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Wow! Last night the Akamai Adaptive Media Delivery Service was crowned Best Cloud or CDN Service Delivery solution at the TV Connect Awards 2015. I was thrilled to be there at the awards ceremony on behalf of Akamai and accept the award.
Last week, Google officially rolled out its mobile friendly update, which "boosts the ranking of mobile friendly pages on mobile search results." A long time in the making, the update is a response to the increasingly mobile world we live and work in. This update underscores Google's focus on mobile customer experience. For companies scrambling to respond to this development, fret not. Akamai, the leader in optimizing mobile performance, is
I gave a keynote at a customer experience conference in New York City earlier this month. The title was "It Takes a Village: Creating a Customer-Centric Culture That Works," and it was about how people make a difference. We all know that research and studies will evolve and acronyms will change, but at the heart of all customer programs are the customer and the people who touch them. Recent opinion
Tenable Network Security commissioned media pro David Spark to produce videos during RSA Conference and BSidesSF 2015. His lens caught a lot of Akamai. Here are some particularly good interviews.
With Interop on the not-so-distant horizon, we want to give you a rundown of what to look forward to seeing from Akamai at this year's conference.
Performance across different device types In Part 1 of this blog post we looked at traffic trends and performance on individual devices. When we compare performance across devices we see another interesting result. This is a large data set and it is made up of different pages from different websites so there is a large element of noise here, however all device types contain a substantial sample size and the
It's hard to believe that RSA Conference 2015 was just last week! Did you miss attending it this year? That's ok! We live tweeted the entire conference, so take a moment to catch up on all the exciting things that happened last week, by reading our tweets.Enjoy!
The Q1 2015 State of the Internet - Security Report is due out next month, and we spent much of last week's RSA Conference 2015 previewing sections. We continue doing so today.Last week we reviewed the significance of a 100 GBPS attack, the continuing trend of website defacements and DNS Hijacking, and the potential security risks of widespread IPv6 adoption. Today, we look at an analysis of SQL injection attacks based on data from Akamai's Kona Site Defender
Tenable Network Security commissioned media pro David Spark to produce videos during RSA Conference and BSidesSF 2015. Along the way, he caught up with Akamai Security Advocate Dave Lewis and myself. Here's the resulting interview.
State of the Internet Security Podcast Host Bill Brenner catches up with Akamai security advocates Dave Lewis and Martin McKeay. Friends and industry colleagues, the trio dissects RSA 2015 from a security expert perspective. Over the last few years, the RSA conference been considered an insider event with a structured theme and coinciding messaging - Brenner and team discuss the expansion of RSA into a major event lacking central messaging.
Update: In an earlier version of this bulletin, we discussed how chaotic actors were exploiting Google services as part of their operations. Some have misconstrued it as Google backing a botnet. To be clear, Google has no part in this activity, and certainly does not condone such activity.DD4BC, a malicious group responsible for several Bitcoin extortion campaigns last year, is expanding its extortion and distributed denial of service (DDoS) campaigns
State of the Internet Security Podcast Host Bill Brenner catches up with an old friend: Tenable Network Security's Jack Daniel. The two have been friends and industry colleagues for the last decade, having spent many a security conference in the trenches together. For travel to and from one such event, they shared a cramped RV from Boston to Washington, DC three years in a row. Some things have changed in
98% of employees access business applications from their mobile device outside the office. Many enterprises were caught off guard by the rapid adoption of mobile. In less than a decade, organizations have moved from locked down BlackBerry devices to the chaotic BYOD free-for-all of today. With this trend, three big enterprise challenges surrounding mobile have emerged: complexity, connectivity, and speed.
It's exciting to see how Web Performance is increasingly going mainstream. More conferences have performance talks, more organizations have performance teams, more business goals include performance requirements... It's fun to see what used to be a small community of passionate speed fanatics grow and expand into the broader web tech world. With this broader adoption, it's critical that we also scale how we educate about web performance. We need to expand
The Q1 2015 State of the Internet - Security Report is due out next month, and we think the week of RSA Conference 2015 is a good time to start previewing sections.Yesterday we reviewed the continuing trend of website defacements and DNS Hijacking. The day before that we reviewed the potential security risks of widespread IPv6 adoption. Today, we look at the significance of a 100 GBPS attack.
Yesterday, the Internet changed: Google has implemented its long awaited algorithm changes to search results. From now on, websites that appear in the search results will be evaluated and ranked on a new data point: mobile friendliness. We have been blogging about how the world is becoming an increasingly mobile place, and that it will continue to be even more so. We've gone so far to consider that perhaps people should
In response to the vulnerability discussed in the Microsoft disclosure at https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS15-034, Akamai has analyzed its production servers and has determined it is not running any version of the software that is susceptible to the vulnerability. Akamai has created a permanent rule for the Trustwave® ModSecurity® Core Rule Set (CRS) and Akamai® Kona Rule Set (KRS) rule to help protect customer servers from attacks that exploit this vulnerability. This rule (3000031)
After a dozen years in the advertising industry, looking back I remember the first few chapters of online video being written, as more and more content began to make it onto the Internet. A few years later the same online video content was starting to be accessed on mobile devices, and I was trying to pitch a partnership with a video ad network; a couple of executives at the online
In 2014, several successful malicious attacks against large financial services, government and private sector firms gave a clear indication of the changes occurring in the network security industry. The recent Ponemon Institute Cost of a Data Breach study found the average cost of a data breach to be $3.5 million with average cost per compromised record more than $145. (1) Akamai's State of the Internet Report for Security, Q4, 2014,
Every day, Akamai services approximately two trillion requests for web content, giving us unique insight into Internet penetration around the globe. In the fourth quarter of 2014, around 803 million unique IPv4 addresses from 239 countries or regions connected to the Akamai Intelligent PlatformTM. This represents annual growth of more than 2.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013.
