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Chris Nicholson

Chris Nicholson

December 31, 2013 1:42 PM

Akamai at the International CES: 5 Predictions

Since the International CES has become such a focal point for the convergence of content and technology, the lead-up to the show tends to generate a fair amount of buzz around Akamai about what's to come (and, frankly, what may have passed), how the industry sees content delivery and consumption evolving, and what might be the "next big thing" coming out of the event. In what's becoming an annual prediction

Amanda Fakhreddine

Amanda Fakhreddine

December 20, 2013 2:52 PM

Top Tweets of the week: 12/13 - 12/20

We had a lot of great things happening at Akamai this week, from various talks to a new web technology video. Check out the top 10 tweets of the week below. Happy Friday!   [<a href="//storify.com/Akamai/top-tweets-of-the-week-12-14-12-20" target="_blank">View the story "Top Tweets of the Week: 12/14 - 12/20" on Storify</a>]

Akamai

Akamai

December 19, 2013 5:11 AM

Akamai Security Podcast: All The Episodes, Expanded

A round-up of the first nine episodes of the Akamai Security Podcast:Episode 1: CEO Tom Leighton discusses the legacy of Co-Founder Danny Lewin, Akamai's role on 9-11-01, and his vision of Akamai as a major player in the security industry.Episode 2:  I talk to Meg Grady-Troia about her role in Akamai InfoSec, particularly the security training she does for new hires. Episode 3: I talk to Larry Cashdollar, a senior security response engineer on our CSIRT team. Larry

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

December 18, 2013 5:19 AM

Akamai Security Compliance: The Story So Far

Continuing our weekly series of security anthologies, we focus today on Akamai compliance procedures. We're currently in the midst of an ongoing series on how Akamai approaches it, but the following content presents the story thus far. Four Things to Ask Before Seeking FedRAMP Certification For a look at how we reached FedRAMP certification, I spoke with Akamai InfoSec's Kathryn Kun, the program manager who played a critical role in

Akamai

Akamai

December 17, 2013 3:05 PM

Introduction to Front End Optimization (FEO)

Front-End Optimization is made up of myriad of different techniques, all aiming to optimize the speed users perceive and are able to interact with the page. While different, these techniques all share a few high level goals aimed to achieve this acceleration. In this video, Ravi Maira, VP Web Experience Products at Akamai, will outline those shared techniques, using a fun analogy.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

December 17, 2013 5:25 AM

Security at Planetary Scale: An Anthology

We continue this week's series of anthologies with a collection of posts about security at planetary scale.Environmental Controls at Planetary ScaleEach data center in a planetary scale environment is now as critical to availability as a power strip is to a single data center location.  Mustering an argument to monitor every power strip would be challenging; a better approach is to have a drawer full of power strips, and replace

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

December 16, 2013 6:35 AM

Attack Techniques and Defenses: An Anthology

Akamai's security team defends customers from a variety of threats 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You name it: DDoS attacks, DNS-related attacks, vulnerability exploitation -- we've seen it all. What follows is a collection of posts focusing on attack techniques and the defenses we have deployed and/or suggested. Indonesian Attack Traffic Tops List; Port 445 No Longer Main TargetIndonesia replaces China as the top producer of attack

Amanda Fakhreddine

Amanda Fakhreddine

December 13, 2013 2:00 PM

Top Tweets of the Week: 12/9 - 12/13

This week, tweets about online video stole the show, thanks to a couple of webinars that were hosted this week. Didn't have a chance to watch those? Read these tweets for some of the highlights, and to learn what else happened this week.  [<a href="//storify.com/Akamai/top-tweets-of-the-week-12-9-12-13" target="_blank">View the story "Top Tweets of the Week: 12/9 - 12/13" on Storify</a>]

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

December 12, 2013 9:03 AM

Akamai CSIRT Warns of DNS Record Hijacking

In recent weeks, Akamai's CSIRT team has seen the Web sites of multiple businesses redirected after being hijacked by a malicious user. CSIRT's Patrick Laverty, who authored the advisory, said the intent of these hacks can include the redirection and capture of all company email to a rogue server, or to simply cause embarrassment to the company being affected.For more on this topic, see "The DNS Security Collection"The problem is

David Senecal

David Senecal

December 11, 2013 12:09 PM

Anomaly scoring is a better way to detect a real att ...

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Akamai

Akamai

December 11, 2013 9:10 AM

The Hour of Code is Here!

This is a guest post from Jim Gemmell, Akamai's Chief Human Resources Officer. Since our inception fifteen years ago, Akamai has been passionate about promoting math and science education among the next generation of technology innovators. To help celebrate and promote Computer Science Education Week, we're proud to be one of several global technology companies participating in the Hour of Code-- a massive movement to recruit 10 million students (and adults)

Akamai

Akamai

December 11, 2013 6:17 AM

Akamai Security Podcast, Episode 8: Martin McKeay

This week's episode is with Akamai Senior Security Advocate Martin McKeay. He's an old friend with more than a decade of experience in information security. At Akamai, he spreads awareness about security and privacy, helping customers understand our approach to both. As a self-described "recovering QSA," he's well aware of the pain many companies feel when dealing with compliance. He is also the host and author of a pair of the longest running

Akamai

Akamai

December 10, 2013 10:00 AM

How Browsers Work

Loading a web page is a complicated process. Browsers need to handle malformed HTML, over-creative scripts, bloated CSS and hundreds of images, and they need to do so without fail and in record time. In this video, we'll take a look behind the scenes and see the common steps browsers take to do so, explain concepts like DOM and rendering, and show where do the browser limitations lie. 

