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A History of Akamai InfoSec Storytelling

As part of my new role as Akamai's security storyteller, I've been digging around in search of all the press coverage this group has gotten over the years. I'm finding that many articles and blog posts came from me, particularly what I wrote in my last job as managing editor of CSO Magazine.

You could say my coming here was destiny, based on how easily I focused on Akamai InfoSec research as a journalist. Most recently, I wrote about two presentations from SOURCE Boston 2013. One, by Senior Security Architect Eric Kobrin, was an analysis of the BroBot DDoS attacks that have targeted the banking sector. 

The other talk, by researcher Christian Ternus, was about Akamai's Adversarial Resilience program. The goal: better protect Akamai's customers by thinking like those who attack them. "At Akamai the attack surface is huge," Ternus said. "As the bad guys attack our customers, we are constantly being tested to see if our systems are good enough. What's needed then is resilience -- the ability to adapt. Our job is to think and act like the adversary to make Akamai safer."

Looking further back, as a journalist I usually gravitated toward Akamai's InfoSec team for perspective and raw data on the biggest DDoS attacks and pretty much any story concerning cloud and application security.

There was this inside look at what it's like for Akamai to deal head-on with incoming DDoS attacks against customers.

And there was this report -- I didn't write it but did assign it -- throwing cold water on the notion that hacktivists were the chief culprits in the banking attacks.

Indeed, I've often come knocking when I wanted to measure the real impact of attacks against the hype I'd be seeing elsewhere in the media. The realities have often been less dramatic than reported.

Now that I've tossed my reporter's hat on the shelf to collect dust, expect a much deeper focus from me on the raw detail that comes out of a company that, at last check, handled tens of billions of daily Web interactions for 90 of the top 100 online U.S. retailers, 29 of the top 30 global media and entertainment companies, nine of the top 10 world banks, and all branches of the U.S. military. 

This is going to be both fun and informative.

And it won't take long to ramp things up. In hindsight, I've been telling Akamai security stories all along.