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The underlying protocols of the Internet continue to evolve, and massive events such as the World Cup are a great opportunity to see this in action.  A single-match peak for live video streaming of 22.5 Tbps was set on Akamai on Tuesday July 10 during the semi-final in Russia between France and Belgium.  Akamai helps deliver World Cup coverage for a large number of broadcasters and subscription-based streaming services, meaning that we have a diverse set of customer configurations and end-user populations.  Across these customers, we're seeing an increasing use of technologies such as HTTPS (delivering streaming segments over the encrypted-and-authenticated TLS) as well as enabling content for delivery over IPv6 as well as legacy IPv4 ("dual-stacking").

Akamai Welcomes Girls Who Code

Akamai employees in Cambridge have started to see some new faces around the office for the summer - 20+ high school juniors to be specific!

For the fourth consecutive year, Akamai is partnering with Girls Who Code to host a seven-week long summer immersion program dedicated to closing the gender gap in tech. The girls will learn the basics of programming, robotics, data analysis and visualization by attending classes and workshops, going on field trips, and meeting with female Akamai employees as mentors.

We kicked off the program on Monday evening with a meet and greet to welcome both the girls and their parents to the Akamai family. We heard from Akamai CEO Dr. Tom Leighton who reiterated Akamai's commitment to encouraging more girls and women to explore careers in tech. Mallory Grider, an Akamai intern and former teaching assistant with Girls Who Code, also left us with an inspiring closing statement by reminding the girls that despite how male-dominated the tech industry is, each and every one of the them has a right to pursue a career in computer science.

Fortnite Sets Game Traffic Record on Akamai

Akamai Technologies set a new record on Thursday, July 12th, 2018, for the peak level of traffic delivered for a single video game on its network, at more than 37 Tbps peak across all platforms. This massive influx of traffic was driven by the launch of Epic Games' cultural phenomenon: Fortnite, which launched its Season 5 on Thursday. To put this into perspective, this level of traffic would be like downloading the average mobile game 2.8 million times per minute. This demonstrates both the continued success of Epic Games' hit title, and the power and resiliency of the Akamai Intelligent Platform.

Nelson Rodriguez is Global Director, Media Industry Strategy at Akamai.

No Apps Left Behind on Your Zero Trust Journey

Complexity kills productivity. When it comes to enabling application access, enterprises should not have to choose between user experience and complex techniques that ensure application security. Traditionally, perimeter security is built on an assumption that whatever is inside the perimeter is trusted and users can access any corporate application through traditional authentication approaches. That's a big assumption that has become outdated based on the amount of recent attacks and data breach post mortems. The old model of perimeter security has lost its relevance. We are moving from a "trust, but verify" mantra to a "never trust, always verify" one.

It's that time of year - the Summer 2018 State of the Internet / Security: Web Attack report is now live. This new naming schema is just one of the many changes you'll notice if you're a returning reader of quarterly  report, and there are more changes coming as we work to bring you insights and intelligence from our data in as useful and timely a way as possible.

The Web Attack report is evolving into a shorter, leaner report. The Attack Spotlight was released as a stand alone paper. The statistical plots that made up a large part of the report have been published as blog posts (Web Attacks & DDoS By The Numbers). These changes will allow us to publish statistical data in a more timely manner in the future. At the same time, we are moving to more focused reports, published biannually, instead of a larger report published quarterly. 


Beyond the Looking Glass - The OTT Evolution in India

India, while at the cusp of becoming a digital, mobile first country, is also in the middle of evolving content consumption patterns. Hotstar's India Watch Report states that the video consumption in the country has seen a five-fold growth in just one year, with most of this growth is fuelled by mobile. In a country with close to 500 million mobile internet users, an average user spends up to 2.5 times more watch time on mobile content than the web. Now, fuse this trend with the India's love for cricket. The result: drastic increase in the number of people now watching live sports, specifically cricket, on OTT platforms. 10.3 million concurrent viewers watched the VIVO IPL 2018 Final between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), live on Hotstar. That's almost the entire population of the city of London tuning in at the same time to watch the match.

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Malware?

Every year, tens of thousands of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) take place across every industry and vertical. In fact, "In 2017, companies announced over 50,600 transactions with a total value of more than 3.5 trillion USD."[1] Not only is M&A complex from a business sense, it also brings the challenge of merging complex IT infrastructures and applications (which are only getting more complex) as businesses move away from a perimeter defined network to cloud networking.

Summer SOTI - Web Attacks

Continuing Changes

Welcome to the second blog post for the Summer 2018 State of the Internet / Security. If you've read the SOTI / Security report before, much of what you see here should be familiar, though the time frame we're looking at is the six months from November 2017 to April 2018, instead of the last quarter. The numbers are bigger and give us a better idea of the long-term trends we're seeing.

Summer SOTI - DDoS by the numbers

Time for a Change

The State of the Internet / Security report has been the home for Akamai's research on DDoS, attack traffic and Internet threats for over three years. While the report has evolved and expanded its scope considerably over that time, the content and how it's presented have only seen moderate changes. But as of the Summer 2018 Web Attack report, you'll see significant changes in how we present this content.  

Written by Meyer Potashman

On May 25, 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. In preparation, Akamai, like every other company that does business with or interacts in any way with individuals in the EU, needed to re-evaluate our approach to data protection and privacy to ensure that we are compliant with the new law. Since GDPR requires that companies evaluate the privacy practices of their suppliers and subcontractors, customers have been asking us about how we protect the personal data on our platform from both a privacy and security perspective. In this blog post, we discuss how our InfoSec team approaches some of these considerations.