1, 2017

    Of course high-traffic government systems are prime targets for hostile actors, as illustrated by attacks on the Bureau of Meteorology confirmed by the Australian Cyber Security Centre and attributed “to a foreign intelligence service.”

    The trend hasn’t escaped industrial-grade web content distribution providers like Akamai that have spent decades bulletproofing global online events like the FIFA World Cup, Olympic Games as well as the world’s biggest media companies and global brands.

    “From our extensive work with governments, we are seeing that site-availability is no longer at an acceptable standard. Governments are under pressure from citizens to deliver a singular digital experience — irrespective of the channel or service they are attempting to consume,” says Akamai’s head of government in Australia, Jonathan Schilling.

    “The experience of using banking or other online services should be identical to the experience of lodging your tax return, submitting Census Data or renewing your licence.”

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  • Akamai Aims to Secure Digital Assets, in Talks with Government
    Economic Times
    July 27, 2017

    US-based Akamai Technologies is eyeing to secure Digital India infrastructure and is in talks with the Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) and Central agencies such as Cert-In and NIC, as well as state governments seeking advisory to set up Cybersecurity centres.

    “We are in discussions with the policy makers as well as DeitY, Cert-In and NIC to see how can we contribute to Digital India vision and are in touch with some state governments looking at advisory roles to set up Cybersecurity command centres and build their infrastructure,” Akamai Technologies MD & VP Sidharth Malik told ETTelecom.

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  • Akamai's CIO Fosters a Culture of Expansive Thinking and Agility
    July 24, 2017

    Kumud Kalia has been a CIO multiple times over, at Direct Energy, at Qwest Communications, and at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. For nearly six years, he has been the CIO of Akamai Technologies a $2.3 billion global content delivery network services firm. Kalia is responsible for leading the strategy, development, and operation of the applications and infrastructure that support the company's business operations. As a CIO leading IT at a technology company, in some cases, his team provides guidance of CIO needs and validate the value of the products the company has in development. Moreover, he and his colleagues in IT have developed internal solutions that can be adopted by the end- customer.

    Among other areas, Kalia attributes his success to developing a culture that embraces expansive thinking and that is agile in its mentality and its approach. Both have been essential as the company has grown tremendously during his tenure, and its needs and demands for IT's services are different and far greater than they were six years ago. We cover all of the above and more in this interview.

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  • E-Commerce Secrets to Retail Holiday Success - Part 1 *
    APM Digest
    July 24, 2017

    Since forever, fourth-quarter holiday sales have been the key to retail success. It was true when retail was strictly bricks-and-mortar, and it is true now when online counts for a bigger and bigger share of holiday sales. Optimizing online web performance is critical to keep and convert customers and achieve success for the holidays and the entire retail year.

    Recent research from Akamai indicates that website slowdowns as small as 100 milliseconds can significantly impact revenues. Whether on desktop, tablet or mobile, consumers will not tolerate delays. Higher-than-ever expectations for mobile pose challenges.

    Akamai's The State of Online Retail Performance report lays out the challenges online retailers face. But it also illuminates ideal performance benchmarks that retailers can target to make sure shoppers stick with their sites, explore their offerings, and convert into purchasers.

    *Authored by Akamai’s Senior Director of Industry Marketing Ari Weil & Akamai’s Chief Strategist for Commerce Jason Miller

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  • Just 11% video viewership is on OTT: Akamai’s Reddy
    Indian Television
    July 21, 2017

    Video viewership is growing at about eight and a half hours a month at present, and is expected to double or triple over the next year. However, 89 per cent of video viewership is on YouTube and Facebook, and only 11 per cent is shared among OTT players in India, according to Akamai Technologies country sales manager Sandeep Reddy.

    Reddy was the keynote speaker at the Vidnet 2017 organised by The theme of Vidnet 2017 was: Will Indian OTT/SVOD live up to its promise?

    Revealing more inputs, Reddy said there are 150 million estimated online viewers at a time when the country ‘is in the middle of this revolution’ and this is bound to grow. The current estimate is that 60 to 65 per cent viewers watch online video in 28 Tier-III cities, and deployment is improving but not at the level of Mumbai, Delhi or Bangalore. “There is a challenge of reach,” he said.

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  • Akamai CEO Warns of Cybersecurity Threat in 2018 Midterm Elections
    Boston Herald
    July 18, 2017

    "Akamai does a ton of work in cybersecurity, protecting web sites and applications and enterprises from really bad attacks,” he said, “so we have a lot of experience and we can help the government so they can better protect themselves.

    “That was a key part of what we were doing in Washington last month,” Leighton added, “to try to help the government modernize their IT and be more secure.”

    There are currently multiple criminal and congressional probes of Russia's cyberwarfare campaign during the election, and the heads of the U.S. intelligence agencies have repeatedly warned of the continued threat.

    Leighton spoke following the groundbreaking for a new, 19-story global headquarters on Broadway in Cambridge. The 476,000 square-foot building, scheduled to open in December 2019, will house more than 2,000 employees currently housed in six different buildings in Kendall Square.

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  • Deep Inside the Internet Backbone
    Broadcasting & Cable
    July 17, 2017

    “[Live events] only happen once, and there’s no tolerance for error,” John Bishop, chief technology officer for CDN heavyweight Akamai, said. “Unlike the earlier days of on-demand streaming, when the occasional glitch was accepted, any hiccup in live delivery isn’t an inconvenience to the audience — it’s a disruption.”

    What Akamai and other CDNs are doing to make live digital video closer to truly “live” is twofold: First, make sure they’re able to ingest the content from its point of origin, as close as possible (with, say, the signal being picked up via a production truck or master control), in order to quickly transcode and deliver across the network. Second, coordinate with client-based software (especially video apps, but also hardware) to more easily communicate with CDNs.

    “This can help make sure the video is optimized for the viewer’s device capabilities, network type and conditions,” Bishop said.

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  • Companies Should Take Some Advice from the CDN Technology Pioneer before Going Global
    July 14, 2017

    In recent years, more and more Chinese companies have begun to focus on overseas markets for their future strategic development, while content delivery network is playing a pivotal role in these companies’ go-global journeys.

    The great market potential of CDN has attracted various cloud computing giants, such as Ali Cloud and Tencent Cloud, to the market, and this made the current market extraordinarily competitive – with a number of strong brands competing and operating in a single market.

