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The excitement and drama of this year's World Cup combined with huge connected audiences, more devices and higher Internet connection speeds helped drive unprecedented levels of live online video streaming. FIFA itself called the tournament "the biggest multimedia sporting event in history." According to Mediaset España, the World Cup drove significant traffic thanks to the increasing use of mobile devices. "We needed to provide our users with high-quality experiences regardless of
The following is a guest post from Akamai Principal Security Engineer Rich Salz.The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is becoming a center for the application of cryptography. There are a handful of factors contributing to this: · It is the technical organization that defines the protocols and standards that enable the Internet. · The recent Snowden revelations that showed how much government spying there is on Internet traffic. · The
Every web site is unique, and each presents its own set of performance challenges and opportunities. These challenges can be exacerbated by perfectly reasonable business goals and site features, which can negatively affect the overall end-user experience. Business requirements (more features/ads), analytics (data beacons), time to market (we want it now), resources and cost constraints are all considerations that should be balanced with their effect on delivering a web experience
Microsoft and Akamai have teamed up with Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) to create a security-focused accelerator program. It's based at the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Israel, and interested entrepreneurs and startups can apply now. Startups accepted into the program will be announced Sept. 7 and the class will run through January.
A look at security stories in the news that are relevant to Akamai customers and beyond.
Akamai has once again been chosen to help protect the leading global broadcasters, advertisers, partners and sponsors' sites for this year's World Cup. This has given us the opportunity to capture an incredible amount of data for analyzing specific trends.
The schedule for BSidesLV is out, along with details on a shuttle service that will transport attendees from the BSides venue to points throughout Las Vegas. Some of the speaker schedule is below, followed by the transportation and party details.
George Orwell once said, "International football is the continuation of war by other means" - as we will demonstrate in this post - Mr. Orwell was spot-on, according to statistics on web application layer attacks collected by Akamai's Cloud Security Intelligence platform, the 2014 world cup soccer matches spurred sophisticated cyber attacks between soccer-fan-hackers of competing sides.
In this episode of the Akamai Security Podcast, I talk to Adi Ludmer, a senior researcher from Akamai's security engineering team in Tel Aviv, Israel. He discusses the daily role his team plays in keeping Akamai customers secure, and shares some of the research he's currently focused on.Hear the full episode
As attacks go, the second quarter of 2014 was quieter than the first. But when you compare the numbers to this time last year, that's of little comfort. According to Prolexic's newly-released attack report for Q2 2014, the rate of DDoS attacks rose 22 percent over the second quarter of 2013.The report is now available for download HERE.
A look at security stories in the news that are relevant to Akamai customers and beyond.
One of the best parts of my job is speaking with our customers about their business challenges, and my favorite topic is the mobile user experience. Recently I spoke with the CEO of one of our financial services customers about their challenge to understand and deliver the right mobile experience to both the phone and the tablet. Like many discussion around mobile experience, your top-of-mind thoughts and ideas come not
Note: Akamai CSIRT member Larry Cashdollar contributed to Oracle's latest CPU. He appears in the advisory credits. We always knew he'd be famous!Oracle has released a monster Critical Patch Update (CPU) -- 113 security fixes in all affecting a vast portion of the company's product line. In a blog post outlining the fixes, Oracle's Eric Maurice wrote: This Critical Patch Update provides 113 new security fixes across a wide range
A few weeks back at the Velocity Conference, Akamai's own Guy Podjarny released a little book he wrote on the intersection of responsive web design and performance. Many of you have downloaded it, but if not, I urge you to do so here. But if you weren't at Velocity, and in particular weren't around for Guy's keynote; then you missed a very special "Book Reading" (and a pretty special hat)
Several people from Akamai's InfoSec team will be at RSA Conference Asia Pacific & Japan July 22 and 23 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. You can visit us at Booth G7 and see live attacks against protected Web properties using multiple popular attack methods. You can also schedule a private meeting with us so we can update you on recent enhancements and answer any specific questions you may have about Akamai,
