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Interviewing Akamai InfoSec's summer interns recently, I was reminded of a six-step guide I wrote a few years ago for CSOonline on how young people can get their break in the industry. I think the suggestions are as valid today as they were then.Also see:Meet Akamai InfoSec's 4th InternJamie Arlen on learning the play the role of InfoSec pro
I originally wrote this for CSOonline's Salted Hash blog in 2011. But given all my focus on incident management of late, a re-share seems appropriate.You might find it weird that I'd find a teachable infosec moment in my son breaking his arm. But he did do it at a security meet-up, after all.
Earlier this week, we published a new white paper titled, "Weighing Risk Against the Total Cost of a Data Breach," on Akamai.com. Ordinarily, a white paper wouldn't be a particularly interesting subject for a blog post, but this one explores a topic that has generated a lot of questions from our customers - how do I financially justify a Web application firewall solution to my management?
The data center perimeter is dead - web assets cannot be protected by a fortress wall - but a historical view of web protection lives on in the way many IT departments continue to defend their infrastructures. Websites and web applications increasingly live outside the data center. Cloud-based applications and websites are at constant risk from web threats that are becoming more damaging and sophisticated by the day.
Many charitable organizations have been established over time and people have found innovative ways to give back to each charity. However, none of these efforts have come close to the magnitude with which the #IceBucketChallenge has spread awareness across different social mediums. This challenge has raised millions of dollars since its inception. Touched by the world's efforts to spread awareness and help raise charitable contributions to benefit Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
You can call the trend whatever you'd like, but content preparation workflows are all moving in the same direction--toward the cloud. In the follow-up e-book on The Rise of the Software-Empowered Video Operator, we explore this push and how it's impacting our industry. The benefits for moving towards a cloud-based workflow can almost seem unlimited, but a couple of key ones always float to the top.
Last week I recorded a podcast interview with three of Akamai InfoSec's four summer interns. Due to a schedule conflict, the fourth intern -- Boston University Computer Science major Allan Wirth -- was interviewed separately.Wirth will be a senior this fall and hopes to embark on a career in web security. The work he did for Akamai will serve him well to that end. Under the supervision of InfoSec's
As previously noted, Akamai InfoSec has been working to make its most sought after compliance documents publicly available. The goal is to make it easier for customers to access the answers they regularly seek, and also to show potential new customers how we operate. We're building the foundation in the form of a compliance page on the Akamai Security microsite, and hope to publish up to two fresh public docs a
Microsoft released its August 2014 Security Update Tuesday. The company's OneNote note-taking software, Internet Explorer browser, Server software, and .NET Framework were most affected this time.
In the latest episode of the Akamai Security Podcast, I interview three interns -- Yuan Jiang, Chae Won Lee and Tom Boning. They spent the summer working with our InfoSec team. They talk about their projects and where they hope to go from here.Listen to the full episode HERE.
My friend Adrian Crenshaw of Irongeek.com has pulled off quite a feat -- posting all of BSidesLV's video-recorded presentations. Pretty impressive, since it's barely been a week since the event opened. Go here to watch the full roster of videos. For this post, I want to share the presentation by Akamai's own Patrice Coles, "Third-Party Service Provider Diligence: Why are we doing it all wrong?"
Akamai Security Storyteller Bill Brenner and Akamai Security Advocates Martin McKeay and Dave Lewis report from Las Vegas during Black Hat, BSidesLV and DEF CON. They are joined by special guests Steve Ragan and Gillis Jones.They touch on antivirus pioneer John McAfee's appearances at BSidesLV and DEF CON, security luminary Dan Geer's Black Hat keynote, and try to answer the age-old question: Why go to these events?About our guests:Steve Ragan
On Wednesday, 2014-08-06, the OpenSSL Project disclosed nine low- and moderate-severity vulnerabilities, with details published here. These are vulnerabilities that can potentially impact OpenSSL clients and servers worldwide. We currently believe our services are not impacted by CVE-2014-3508, CVE-2014-3509, CVE-2014-3505, CVE-2014-3506, CVE-2014-3507, CVE-2014-3510, and CVE-2014-3512. We are in the process of rolling out a fix to address vulnerabilities CVE-2014-3511 and CVE-2014-5139 for each of our relevant services. Akamai is investigating
In July the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) proposed comprehensive regulations for virtual currencies including Bitcoin. Under this 40 page proposal, DFS would issue BitLicenses to companies that meet certain criteria. Although BitLicenses would not be required for most merchants or consumers, for most others, a BitLicense will be required for any virtual currency business activity. How will these regulations impact the Bitcoin industry, and can the
I was browsing the tables this morning at BSidesLV and came across some books published by No Starch Press, which will also have books on display at DEF CON this weekend.
Walking around Black Hat USA 2014 today, I'm struck by how much things have changed. For many years, the event was held in the Caesars Palace conference center. The corridors were crammed with people between talks, and the extent of the exhibit area were tables lining one wall. Now it's at Mandalay Bay, which has a lot more space. But that's not the crazy part.The crazy part is the exhibit hall. That
It used to be that I went to conferences to report news. Now, as a member of Akamai's InfoSec department, my role is different. I still write about a lot of topics, especially those pertaining to Akamai's security procedures and beliefs. But for the most part, now I'm on the other side, looking for good news sources to keep track of what's happening.Fortunately, I didn't have to look far...One source is Dark
This is a follow up post to my recent article entitled "Let's watch the game first and attack later." We received a lot of interest in learning how Akamai's Professional Services could help support a major global online event like the World Cup, and details around the attack trends that we observed during the World Cup. In general, a successful readiness and support approach can be divided into three
A platoon of Akamites -- myself included -- will descend on Las Vegas this week for Black Hat USA 2014 as well as BSidesLV and DEF CON. We'll be there to network, tell Akamai's security story and learn from those of you who will be giving talks.At Black Hat, you can find us in the Business Hall at Booth 858. Come say hi and collect some free items, including scan-blocking card holders,