    Facing the complicated and volatile overseas market, what are the challenges Chinese companies need to tackle? How should they ensure both user experience and business sustainability? What are the key roles CDN service providers play in improving user experience abroad? With more competitors entering the market, how is the future development of CDN looking like?

    For these questions, Akamai shares its insights for the Chinese companies who are set to go global.

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  • The 7 Best Launchers to Use for Game Delivery and Updates
    July 13, 2017

    Rather than simply focusing on delivering the game and allowing for updates to be made easily—much like other game launchers do—Akamai also focuses on the ongoing quality of it all moving forward. Some of the challenges they solve are ever-expanding file sizes, supporting large and sometimes global player bases, and handling periodic demand surges, some of which can be many times the daily average, especially upon first launch. They actively solve problems like long load times, reduced completion rates, and higher support costs.

    In other words, Akamai is a fantastic solution for game developers who want to do more than just deliver and update their game. The company looks at those things as surface level actions, and focuses on ensuring smooth sails by limiting the different types of problems that tend to arise due to latency, congestion, and bottlenecks. Their Download Delivery system isn’t just about deliver, it’s about being reliable and high performing, being able to deliver over 100MB file-based content over the internet, while maintaining quality standards.

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  • How Akamai Improved Their API Documentation
    July 12, 2017

    Akamai has made leaps and bounds in its API documentation since its early days. Mike Sierra over at the Akamai Developers blog explains how they improved the accuracy and consistency of their API docs in recent years.

    In the early days, developer teams were in charge of different parts of the documentation. The result was inconsistent usage of terminology across docs and out-of-date explanations because developers didn’t have the time to update in a timely manner. One of the early major changes Akamai instituted was putting technical writers in charge of documentation and devising (and sticking to) consistent editorial standards.

    For greater accuracy and consistency of documentation the team made the decision to move to RAML as its API descriptor language. RAML was chosen over Apiary’s Blueprint markdown-based language because RAML can be parsed more easily as a data structure. This made validating content and syncing with source code much easier. Documentation can be generated from these RAML files, which also means API docs can be updated immediately in response to changes in endpoints, data objects etc.

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  • Akamai to Host Girls Who Code
    SD Times
    July 5, 2017

    Akamai Technologies will serve as a host company for the Girls Who Code seven-week Summer Immersion Program this year, so rising 11th and 12th grade girls can learn engineering skills, update their resumes and LinkedIn profiles, and participate in a “How the Internet Works” game.

    “The imbalance in the numbers of women focused on careers in computer science, software development and Internet technologies continues to be one of our industry’s biggest challenges,” said Tom Leighton, CEO at Akamai. “Partnering with Girls Who Code is an important step towards better preparing young women for technology jobs – an investment, we believe, that is vital to the future of technology and innovation.”

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  • Akamai's New Solution to Address 'Intelligence Gap' in DNS Infrastructure
    Security Asia
    July 5, 2017

    Akamai Technologies, Inc. has introduced Enterprise Threat Protector, which is designed to provide customers cloud-based protection against the impact of complex targeted threats such as malware, ransomware, phishing and DNS based data exfiltration.

    According to the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a cyber-attack on a company is $9.5 million. And, despite the myriad security solutions currently in use to thwart attacks, malicious actors continue to exploit weaknesses and gaps, resulting in a variety of negative consequences for today’s enterprises. Recursive DNS, a critical but often overlooked part of enterprise infrastructure, can be one of these gaps. Even though a majority of software and clients rely on DNS to communicate with one another, DNS does not have built-in intelligence to determine if a domain being requested by a user is safe or malicious.

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  • Akamai Harnesses its Massive Online Reach to Fight Hackers
    June 27, 2017

    Akamai Technologies Inc. is working to expand its cybersecurity portfolio in a bid to address companies’ growing concerns about hacking.

    The newest addition to the lineup is Enterprise Threat Protector, a cloud-based platform aimed at fending off attacks that exploit the Domain Name System at the foundation of the web. As one of the world’s largest provider of DNS services, Akamai is in a unique position to tackle the issue. The credit goes to the fact that its content delivery network handles 15 to 30 percent of worldwide Internet traffic on any given day

    Enterprise Threat Protector, introduced today, draws upon the data that Akamai collects about online activity to identify malicious domains. Since it works at the Domain Name System or DNS layer, the service enables companies to block employee attempts to access a blacklisted site before a connection is established. The result is that hackers are denied an opportunity to load any malicious files onto their machines, at least via a link.

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  • That Spinning Ball of Buffering Can Harm Over-the-Top Brands
    Broadcasting & Cable
    June 26, 2017

    Saying that buffering irritates people is like calling water wet, but a new study commissioned by content delivery networking giant Akamai suggests the issues run much deeper than that.

    Streaming video quality and proper playback can translate to stronger consumer loyalty to over-the-top services, and have the opposite effect when things go awry. That’s according to a study outsourced to third-party firm Sensum that included the biometric feedback and other reactive measurements from a group of more than 1,200 people who were shown video encoded at a variety of resolutions.

    The study, which employed biometric measurement tools such as facial coding (emotional responses used to evaluate reactions) and skin conductance, found that negative emotions rise 16% while engagement drops nearly 20% when faced with buffering and other poor streaming experiences.

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  • How Midsize Cloud Player Akamai Buys Clean Power
    GreenBiz June 21, 2017

    In early May, cloud services company Akamai Technologies announced a 20-year investment in an 80-megawatt wind energy farm slated to come online in 2018. Once operational, energy from the farm will offset Akamai’s aggregate Texas data center operations, which account for about 7 percent of its global power load, according to a company press release .

    Renewable energy demand among large U.S. companies is significant and growing quickly, according to a December analysis by the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a clean energy trade group. The report found that 71 of Fortune 100 companies have set renewable energy or sustainability targets, up from 60 just two years ago. Twenty-two Fortune 500 companies have committed to sourcing 100 percent of their electricity needs from renewables, including Walmart, Apple, General Motors and Amazon. Alphabet’s Google expects to be powered entirely by clean energy this year.

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  • Akamai CEO Sees First Step in Updating U.S. Technology
    June 20, 2017

    Tom Leighton, chief executive officer and co-founder at Akamai Technologies Inc. talks about new U.S. security procedures and plans to update government technology discussed during Monday's White House tech summit. He speaks on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas."