Andrew Hay, BSidesSF volunteer and research director at OpenDNS, talks to Bill Brenner about the major security issues being discussed at this year's two-day BSides event, as well as problems with attack attribution, potential fearmongering and what we might expect at RSA. Hear the entire episode here
The 2014/2015 holiday and winter shopping season has come to a close. Now, it's time for retailers to optimise and prepare for next year's certain growth in eCommerce and mCommerce activity. With the major holidays out of the way, retailers can now reflect what did and didn't work and what they can do to improve sales performance for the year ahead.
The Q1 2015 State of the Internet - Security Report is due out next month, and we think the week of RSA Conference 2015 is a good time to start previewing sections. Yesterday we reviewed the potential security risks of widespread IPv6 adoption. Today, we look at the continuing trend of website defacements and DNS Hijacking.
The Q1 2015 State of the Internet - Security Report is due out next month, and we think the week of RSA Conference 2015 is a good time to start previewing sections.Let's begin with the potential security risks of widespread IPv6 adoption.
At Akamai, we see A LOT of traffic through our platform and when our customers get busy, we get busy! With the introduction of our free Real User Monitoring (or "RUM") tool, our customers get insight into their end-users' actual experiences across all kinds of connectivity situations. We have published a report around US shopping trends already to analyse user behaviour by device used during the busy retail period
Interop is just around the corner. I am sure there will be plenty of thought provoking content about how to transform IT, flashy demos, and SDN everywhere you look. But let's not forget the reality of most IT organizations today.
Last month Akamai returned to the Finovate stage in London, presenting our Client Reputation security product to a record-setting crowd of 1,250 attendees from leading financial services firms from across Europe and around the world. This marked our third time on stage at Finovate, since our first demo of Kona Site Defender at Finovate New York back in 2012.
As RSA Conference 2015 attendees continue to finalize evening schedules, here's a suggestion: Come by our event with AT&T. Meet and mingle with Akamai, AT&T and your fellow security professionals. Enjoy libations and hors d'oeuvres. Location: The Burritt Room, Mystic Hotel Date & Time: Wednesday, April 22 7:30-10:30 p.m. Register today to attend this invitation-only reception at Burritt Room in the historic Mystic Hotel just North of Union Square in
This is an interesting time to be responsible for your organization's web presence. You've probably heard that marketing is becoming more accountable for business growth from websites, applications and all kinds of digital programs.
For years I've been taking the commuter rail to the Akamai office, and Boston's South Station has served as the prime location for trying to capture my attention with big, print display advertisements. The well-placed ads last month down the stairwell for the new Caribbean resort definitely appealed to my inner desire to quickly escape the dreary, long winter - but the reality of having two young boys in
Internet disruptions are still a frustrating reality in many regions across the globe. The most common types of disruptions generally fall into three categories: accidental (backhoes or ship anchors severing buried fiber), natural (hurricanes, earthquakes), or political (government shutdowns in response to protest). As a provider of customer content across the globe, Akamai is in a unique position to monitor traffic levels in each country or region. The following events
A lot of attention is on RSA Conference 2015, which commences a week from Monday. But let's not forget that BSidesSF is also that week. Below is a full agenda for the event, which is April 19 and 20 at the OpenDNS offices at 135 Bluxome St., San Francisco.Related: Akamai at RSA Conference 2015
Botnets are, in many ways, living organisms. They are formed by their creators - both malicious and benign - and then roam the internet. Much has been written about good and bad bots, but not much as been written about the lifecycle of the bot. Do Bots die? If so, when? What is the average life-span of a good bot? A bad bot?
It's two weeks until RSA, the biggest security conference of the year. For first-timers, this is the time to start preparing and understanding what lies ahead. It can be an overwhelming experience, with two loud exhibit halls, too many evening events to count on two hands, and so many talks it can be hard to choose what's best for your interests.To that end, here's some advice for RSA 2015, which takes
Experts from Akamai's Media & Entertainment team will be participating in a host of conference panels, partner workshops and in-booth presentations during the 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
The Internet connectivity in the U.S. showed strong positive growth in the fourth quarter of 2014, as shown by Akamai's Internet connectivity metrics. These metrics include: average connection speed, average peak connection speed, broadband adoption, high broadband adoption, and 4K readiness. For additional insight into the metrics, refer to the State of the Internet Metrics: What Do They Mean? blog post.
As I alluded to in my last post, Responsive Web Design (RWD) is more than just a Google recommended best practice - it's essential for retailers to provide a seamless customer experience across the multi-device retail landscape. RWD offers a host of advantages, but I want to focus on two primary ones.
After last week's news that RSA Conference 2015 will ban so-called booth babes, I heard from a lot of people who agree vendors need to find other ways to attract attention during security conferences. Others felt the issue was nothing but useless security industry drama, but there is a lesson in this discussion for marketers.One reader told me the use of booth babes isn't the result of bad intentions. It's