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Podcast: Akamai CSO Andy Ellis on the Q1 2015 State of the Internet Security Report

In this episode, State of the Internet Security Podcast host Bill Brenner chats with Akamai CSO Andy Ellis about the findings in Akamai's Q1 2015 State of the Internet - Security Report.

Specifically, they discuss how:

  • Q1 2015 set a record for the number of DDoS attacks observed across the PLXrouted and proxy mitigation platforms - more than double the number recorded in Q1 2014 - and a jump of more than 35 percent compared to last quarter.
  • Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) attacks were the top attack vector Akamai mitigated, comprising more than 20 percent of DDoS attacks. This was an increase of 6 percent compared to the previous quarter.
  • The online gaming sector was once again hit with more DDoS attacks than any other industry.
  • Q1 2015 saw Akamai aggressively moving away from the use of SSL in favor of TLS. This is noteworthy, since SSL flaws were at the heart of some of the vulnerabilities Akamai has dealt with in recent months.
  • A majority of web application attacks in Q1 were attributed to LFI and SQLi exploits. The retail sector was hardest hit by those attacks, followed by media, entertainment, hotel and travel companies.

Listen to the episode.