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  • The Mobile Tipping Point: Nearly Half of Consumers Buy Using Smartphones
    June 19, 2017

    And so it goes with commerce. A report from Akamai about the State of Online Retail Performance shows conclusively that we’re at a tipping point when it comes to mobile’s role as a venue for purchasing. The report is a biannual study that aggregates performance metrics for leading retail websites and shares performance metrics from three different perspectives – IT, business and user experience – and explains how they intersect. It looks at third-party scripts and other outside factors that can impact performance and offers some guidance about staying competitive in an era when e-commerce giants like set the performance standard.

    As to specifics around mobile, data from the report states that almost half (47 percent) of all consumers browse via their phones and that only one in five completes transactions on mobile. The report also points out the many reasons that shoppers use their phones in the purchase process, from consulting reviews to in-store price-checking, and how mobile has become a critical tool in the browsing process. Although only 22 percent of visits to mobile sites ended in conversions, Akamai (and presumably other vendors of web performance technology) expect these numbers to grow. Their data indicates that retailers that invest in mobile, email and social see 30 percent more sales on average and 25 percent higher average order values.

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  • How to Prepare for the Next Generation of Cyberattacks
    June 16, 2017

    Today, cyberattacks around the world are becoming more prevalent and more complex. 2016 saw seven of the largest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks in history, and three of those attacks occurred in Q4. Hackers use DDoS attacks to render IT systems inoperable, and they are extremely difficult to defend against. The introduction of a massive amount of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices into IT environments further complicates cybersecurity protocols.

    But there are ways to stay vigilant. For state and local agencies, identifying web traffic within an IT environment, staying aware of common attackers and methods, and focusing on protecting the enterprise as a whole can help prevent DDoS attacks. GovLoop recently sat down with Tony Lauro, Senior Enterprise Security Architect at Akamai Technologies, to discuss the changing cybersecurity landscape and how to prevent harmful DDoS attacks and more. Akamai Technologies is a content delivery and cloud services provider.

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  • Global Average Connection Speed Jumps 15% in Q1
    Enterprise Innovation
    June 15, 2017

    “Increases in connection speeds and broadband penetration have helped enable the internet to support levels of traffic that even just a few years ago would have been unimaginable,” said David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report.

    “One need only look to January’s US Presidential Inauguration, which broke traffic records for live coverage of a single news event delivered by Akamai, largely thanks to the combination of more viewers watching at increasingly higher levels of video quality,” said Belson.

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  • Kaltura, Akamai Cache in on OTT Delivery
    MultiChannel News
    June 12, 2017

    Kaltura said it is boosting the quality of its online video platform and adding a “download-to-go” capability by implementing a “predictive” content delivery system from Akamai Technologies that prepositions some content on the user’s viewing device.

    Under the agreement, which integrates Akamai’s Predictive Content Delivery system with Kaltura’s TV platform, the joint offering enables on-device caching of certain content in the background, based on the user’s profile and history, they said.

    The result will allow for smooth offline viewing on any device regardless of network connection and quality, they added.

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  • Get the Most Value from your Spam *
    InfoSecurity Magazine
    June 7, 2017

    Spam clogs our inboxes every day with unsolicited offers for cheap pharmaceuticals and opportunities to earn money from home. While most people automatically delete their spam, digging through these types of emails can be an educational exercise for those of us in the threat intelligence industry.

    From collecting malware samples and tracking phishing schemes to monitoring for domain squatters and examining fake news sites, a lot of information can be gathered from spam to influence mitigation research. It can also be used to help report new campaigns and notify site owners of problems.

    *Authored by Larry Cashdollar, Akamai Senior Security Response Engineer

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  • Asia-Pacific Upgrading Internet Connectivity
    Nikkei Asian Review
    June 6, 2017

    Asia-Pacific already boasts some of the fastest internet connectivity in the world and continues to improve as its economies digitize, according to a report by Akamai, a U.S.-based content delivery network and cloud provider.

    Akamai's quarterly State of the Internet report covers connection speeds and broadband adoption metrics across both fixed and mobile networks, and elucidates emerging trends.

    Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries and regions surveyed had average connection speeds above 4 Mbps, with South Korea at the forefront with 28.6 Mbps -- the world leader. Eight countries surveyed had already achieved speeds better than 10 Mbps in the first quarter of 2017, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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  • Survey Says Average U.S. Internet Connection Gets Speedier
    June 2, 2017

    Internet connections are getting faster in the United States, but several other countries are outpacing it.

    The average Internet connection in the United States hit 18.7 megabits per second (Mbps) in the first quarter, 22% faster than a year ago, according to a new report from Akamai Technologies.

    That's fast enough to download a typical high-definition digital move in about 30 minutes. But the U.S. ranked only 10th fastest in the world. South Korea, with an average speed of 28.6 Mbps, ranked first, followed by Norway, at 23.5 Mbps. Worldwide, the average broadband connection provided a speed of just 7.2 Mbps across all of the 149 countries measured, Akamai said.

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  • Cybersecurity in an IoT and mobile world: The key trends
    ZD Net
    June 1, 2017

    Mirai has been implicated in high-profile, high-bandwidth DDoS attacks on security researcher Brian Krebs (September 2016), French cloud provider OVH (September 2016), DNS provider Dyn (October 2016), and an ISP in Liberia (November 2016) -- breaking records with attacks topping 1Tbps against OVH and Dyn. The Mirai source code was leaked in September last year, and it's probably no coincidence that Akamai's latest State of the Internet/Security Report identified a Mirai attack ( DNS Water Torture ) as a dominant feature of Q1 2017, affecting the CDN provider's customers in the financial services sector.

    "If our analysis of Q1 tells us anything, it's that risks to the Internet and to targeted industry sectors remain and continue to evolve" said the report's senior editor Martin McKeay in a statement. "Use cases for botnets like Mirai have continued to advance and change, with attackers increasingly integrating Internet of Things vulnerabilities into the fabric of DDoS botnets and malware," he added.

    Notwithstanding the high-profile, high-bandwidth Mirai attacks, Akamai's report noted that the median DDoS attack size fell from 3.9Gbps in January 2015 to 520Mbps by the end of March 2017 -- partly due to growth in the number of lower-bandwidth attacks.

