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Written by Asaf Nadler and Avi Aminov Updated 2/14/19 After the initial publication of this blog post, Asaf Nadler and Avi Aminov wrote a paper on the detection of malicious and low throughput data exfiltration over the DNS protocol. The DNS protocol is a naming system for host machines and an essential component in the functionality of the Internet. The vast number of domains and subdomains on the Internet today
This Guest blog was written by Robert Mahowald, a Group Vice President at IDC who leads IDC's Worldwide Applications research practice, in addition to co-leading IDC's Cloud Services: Global Overview program. A surprising set of facts emerged from the most recent quarterly installment of IDC's CloudView 2017 survey (February 2017, n= 6,212 tech buyer respondents in 31 countries): Year-over-year, the percent of organizations sourcing their tech capability from cloud providers
Provider networks continue to experience growth in traffic, which raises costs, without corresponding growth in revenues. Accommodating this growth and increasing complexity while managing costs is forcing CSPs to assess how they build and maintain their networks. Everyone agrees everything ultimately resolves to software and fortunately there's been considerable innovation that will support provider business imperatives.
DNS was first conceived in 1983, back when one of the most memorable movie quotes of all time was popularized: "Go ahead, make my day" (Clint Eastwood in "Sudden Impact"). The internet as we know it today did not yet exist; however, ARPANET, its predecessor network, was the exclusive domain of a small group of academics and researchers, so no one gave much thought to security. A lot has changed.
Written by Mani Sundaram, SVP Global Services & Support; Francis Trentley, VP Security Services & Support; Roger Barrango, Director Global Security Operations. Hurricane Irma affected millions this week. As always here at Akamai, taking care of people comes first, and the wellbeing of our team was the foremost priority. Akamai had both personnel and facilities in the storm path and operated with an abundance of caution to ensure the safety
This Guest blog was written by Martha Gomez Vazquez, a Senior Research Analyst for IDC's Infrastructure Services research practice focusing on Security Services and Hardware & Software Support and Deployment. The widespread success of security breaches over the past few years has proven beyond a doubt that the security threat landscape continues to evolve on a daily basis, forcing organizations to constantly rethink their security posture. At the same time,
Written by Sr. Solutions Engineer, Micah Maryn. Most folks around the Washington DC beltway have heard the cybersecurity Executive Order (EO 13800 - Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure) referred to as a simple risk assessment. But the reality is that it is much more about broadly modernizing federal IT infrastructure and improving the cybersecurity of our federal networks. Sure, the first step is a risk management
Background Akamai Technologies recently contributed its "Serve Stale" DNS algorithm to Version 9 of the Internet Systems Consortium's (ISC) Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) open source Domain Name System (DNS) project. As the Internet's most widely used DNS implementation, BIND operates ubiquitously throughout the Internet. The ongoing availability of answers from BIND servers is a critical element for the ongoing availability of the Internet for many users.
*Akamai would like to acknowledge the research by F5 containing additional information on the capabilities of this malware, released September 2nd. Finding new features The WireX botnet was discovered due to its role in a series of prolonged attacks against several organizations. It was brought to our attention, thanks to researchers at 360.cn, that some WireX samples found in the wild appeared to have additional UDP attack capabilities that weren't
The cyber threat landscape is dynamic and accelerating. 2017 has already seen several large-scale ransomware attacks that crippled private and public organizations across the globe. More than 390,000 malicious programs continue to be registered every programs are registered every day.1 And significant data breaches have been reported since January, revealing the sensitive personal information of billions of customers to date.2 While it is estimated that cyber crime currently costs the