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

December 10, 2013 6:16 AM

How Origin Offload Improves Patch Management

I frequently write about patching updates, believing its important for customers and the wider business world to keep their machines as updated as possible. But until now, I've never written about the direct role Akamai plays in smoothing the patch management process along.This is a post about origin offload and how it keeps the patch downloading sites of various companies from getting crushed beneath the weight of heavy demand

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

December 9, 2013 10:34 AM

A Decade of Dramatic Change in Security

Since so many Akamai customers and the wider public run on Microsoft infrastructure, I frequently write about the software giant here. Most of the time, it's to give people the head's up on upcoming patches, or to explain how Akamai security protects customers from weaknesses on the Microsoft side. Because of all the flaws and attacks Microsoft users have suffered from, picking on the company became a popular activity in

Akamai

Akamai

December 7, 2013 9:03 AM

Speed up time to first byte with EdgeStart

Caching on the Edge is the best way to utilize Akamai. If a resource or page is cached on the edge, the user gets a faster page while the load is removed form the website origin - perfect combo. However, some pages are simply not cacheable, for instance personalized pages or extremely dynamic information like stock quotes. However, while not cacheable, even these pages tend to be very similar from

Amanda Fakhreddine

Amanda Fakhreddine

December 6, 2013 4:30 PM

Tweets of the Week: 11/30 - 12/6

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Margaret Kuchler

Margaret Kuchler

December 6, 2013 10:30 AM

Mobile Retail Traffic represents 35 percent of the T ...

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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

December 6, 2013 5:45 AM

December Patch Tuesday Preview

Patch Tuesday is an important calendar item for Akamai customers, given how dominant Windows machines are in many companies. This month is shaping up to be a big one. What follows is a preview of Microsoft's December 2013 Security Update. Bulletin IDMaximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability ImpactRestart RequirementAffected SoftwareBulletin 1Critical Remote Code ExecutionRequires restartMicrosoft Windows, Microsoft Office,Microsoft LyncBulletin 2Critical Remote Code ExecutionRequires restartMicrosoft Windows,Internet ExplorerBulletin 3Critical Remote Code ExecutionRequires restartMicrosoft WindowsBulletin 4Critical Remote Code ExecutionMay

Tara Bartley

Tara Bartley

December 5, 2013 11:30 AM

Upcoming Webinar: The Impact of CDN Strategies on Su ...

There's still time to register for next week's webinar! Join IDC's Greg Ireland and Akamai's Frank Childs on Wednesday, December 11th from 11-11:45am EST to learn how Operators can better service their subscribers with the implementation of CDNs. As stated above, the topic will be How CDN and Video Strategies Impact Subscriber Retention and Market Share Shifts. Greg and Frank will discuss key takeaways and actions based on recently completed research

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

December 5, 2013 7:18 AM

Akamai InfoSec's Brick of Enlightenment

This is a sequel to yesterday's post -- the Akamai Security Podcast interview with Dave Lewis.  Dave, one of our security advocates, is doing a lot of blogging over at CSOonline.com. He did so much blogging in November alone that I found it necessary to compile everything here. I wouldn't want you to miss anything, after all.Here it is, a compilation of November posts from his blog, Brick of Enlightenment:VPN

Akamai

Akamai

December 4, 2013 10:00 AM

Image Compression: Putting your Images on a Diet

Images are quickly changing from a boring topic to one of the most debated items on the web performance world. While they appear simple, choosing the right image format and encoding it in the right way could dramatically impact the image file size and the user experience. Since images make up the bulk of the page weight, these optimizations have a huge impact on page load time and user experience.

Akamai

Akamai

December 4, 2013 6:00 AM

Akamai Security Podcast, Episode 7: Dave Lewis

In this episode of the Akamai Security Podcast, I talk to colleague, friend and Security Advocate Dave Lewis (@gattaca on Twitter). We talk about the past, present and future of his Liquidmatrix site, life in his new role and the big issues he's helping customers address. We also talk about all the blogging he's doing over at CSOonline.com. For Episode 7, click here.Previous episodes of the podcast are available here.

Akamai

Akamai

December 3, 2013 11:00 AM

The Web is Now Situational: Intro to New Video Serie ...

Today we're officially launching the first in our Web Experience Technology video series. In this series we aim to help viewers better understand the many complex technologies involved in loading a web page today, with a heavy focus on web performance. The videos will cover anything form best practices & techniques to overviews of relevant public technologies to detailed looks at how Akamai technology can help. In this intro video, Mike

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

December 3, 2013 7:09 AM

CSO Surveys: Decoding the Online Security Landscape

Akamai recently partnered with CSOonline.com to survey information security professionals on various web security topics. The surveys provide valuable insight into web security current trends and what information security professionals are doing to address them. Here are four whitepapers that explore the different threads. The Importance of Improving and Adapting Web Security  With so much depending on Web site availability, CSOs are considering new ways to be cost-effectively proactive and

Manuel Alvarez

Manuel Alvarez

December 2, 2013 11:02 AM

The Akamai Meetups

Holiday season is approaching and things are slowing down? Not us here - the professional services team at Akamai. We have been working round the clock to bring you face-to-face meetup events with our technical experts from the Akamai's Advance Solutions Group (ASG). Our goal is to provide you with insights and expertise on the hottest topics this season. Here's what's on the schedule as we conclude this year

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

December 2, 2013 7:14 AM

Akamai to Acquire Prolexic

Akamai announced this morning that it will acquire cloud security company Prolexic for about $370 million. The move extends Akamai's reach into the world of DDoS protection. In a press release, Akamai CEO Tom Leighton said: "Any company doing business on the Internet faces an evolving threat landscape of attacks aimed at disrupting operations, defacing the brand, or attempting to steal sensitive data and information. By joining forces with Prolexic,