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  • Development and Delivery: Live Streaming Technologies at NAB Show 2017
    Video Edge
    May 30, 2017

    Interest in streaming at NAB Show this year represented every point on that scale. At the top, we find Akamai's demonstration of liveOrigin using NBC Sports material. Akamai's Media Services Live solution delivers 24/7 live/linear online video capabilities to support OTT video service providers, broadcasters and telcos that are operating full-time television channels online. The recently announced update will improve streaming quality, getting it that much closer to the quality of traditional broadcast television. Media Services Live includes four new components, together known as liveOrigin, that offer broadcast-quality ingest, low latency, a self-healing network, and monitoring and reporting.

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  • True Parity Between Linear TV and Live Streaming? It’s Not There Yet But Getting Closer
    Sports Video Group
    May 23, 2017

    “Internet, for a long time, equaled ‘best effort,’ and best effort is not associated with television,” said Akamai Media Division CTO John Bishop during a panel session titled “Establishing Parity Between Online Video and Broadcast Television” at last week’s Streaming Media East show. “When you turn on a television channel on your pay-tv service, you expect it to work every single time. The internet didn’t align there. Over the last three years at Akamai, we have recognized that we have to get parity in the digital space with legacy pay-TV services or else there is a natural ceiling for digital and it will never go beyond that natural plateau.”

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  • Why Akamai Supports Let's Encrypt
    eSecurity Planet
    May 22, 2017

    The Let's Encrypt project has re-shaped the market for SSL/TLS certificates, providing millions of free security certificate to organization around the world.

    Among the many backers of Let's Encrypt is content delivery network platform provider Akamai. In a video interview with eSecurityPlanet, Andy Ellis, Chief Security Officer at Akamai, explains why Let's Encrypt matters and his view on the effort's real value.

    The Let's Encrypt project was originally announced in November 2014, and in April 2015 it became a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, with the first publicly available free certificates issued in December 2015. In a 2016 video interview with eSecurityPlanet, Josh Aas, leader of the Let's Encrypt project, explained his views on the effort.

    Akamai's Ellis sees the true value of Let's Encrypt as being much more than just a free option for SSL/TLS certificates, In Ellis' view, Let's Encrypt's big innovation has been making it easier for anyone to easily use and deploy security certificates.

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  • Growth of DDoS Attacks Slows, But Risks Remain And Still Matter
    Networks Asia
    May 21, 2017

    The risks to the Internet and to targeted industry sectors remain and continue to evolve, according to the latest State of the Internet / Security Report released by Akamai Technologies, Inc.

    “Use cases for botnets like Mirai have continued to advance and change, with attackers increasingly integrating Internet of Things vulnerabilities into the fabric of DDoS botnets and malware. It’s short sighted to think of Mirai as the only threat, though,” said Martin McKeay, senior security advocate and senior editor, State of the Internet / Security Report.

    “With the release of the source code, any aspect of Mirai could be incorporated into other botnets. Even without adding Mirai’s capabilities, there is evidence that botnet families like BillGates, elknot, and XOR have been mutating to take advantage of the changing landscape.”

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  • Seymour Hills Wind Farm to Power Akamai Technologies
    Commercial Property Executive
    May 17, 2017

    Cloud-delivery platform Akamai Technologies has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the 80-megawatt Seymour Hills wind farm in Texas. The company’s investment in the wind farm is part of its commitment to source renewable energy for 50 percent of its worldwide network operations by 2020.

    “Akamai has been seeing a strong trend with customers that value and demand clean-powered, decarbonized services from their supply chains,” Jim Benson, Akamai EVP & CFO, said in prepared remarks. “This project is one of several in which Akamai plans to invest to reach our 50 percent goal.”

    The wind farm is being developed by Infinity Renewables and will include 38 wind turbines across approximately 8,000 acres. The project is slated to begin operations in 2018. The electricity generated from the facility will be used to power Akamai’s data center operations in Texas, which account for about 7 percent of its global energy consumption.

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  • Cybercrooks fight over DDoS attack resources
    May 16, 2017

    Meanwhile, even smaller-sized attacks can still do a great deal of damage. According to the Akamai report, many businesses lease Internet uplinks of between 1 and 10 gigabits per second, so any attack bigger than 10 gigabits per second could take an unprotected business offline.

    And the capabilities of attackers keep expanding, he added.

    "Within two to three years, we might see a five to ten terabit attack," he said.

    With more criminal groups competing for access to vulnerable devices for their botnets, does that mean that we might see less ransomware such as the WannaCry attack?

    No such luck.

    "It's a different group of resources that are being used," said McKeay. "When we're talking about the ransomware like that which we've been seeing since Friday, that's a completely different breed than DDoS."

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  • Digital Performance Management Drives Business Value at Lowe's and Office Depot
    May 15, 2017

    Lowe's leverages Digital Performance Management (DPM) from SOASTA, now part of Akamai, to provide a single source of truth that enables the retailer to correlate insights across business groups as well as the DevOps effort.

    Lowe's DPM strategy includes aligning IT with business objectives via user engagement metrics, performance data, and continuous testing and measurement – all leveraging the SOASTA DPM platform. SOASTA also enables the retailer to perform real-time forensic analytics, not just on Lowe's own systems and applications, but on third-party resources as well.

    For Lowe's, actual customer interactions drive its decisions via its real-time visibility into marketing promotions and campaigns. An important benefit of Lowe's efforts is how they are fostering a performance culture, where performance can never become an afterthought. In other words, Lowe's treats every day as Black Friday – the most important day on any retailer's calendar.

  • Mother’s Day Goes Mobile *
    Total Retail
    May 11, 2017

    This Mother’s Day, U.S. shoppers are expected to spend almost $23.6 billion, an increase of more than 10 percent over last year, making Mother’s Day the third largest retail event of the year (after the winter holidays and back to school).

    Google stated that in 2015, more searches happened on mobile devices than on desktop, highlighting consumers' preference to use their mobile devices to research products and services. Mother’s Day shopping is no exception, as one out of three U.S. consumers will do their shopping online, and many will rely on their phones at some point during the process. One out of three online shoppers say they’ll use their phones to research gift ideas, and one out of five will use their devices to complete the purchase. Google also noted that there has been a 34-time increase in “near me” searches, with over 80 percent of these coming from mobile. Therefore, mobile is not only a key part of driving traffic to your digital properties, but also crucial to driving foot traffic in-store.

    If you focus on these stats, it’s tempting to assume that, at least partly thanks to mobile, this will be a banner year for online retailers. However, there’s a catch: the bar for consumer expectations continues to rise. For example, a 100-millisecond delay in load time can decrease mobile conversion rates by up to 7 percent, and a two-second delay can increase bounce rates by 103 percent.