This has been an amazing year in online video streaming at Akamai. Between the 96 live games of the Sochi Olympics, the 64 games of the World Cup, and a variety of other high profile live streaming events (remember the Super Bowl?), the Akamai support teams have certainly earned a summer vacation. Of course, since Akamai supports a lot more web activity above and beyond these high profile events every
All companies with a web presence want search engines to crawl their sites and index their content because it's the easiest way to drive traffic, improve visibility and increase business. The fact is that companies want search engines to crawl their site on a regular basis and index as much content as possible. As such, they usually assume that all search engine requests are legitimate and really don't pay much
Episode 1 summary: In the first episode of the Security Kahuna Podcast, Bill Brenner, Dave Lewis and Martin McKeay discuss the big security issues of the day. They've been friends for a decade and have collaborated on many projects in the security industry. They've been working together at Akamai for just over a year. They figured the time was right to start doing a podcast together, discussing all manner of
The Fifth Annual BSidesLV will be held in Las Vegas Aug. 5 and 6 at Tuscany Suites & Casino, 255 East Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV. It runs at the same time Black Hat is going on down the street at Mandalay Bay, but it's definitely worth your time. Unlike previous years, which offered pre-registration for a token refunded fee, this year there will be no pre-registration. Badges will be
It's been awhile since I updated you on our Akamai security storytelling efforts. A lot of awesomeness is afoot. We're writing public versions of our compliance documentation, launching a new podcast, shooting five new videos and spreading the word at several upcoming security conferences.
Getting people to say they're interested in an idea is easy. Getting people to commit to an idea is hard. Let's talk about the difference between a Pitch, a Presentation, and a Proposal.
Akamai's Prolexic Security Engineering & Research Team (PLXsert) is warning companies of stealth surveillance and computer hijacking attacks by the Blackshades Remote Administration Tool (RAT) crimeware kit. When malicious actors infect machines with the Blackshades RAT malware, they gain the ability monitor video and audio data, record keylogging information from the user, and harvest sensitive credentials to banking, email, websites and applications. Remote access capabilities also let attackers hijack victim
Microsoft released its July 2014 Security Update a few minutes ago. The latest vulnerabilities to be addressed affect everything from Windows and Internet Explorer to Microsoft Server Software. Here's the software giant's patching chart for the month:
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Great Singapore Sale (GSS). Over the years, we have seen how the annual event has evolved - from expanding into the heartlands to retailers moving online, attracting more customers. Shopping has long been recognised as a national pastime for Singaporeans, with eCommerce fast becoming a norm. PayPal observed a 12% year-on-year increase in purchases made by online shoppers in Singapore during the
The speaker schedule for DEF CON is now live on the event website. What follows are the talks that look particularly interesting. Note: What's listed is based on what interests me personally. It is not a full list, nor do I speak for the many Akamai colleagues who will also be there next month.
"Stand still at your own risk." The warning from Cheryl Ainoa of Intuit stood starkly on the MainStage screen at the Velocity Conference 2014 in Santa Clara, California. Not an uncommon warning of course - certainly not anything that those in the audience had not heard before. But what followed, advice from a company that has itself survived several significant market disruptions since the 80s was both valuable and actionable.
A month from now I'll be at Black Hat USA 2014 with many of my Akamai colleagues. It's time to start thinking about the talks that will be most relevant to our interests. To that end, here's a look at some of the more interesting items on the agenda so far.Note: This is not the full agenda, nor is it an objective list. It captures the talks that look most
Tl;dr version: Last week at the Velocity Conference I saw a 7 year old girl (and her father) make a presentation and get a standing ovation. Got your attention now?
The following post is part two of a two-part series exploring cloud-based media workflows. In part 1 of "Cloud Based Media Workflows," Barrett Mononen made the case that the cloud offers opportunities to address the complexity of your online media workflow. He noted that the cloud alone doesn't guarantee success -- that you must take a thoughtful, pragmatic approach to realize the greatest business benefits from the cloud. In this