Akamai Web Security Intro

Cloud Security

Security threats may change, but our ability to stop them does not

Users expect the online experience to be always available and always secure — and for their personal and business assets to be safe. As more data and business processes move online, organizations are challenged to protect websites and infrastructure without sacrificing performance for security. Akamai brings content close to users by extending the security perimeter to the cloud to help protect against increasingly sophisticated web and data center attacks.

A Guide to Multi-Layered Web Security

Multi-Layered Web Security

Computing in the cloud changes everything for IT security. When securing websites and applications against cyberattackers, knowledge is your best defense.

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DDoS Radar

Akamai witnessed over 4,500 DDoS attack events in a single quarter. Read about attack activity witnessed worldwide including global sources, volume, and targeted industries.

State of the Internet - Security

Get the latest report on DDoS attack trends including origins, tactics, types, targets, and hot-topic security issues.

Additional Resources

  • FAQs: The Hidden Burden of Bots and Scrapers

    A growing percentage of website traffic consists of bots. These automated applications can help or harm your business objectives. Learn how bots impact competition, business decisions, and IT load – and what you can do to detect bots and protect your content.

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  • Advanced Strategies to Flexibly Manage the Business and IT Impacts from Bots

    Managing bot traffic using predefined signature analysis and real-time detection is a more effective approach than simply blocking bots. Learn how you can allow and prioritize beneficial bots while denying or delaying access to bad bots.

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  • Using Granular Bot Identification to Surface Good and Bad Bots

    Web bots and scrapers can be identified by the volume of requests made, the type of content scraped, and user agent information – along with their desirability and aggressiveness – to create the most appropriate management policies.

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  • Webinar: DDoS: Aged Protocols are Fuelling Attacks

    They say old protocols never die. Okay, no one really says that, but it's what happens in reality. If you look around a little, you can still find organisations with token ring networks while dial-up modems still account for a small, but significant part of Internet usage worldwide. And then there are the current protocols that simply never get updated. DNS and NTP are staples of the Internet that are absolutely necessary.

  • Webinar: The Known and Unknown Costs of DDoS  

    Criminals are increasingly turning to cyber-crime as their method of choice, thanks to the increased accessibility provided by numerous automated attack tools and 'for hire' subscription services. The number of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against organisations' websites, for example, are increasing rapidly and the true business costs are often unknown. In addition to the more obvious impacts associated with the lost web transactions associated with downtime, there are also reputational and other ephemeral costs that are harder to quantify. In this webinar, we'll be examining both the monetary and reputational costs of an attack on your infrastructure, as well as some of the measures you can take to combat these attacks. With data drawn from Akamai's State of the Internet Report, we'll be talking about real world examples of attacks and how these could affect your business.

  • Webinar: Hacker's Toolkit: DDoS for Hire 

    It's no secret that there are botnets for hire, groups of computers that can, and are, used against our organizations on a daily basis. But what is the nature of these botnets? What abilities do each of the installed toolkits offer to the attacker? Most importantly how do their capabilities change the defenses necessary to protect yourself? We'll cover two of the most recent toolkits that have been seeing wide usage. Learn a little about the people behind the attacks, where the attacks are coming from and what you might expect to see in the near future.

  • White paper: Shoring Up Web Application Defenses with Client Reputation

    Learn how client IP reputation intelligence lets you block more web application threats in this white paper from Akamai.

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  • eBook: Security Champion's Guide to Web Application Security

    Security is a tricky business. It's filled with concepts such as least privilege that are easy to request but hard to implement in practice and at scale. Learn the difference between a well-implemented web application firewall and what most companies do - and the implications for your web application defense in this new e-book.

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  • Webinar: Barbarians at the Gate: Enhancing Web Security with Behavioural Analytics

    More and more companies are finding that behavioural analytics hold the answers as static, on-premise security measures are increasingly becoming ineffective against attempts to steal data and take web services offline.

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  • 451 Research: Striking A Balance Between Security and Performance

    DDoS target companies in all verticals and a majority affects the application layer. A web application security solution with DDoS protection is essential, and so the big question is how to get it without compromising application performance. Join 451 Senior Security Analyst Adrian Sanabria and Akamai’s Senior VP/GM of the Security Business Unit Stuart Scholly for a one-hour webinar discussing cloud security solutions that provide protection without performance degradation.

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  • 451 Research: Striking A Balance Between Security and Performance

    Layer 7 DDoS attacks against web applications are on the rise. You need to be ready with robust DDoS defense technology - but do you have to sacrifice web content performance? Learn more in the new Akamai and analyst firm 451 Research webinar Striking a Balance Between Web App Security and Web Content Performance.

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  • White paper: The Cyber Security Balancing Act: Improving WAF Accuracy without Impacting Legitimate Users

    Managing and fine-tuning a WAF can be a time consuming task and beyond the resources of most internal security organizations. If a solution is not deployed correctly or if the rules are not fine-tuned, legitimate user traffic can be blocked,resulting in a poor online user experience and lost revenues. Read how Akamai's cloud based WAF solution works to solve these challenges in a new white paper.

    Download the white paper
  • White paper: Making DDoS Mitigation Part of Your Incident Response Plan: Critical Steps and Best Practices

    When your Internet-facing network comes under DDoS attack, does your entire organization panic - or does everyone know exactly what to do? Akamai has released an executive white paper on critical steps and best practices for adding DDoS mitigation to a corporate incident response plan.

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  • White paper: Improving Web Application Survey: The Akamai Approach to WAF

    Many organizations have web application firewall solutions deployed today. However, these deployments often fail to meet their initial expectations in terms of effectiveness, ease of management and impact on protected web applications.

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  • eBook: The Importance of Improving and Adapting Web Security

    With so much depending on website availability, CSOs are considering new, cost-effective ways to be proactive and vigilant. Understand the challenges to web security deployments.

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  • Brochure: Cloud Security Solutions

    Akamai's reputation was earned by building the world's largest cloud-enabled delivery platform, backed by the most scalable, distributed security solution available. Learn more about Akamai's Cloud Security Services and how they can protect your business from the increasing risk of cyber attacks.

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  • Latest Threat Advisories

    Akamai's cybersecurity experts conduct research, digital forensics and post-event analysis on every major threat vector. These reports can help your organization make more informed, proactive decisions.

    Visit StateoftheInternet.com
  • Security Commentary 

    Akamai’s security experts research and report on the latest threat vectors and methods for mitigating them. Stay abreast of latest security threats with our security advisories, podcasts and blog posts.

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  • White paper: Securosis White Paper: Defending Against Application Denial of Service Attacks

    DDoS Protection requires another level of complexity to ensure critical web applications and operations are secure. A multi-faceted approach defends against the latest wave of attacks.

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  • Cloud Security Solutions to Secure Your Website and Data Centers

    Akamai Cloud Security Solutions help avoid data theft and downtime by extending the security perimeter to the edge of the network, protecting from increasing frequency, scale and sophistication of web and data center attacks.

    View our Cloud Security Solutions

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