    This data comes from Akamai’s new "State of Online Retail Performance" report, which analyzes the performance of retail sites from 10 billion online transactions.

    *Authored by Akamai Chief Strategist for Commerce, Jason Miller

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  • Akamai's Growing Role in Boston Tech
    May 8, 2017

    Tom Leighton, Akamai's chief executive officer, discusses the company's growing role in Boston's tech scene. He speaks with Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde on "Bloomberg Technology."

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  • Harari GS ’73 and Leighton ’78 inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame
    The Daily Princetonian
    May 4, 2017

    Leighton graduated from the University with highest honors in the electrical engineering and computer science departments. Leighton, along with his partner Daniel Lewin, invented a means of efficiently copying and distributing content over wide areas and large networks of servers. Leighton and Lewin founded Akamai Technologies, which works in content delivery, the same area as Leighton and Lewin’s invention.

    "It was quite an honor and very exciting. [It was] really a testament to the hard work of thousands of people at Akamai over the past couple of decades that really made this recognition possible," Leighton said.

    Leighton said that his ultimate goal was to make the internet faster, more reliable, and more secure.

    "I began to get interested in the process around internet congestion, and how could we get the internet to work better, and ultimately that lead to the creation of a company, Akamai, to make that happen," he explained.

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  • Netflix Incident a Sign of Increase in Cyber Extortion Campaigns
    Dark Reading
    May 3, 2017

    Meg Grady-Troia, web security product marketing manager at Akamai, says paying a ransom doesn’t necessarily guarantee a chosen outcome. "So doing separate analysis of the request for payment and the real threat is critical for any organization."

    Akamai’s customers have seen a lot of extortion letters, threatening a DDoS attack if a specified amount of bitcoin is not deposited to an identified wallet by a certain time, she says. These letters have come from a number of groups, including DD4BC, Armada Collective, Lizard Squad, XMR Squad, and others. Often though, there is very little follow-through.

    "Some of these DDoS extortion letters are merely profit-making schemes, while some are serious operations with the resources to damage a business," says Grady-Troia.

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  • Fast and safe frontend fixes *
    April 20, 2017

    Security and Performance are both considered to be two separate goals, as one can often negatively impact the other. We see various security solutions – whether implemented at the frontend or backend – slowing down the performance of sites. And vice versa: we see certain performance techniques leaving sites more vulnerable to security threats. In the face of these challenges we need to make sure that our sites are adapting to the needs of the customers.

    Every year, we see an increase in security attacks in many different areas (for example, in finance and healthcare ) and we can only expect this rise in threats to continue with the Internet of Things ( IoT ). This increase is can be attributed to an escalation in web traffic, with resulting high volume/high load situations which motivate us to more closely focus on performance. It is also due to the growth in the number of third party resources being leveraged on sites today – not only do they introduce potential security holes such as delivering malware and/or malicious code from third party attackers, but they can slow down the site and delay content parsing/loading.

    *Co-authored by Akamai Solutions Architects Sabrina Burney and Sonia Burney

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  • Marketers Losing Millions from Slow-Loading Web Site Pages
    April 20, 2017

    Most marketers know that the more slowly a Web site page loads in a browser, the more it can hurt the company's bottom line, but new data reveals that the negative impact can occur much earlier than expected.

    Slow loading pages with a 100-milisecond delay had major consequences in the ways that consumers interacted with Web sites and pages when on smartphones and tablets, with conversion rates falling 7% and nearly 4%, respectively, according to a report released by Akamai on behalf of SOASTA. The impact of a 2-millisecond delay on conversion rates jumped to 36.5% on desktop and 26.2% on smartphones.

    The insights come from the State of Online Retail Performance report, which details the time it takes for retail Web site pages to load in a browser and the effect on sales and bounce rates. The one-months-worth of anonymized beacon data came from Akamai customer retail Web sites based on permissions. SOASTA analyzed the data.

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  • Akamai Announces Broadcast-Quality Live Linear Streaming Solution
    Streaming Media
    April 18, 2017

    2016 was an explosive time for line online video, and at NAB several companies will catch up with that growth. Last week, Brightcove announced a live video platform designed to make launching channels easier. Today, content delivery network Akamai announces the next version of its Media Services Live system, featuring a new addition called Media Services Live LiveOrigin. With LiveOrigin, Akamai promises over-the-top (OTT) providers, broadcasters, and telcos can give customers the same reliability they get with broadcast channels in 24/7 live linear online streams.

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  • New Breed of DDoS Attack on the Rise
    Dark Reading
    April 13, 2017

    Over the years, threat actors have abused a variety of services including DNS, SNMP, and NTP to enable and amplify distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against their targets.

    A new method that appears to be gaining favor among attackers involves the abuse of Connectionless LDAP, a version of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol that many organizations rely on for directory services such as accessing usernames and passwords from Microsoft's Windows Active Directory.

    In an advisory Wednesday, content delivery network and cloud services provider Akamai Networks reported encountering and mitigating at least 50 CLDAP reflection-attacks against its customers since last October.

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  • What is to be done with Security in the Channel?
    Computer Weekly
    April 11, 2017

    But while technologies are clearly key, the holistic approach to data security is important too. Dave Lewis, an infosecurity consultant and global security advocate at data delivery optimisation vendor Akamai, said: “Organisations do need help to find what security they're looking for and we need less of the system administrator versus the users approach. The system admin should not be seen as the enemy by the users, stopping them from doing what they need to do, and the users must not be viewed as stupid by the system admin.

    “Every person in the organisation should effectively be part of the cybersecurity team, all working together to prevent and mitigate threats.”

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  • How to survive in the Wild West of the Internet of Things
    The Mandarin
    April 4, 2017

    Technologists see effective protection from IoT as requiring a combination of technological controls and outcomes-based risk assessments. Both are based on the idea that, for now, the IoT endpoint is a lost cause.

    “There is a rush by vendors to add features and delete cost – and the byproduct is that a lot of IoT devices have been released without any meaningful security controls,” explains Nick Rieniets, senior security specialist for Asia Pacific and Japan with infrastructure provider Akamai Technologies. “So if you’ve got a security camera on your network and you can’t change the password to that camera, it’s going to get infected.”

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  • How can HTTP/2 improve results for online retailers?
    Internet Retailer
    April 2, 2017

    In today’s web, consumers interact with websites on many different devices and connection types such as 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi. Consumers’ expectations for site performance continue to set the bar higher and no matter the device or network, waiting more than a few seconds for a page to load is unacceptable.

    HTTP/2 (h2) aims to improve this experience.

    What is HTTP/2?

    HTTP/2 is the newest version of HTTP, a network protocol that stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. HTTP is one of the foundations of data communication on the web and has been in use for more than 20 years. So, whether you realize it or not, each time you open your browser and view a web page, you are using it in the background.

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  • Akamai is Buying Performance Analytics Vendor SOASTA
    Internet Retailer
    March 29, 2017

    Akamai Technologies Inc. , one of the largest e-retail content delivery network and security providers, is purchasing performance analytics vendor SOASTA Inc. Akamai did not disclose the purchase price, but says the all-cash transaction is expected to close early in the second quarter.

    Akamai says the acquisition will give Akamai customers greater visibility into the business impact of their website and app performance.

    With the acquisition, Akamai plans to enable its customers to measure how consumers experience their apps and sites and how that shapes their behavior. This will help Akamai clients prioritize performance optimization strategies, Akamai says. Using SOASTA technology, Akamai customers also will be able to test improvements before going live and measure results after implementing changes.

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  • Akamai Improves OTT Experiences with Media Acceleration Capabilities
    Sports Video Group
    March 28, 2017

    Akamai Technologies announced the availability of Akamai Media Acceleration, which is designed to improve viewing experiences for over-the-top (OTT) video consumers and accelerate video game and other software downloads. Media Acceleration marks a significant milestone in the evolution of Akamai’s content delivery capabilities in moving to a consumer-centric approach to online video and software distribution. Technology is integrated directly into consumer applications to optimize the experience for each individual end user.

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  • Streaming Sports: All Signs Point to a Continued Full Court Press
    March 23, 2017

    It’s clear from the skyrocketing number of viewers watching NCAA Division I tourney online that streaming of live sports is only going up from here. NCAA March Madness Live app, managed by Turner Sports in partnership with CBS Sports and the NCAA, generated an all-time record 69.1mln live streams through the first Sunday of the tournament, an increase of +24% over last year.

    TV has set the benchmark for streaming, Akamai CTO John Bishop told CFX. “There’s always been that 45-60 second behind line. That’s just been kind of the nature of the Internet. When you look at why, it’s largely because the pieces were fragile and immature in the supply chain. Every little element that was touching a lot of the bits created its own little safety net—and safety net in our world means buffer,” Bishop said, adding that as Akamai has expanded its investments the system has become more cohesive.

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  • 7 reasons why cloud-based security makes sense *
    Government Computer News
    March 22, 2017

    The 1996 denial of service attack on New York internet service provider Panix first alerted organizations to security threats online. The threat landscape has changed dramatically since then, however. Starting at the network layer and moving to applications, the range of possible attack vectors continues to expand with no end in sight. Legacy security solutions are no longer as effective, and on-premises hardware can lack sufficient scale and performance to protect internet-facing application infrastructures as they grow. As government agencies move more of their operations online, they need a cloud-based security solution that can defend their websites and other internet-facing applications, safeguard business and customer data and protect their brand image.

    Cloud-based security solutions provide a new approach to detecting and mitigating security threats. Here, agencies deploy a third-party cloud platform in front of their private infrastructure and inline between remote users and their websites and applications. The cloud security provider can examine network traffic for known attack patterns and pass only legitimate traffic through to the application. This allows the solution to stop attacks in the cloud before they reach the target agency’s data center or applications.

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  • Maximizing Peak Period Revenues: A 3-Step Guide*
    Retail TouchPoints
    March 14, 2017

    The peak holiday period from November through December is increasingly critical for global retailers as their best opportunity of the year to acquire customers and revenues.  Despite numerous reports citing consumers revolting against the pull of commerce holidays, this year saw  new records  set for both purchase volume and turnover revenue transacted. Companies who were the biggest winners this holiday season had three critical success factors in common:

    1. Killer Deals
    2. Mobility
    3. Customer Convenience 
    Let’s dig into the holiday data and explore how these three areas of focus helped companies succeed this holiday season.

    Don’t Let Killer Deals Make Your User Experience Dead On Arrival (DOA)
    In China, Alibaba,  the leading Singles’ Day retailer , turned over $1 billion in sales in the first five minutes of activity, and $17.8 billion in total, which surpassed last year’s record of $14.3 billion by 24%. While Western holiday results missed the 14% year-over-year projections for growth, online commerce reached $69 billion (13% growth) with  mobile transactions growing 60% . In fact,  56% of smartphone owners and 53% of tablet owners used their devices to assist with weekend shopping activitiesaccording to National Retail Federation . These results proved that holiday peak periods continue to represent conversion and revenue opportunities for retailers.

    *Authored by Akamai’s Senior Director of Industry Marketing Ari Weil

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  • AT&T, Akamai Renew Alliance Through 2019, Enhance Cloud Portfolio for Businesses
    March 13, 2017

    AT&T has renewed its global alliance with Akamai through 2019, enhancing its cloud service lineup with additional media delivery and web security services for business customers.

    By renewing this alliance, AT&T’s global business customers will continue to get access to Akamai services as part of a broader portfolio of cloud and network solutions.

    “The use of AT&T IP networks and AT&T Security Services along with Akamai CDN and related web security services is a powerful one,” said Mo Katibeh, SVP of AT&T advanced solutions, in a release. “Collectively, they form the underpinnings of the secure infrastructure that can help enterprises thrive in today's massively connected and distributed world."

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  • Protecting the Enterprise Against Mobile Threats
    March 10, 2017

    The device itself is one reason the mobile threat landscape is changing directions, said Josh Shaul, vice president of web security at Akamai. "How does that thing in the conference room turn into a covert listening device accessing my intellectual property and everything else?"

    When users load that game onto their phone, they are giving access to the camera, microphone, calendar, and contacts without thinking about what they are loading onto the phone.

    "The outlier is who we worry about," Shaul said. "Folks put bad software on there that can be used to spy on people through their mobile devices. It's not hard to do that particularly when they overtly ask for and are granted permission."

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  • Global Average Internet Connection Speed Rises 26 Percent in 4Q16
    Enterprise Networking Planet
    March 9, 2017

    Akamai Technologies' Fourth Quarter 2016 State of the Internet Report was released on March 8, providing insight into the latest trends of global internet connectivity.

    In particular, Akamai identified a growing global trend for broadband connectivity of 25 Mbps, with 10 percent of all connections to Akamai's global platform in 4Q16, up by 45 percent on a year-over-year basis.

    "Internet connection speeds continued to show positive long-term trends around the world, with particularly strong year-over-year increases across all broadband adoption metrics,” David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report, said in a statement.

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  • Survey Indicates Federal Employees See Their Agencies Becoming More Resilient as Cyberattack Threat Grows
    Government Security News
    March 9, 2017

    “Government has been doing a great job in making cybersecurity a priority,” said Tom Ruff, the vice president for Akamai’s Public Sector-Americas division who helped analyze the survey’s results. “Agencies are prepared as much as they can be, given the rapidly evolving landscape.”

    Ruff has more than 30 years of experience in IT, having held numerous executive positions in Fortune 500 companies before becoming Akamai’s leader in selling IT and cybersecurity solutions to government agencies.

    While most employees feel good about their department’s resiliency, they also indicated there are a few areas for improvement. Most notably, employees are concerned about an overreliance on internal IT offices to handle attacks, and they’re also not sure what they need to do during an attack.

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  • Akamai Announces New Capabilities of Ion
    Networks Asia
    March 9, 2017

    Akamai Technologies, Inc. has unveiled several major advances that are intended to help solve key mobile performance challenges.

    The latest version of Akamai Ion , the company’s flagship Web Performance Solution, is designed to make it easier than ever to deliver compelling online experiences by leveraging the company’s new learning engine-based optimizations.

    Akamai will also enable developers to deliver near instant mobile app experiences by using its new software development kit (SDK).

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  • Akamai behind GRAMMY Live
    Advanced Television
    March 2, 2017

    The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Live online programming, the official companion to the recent 59th GRAMMY Awards television broadcast, leveraged Akamai Technologies, a global player in content delivery network (CDN) services, to offer viewers a unique, immersive digital experience on Music’s Biggest Night. Akamai helped The Recording Academy successfully deliver the evening’s coverage while meeting its goal of live streaming the video at higher quality than ever before using Akamai’s Media Services Live solutions.

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  • Akamai Unveils New Mobile Optimizations for Video Delivery
    February 28, 2017

    Amid Netflix’s pledge to eradicate buffering, CDN provider Akamai Technologies is taking steps to improve video performance on mobile devices.

    Akamai is introducing new features for its Ion Web performance platform that are designed to improve mobile video experiences.

    The new changes to the platform will use the Akamai’s new learning engine-based optimizations and a new SDK to improve mobile app experiences.

    The new version of Ion will feature automated performance optimization including something the company calls "Adaptive Acceleration," which is designed to automatically determine the optimal time to push content and pre-connect to third-party resources.

    The new Mobile App Performance SDK will allow developers to pre-position content for more consistent experiences across varying network conditions. And Akamai’s SureRoute for Cellular is promising to help alleviate congestion and latency in last mile networks.

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  • When Good Streams Go Bad: Maintaining and Sustaining Video Quality*
    February 28, 2017

    The notion of video quality means different things to different people, covering a subjective spectrum so broad that “good” to one person could actually be deemed “bad” by another. In an effort to formally identify what key factors affect video quality, Akamai commissioned a survey of more than 350 managers at direct-to-consumer (DTC) video service providers. If you had any reservations about how seriously these professionals take quality, respondents overwhelmingly indicated they consider it the most important factor affecting their service.

    But what exactly makes for good or bad streaming video quality? Part of the survey asked that respondents list the top three factors they feel most affect video quality. We ranked the responses below to create a top five list of the most prominent offenders.

    *Authored by Akamai’s Director of Global Product Marketing Noreen Hafez Ayan

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  • Attacks Against Retail Sites Slow in Q4, But Intensify During the Holidays
    Internet Retailer
    February 27, 2017

    Cyber attacks during Thanksgiving week were slower than expected, but some retailers suffered from significant attacks timed for the holidays, according to the recently released “ State of the Internet/Security” report from Akamai Technologies Inc.

    “The biggest sales season of the year usually signals a marked increase in the number of attacks for all customers, especially retailers,” says  Martin McKeay , senior editor of the Akamai report and senior security advocate. “Many merchants breathed a sigh of relief at not being attacked during their most important shopping days. [But] that’s not to say everyone got off without some stress.”

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  • Training Can Help in Cybersecurity’s ‘Weak Link Game,’ Akamai Expert Says
    February 27, 2017

    People, not new systems, are the single most consistent impediment to improving cybersecurity practices, according to R.H. Powell, senior director of security services at Akamai Technologies.

    In an interview with MeriTalk, Powell stated that employee training is the best remedy for addressing gaps in cybersecurity. Powell, who will be speaking at the Akamai Government Forum on March 28, compared security to soccer, stating the team’s weakest player can determine the team’s overall performance.

    “Agencies need to focus on training and security practices. Security is a weak link game and our weakest link is the human link,” Powell said. “Agencies need to do it in a way that’s innovative and make sure they get the right people. It starts with training.”

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  • Today's Leading Causes of DDoS Attacks
    ZD Net
    February 22, 2017

    Last fall, we saw the biggest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack ever . This year, we'll see even bigger ones. According to Akamai's latest State of the Internet Security report , here's what's behind them.

    First, you should know that while the total DDoS attacks only increased by 4 percent from Q4 2015 to Q4 2016, there was a 140-percent increase in attacks greater than 100Gbps. In short, we're not seeing that many more DDoS assaults, but they are getting much worse.

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  • Friction Hurts, Especially in Gaming*
    Venture Beat
    February 21, 2017

    You’ve probably seen a long list of complaints from players, and it might even drive you to say, “If I can’t keep them all happy, what’s the point?” But some concerns deserve your attention, and most of those fall into a single theme.

    In a word: friction.

    Friction is anything that prompts your player to leave your game and look elsewhere.
    Friction costs you money, now and down the line. Players rejecting your game might reject your entire studio.

    Players responding to an EEDAR (Electronic Entertainment Design and Research) survey ranked game-breaking bugs, corrupted saves, and laggy connections as their top three frictions. More than 40 percent of players who felt friction left the game. Not good.

    *Authored by Akamai’s Director, Games Industry Marketing, Nelson Rodriguez

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  • Response Planning is Key to Surviving a Hack
    February 20, 2017

    Roger Barranco, director of global security operations at Akamai, said agencies and organizations should structure their most critical machines and systems into tiers of importance so that resources can be correctly allocated in the event of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

    “The best way to defend against DDoS is to be prepared in advance,” said Barranco. “The easiest thing to start with is understanding your fallback plan.”

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  • Akamai Introduces a New Product and Announces New Capabilities for Kona Site Defender
    Government Security News
    February 9, 2017

    The introduction of Web Application Protector makes available important protection for web properties against attacks, without requiring increasingly scarce security personnel or expensive security services to configure or maintain protection. Web Application Protector includes rules that are updated continuously by Akamai to protect customer sites without requiring customer intervention or approval.

    Further, as APIs deliver an increasing percentage of Internet traffic, and are a crucial component of delivering native mobile applications, Akamai has bolstered its flagship web security solution, Kona Site Defender, with new API protections. These new capabilities are designed to protect individual APIs against exploits of known vulnerabilities such as SQL injection as well as Denial of Service by an excessive rate of calls and slow POSTs

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  • Cloud Security Helps Akamai's Growth
    Bloomberg Technology
    February 8, 2017

    Akamai Technologies CEO Tom Leighton discusses the company's earnings and new products for cyber security with Caroline Hyde on "Bloomberg Technology."

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  • RSA 2017: The Internet of Things Security Threat
    Network World
    February 2, 2017

    Akamai, one of the service providers that  helped mitigate the first of the large IoT DDoS attacks  linked to Mirai malware, is sending Or Katz, one of its researchers to the conference to send a warning. “Once upon a time, the Internet of Things held unimaginable promise,” is how he describes the problem. “Then came Mirai … and all the associated attacks, and suddenly the promise seems more like a threat.”

    Attackers can extort money from potential victims by threatening DDoS attacks and demanding payment to call them off. Or they might use the attacks to exact revenge against companies for perceived wrongdoing.

    But DDoS attacks are just one of the uses to which adversaries can put IoT machines. They can compromise devices that are essential to manufacturing or even human health, where the well-timed attacks on a relatively few devices can damage other equipment, tie up production lines or compromise patients’ well-being.

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  • Akamai Addresses Limitations of Traditional Remote Access
    Networks Asia
    January 31, 2017

    Akamai Technologies, Inc. has introduced Enterprise Application Access, a solution designed to provide enterprises with a new way to simplify remote and third-party application access while at the same time increasing their organization’s security posture.

    Enterprise Application Access is clientless, cloud-based and easy-to-manage, and incorporates technology received as part of Akamai’s recent Soha Systems acquisition.

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  • Akamai Launches Remote Access Service to Disrupt Virtual Private Networks
    January 24, 2017

    As the content delivery market becomes more and more crowded, Akamai Technologies Inc. is increasingly looking elsewhere for growth opportunities.

    As part of the effort, the Internet giant today launched a cloud-based remote access service that promises to help companies make internal applications more easily reachable. It targets the growing number of people who perform their work on mobile devices, as well as the suppliers and other third parties that a firm must accommodate. Such outsiders often require the same degree of access as internal staff even though they command less trust.

    Maintaining a strong security posture in these circumstances is difficult. Companies normally need multiple tools to address the challenge: A virtual private network to establish secure connections for users, authentication software that can regulate access and the list goes on. Akamai describes its new Enterprise Application Access service as a much more convenient alternative that is easier to manage while leaving fewer moving pieces for hackers to exploit.

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  • ‘Agencies Can Learn From Other Agencies’ When Adopting Cloud
    January 13, 2017

    Federal agencies need to continue moving to the cloud, even in the wake of continued distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, said Tom Ruff, vice president of public sector America’s and Latin American markets for Akamai Technologies.

    Ruff stated that Federal cloud adoption takes “time and careful consideration,” especially for agencies with limited resources. While he acknowledged continued cyberattacks, such as  the one in October  directed at the Internet domain name management company Dyn, he also said that agencies need to learn from one another before moving to cloud.

    “Agencies should be prepared to undertake the time to develop a migration strategy, which includes a risk assessment and prioritizing which applications need to be migrated. One of the biggest questions when it comes to cloud migration is security concerns, and that’s then influenced by whether applications are hosted on a private versus public cloud,” Ruff said. “Before making a decision on which cloud service to adopt, agencies need to understand what the threat landscape looks like. For example, we continue to see an increase in DDoS attacks, which will create reservations about moving to the public cloud. Before undertaking their own migration, agencies can also learn from other agencies and departments with similar profiles.”

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  • Latency Sucks! So Which Companies Are Creating a Solution?
    Streaming Media
    January 12, 2017

    Content delivery networks (CDNs) like Akamai are considering how to best address latency, and a number of companies have been working on innovative approaches to low-latency HLS delivery (L-HLS) in various forms.

    Shawn Michels (right), Akamai’s director of media product management, sees the latency problem through the lens of a three-pointed triangle. “We do see a lot of different definitions or criteria in the market for what constitutes low latency for streaming,” he says. “What we’ve learned is when you look across all the market segments, there are three key use cases that we need to solve when looking at low latency: broadcasters, OTT-only content, and what we call ‘personal broadcast’ using the likes of Facebook Live or Periscope.”

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  • Akamai Helped Taobao Expand Global E-commerce Business
    IT Home
    January 12, 2017

    According to Jason Hatch, Senior Director Product Management of Akamai APJ, Akamai Web Performance Solutions focus on four areas: fastest mobile performance, optimized image management, operational simplicity and expanding the ecosystem. In 2016, Akamai launched new capabilities in Ion aimed at optimizing web performance on mobile devices.

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  • Navigating the Threat Landscape
    CPI Financial
    January 10, 2017

    Smaller businesses are at a particular disadvantage for a number of reasons, which include staffing, according to Rich Bolstridge, Chief Strategist of Financial Services, Akamai Technologies. Finding the right people for security and tech positions, even in large enterprises anywhere in the world, is definitely a challenge. This is felt more so in the MENA region where first of all there is a distinct lack of talent, and second, SMEs do not have the ability to develop relationships with universities and some of the talent pipelines to source the candidates with the right skillset as they becomes available.

    “Once security personnel have been hired they have to be retained and they need to be kept busy in a small enterprise where they are unlikely to see the action they would in a large company. The level of cybersecurity activities, and perhaps the attacks being dealt with as an SME, will not be as challenging overall for them to deal with,” Bolstridge said.

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