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Did you know around 300 hours of video content is uploaded to YouTube every minute of every day? That's a staggering amount of content.
Akamai CEO and co-founder Tom Leighton discusses the company's cybersecurity and data protection business. He speaks with Caroline Hyde from the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art on Bloomberg Technology. (Source: Bloomberg)
Attention world: In 2018, we officially surpassed 4 billion internet users - and there are no signs of adoption rate slowing down. Yet the Internet as we know it has only been around since the 1990s. Along with it, different iterations of virtual private networks (VPNs) have been created and utilized. Why have end users used this technology to connect remotely to private networks on a gigantic scale? Simply, they
Akamai's global platform is comprised of 240,000 servers in 3,750 locations within 134 countries. Additionally, our platform interacts with 1.3 billion client devices every day and we ingest 2.5 exabytes of data a year. So why are these stats important?
It may seem strange to apply concepts from Chinese philosophy to an IT security model, but representing complex ideas in simple terms can be a powerful tool for understanding and communicating. By viewing zero trust through the lens of Yin and Yang, we see that to be complete, the scope of the model must include how users and devices access all resources. This includes not just our own applications
2018 is a pivotal year for the integrity of our electoral process. The threat to the digital infrastructure of our elections is proliferating to a level that has not been seen before. Officials are working tirelessly to protect your vote by proactively identifying vulnerabilities and targeting threats that may compromise our process. Cloud Security provider Akamai has been actively working to provide various State, Local and Federal level threat reporting.
It's springtime, and the only people with the holidays on their minds are in the retail business. This holiday season was a record-breaking one, with combined revenue for Black Friday and Cyber Monday alone exceeding $11.5 billion. To build on that momentum, smart retailers will take a closer look at the key drivers for growth in 2017 to adopt retail strategies that position their companies for success in 2018.
Artificial intelligence has gained a lot of attention in recent years as the technology matures well past the "proof of concept" stage and offers tangible, real-world applications. Demand for AI-based solutions has grown at a rapid clip: According to a recent ResearchandMarkets report, the global AI market is expected to increase at a 36 percent compound annual growth rate through 2025, when it will be valued at $190 billion.
The second Sunday in May is a special day for everyone because it's Mother's Day. It's also a special day for retailers, as it represents another peak period and serves as the halfway point between the prior year's Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) and the upcoming year's retail holidays. The retail spending during Mother's Day provides a pulse on how the spending will be during the major holidays at the
Why customer experience is essential to (C)IAM success. Ten years ago identity and access management (IAM) solutions were used almost exclusively to control access by employees and contractors to enterprise resources. IAM solutions were architected to prevent access by unknown parties to company data and systems, while allowing a limited set of vetted and approved users access based on their job roles. It's no surprise that customer experience wasn't high
The dramatic growth of mobile devices, the widespread availability of always-on fast wireless networks, and the rapid adoption of cloud applications have transformed the viability of remote working. Employers are increasingly adopting flex schedules, implementing work from home options, and otherwise enabling their employees to work "off the grid". Here at Akamai, my coworkers can be found all over the globe - setting up shop in places like hotels, coffee
Akamai's John Summers, VP & CTO, spoke at the recent Evanta Global CIO Executive Summit, a gathering of 75 major organization CIOs. His session was titled, "Cloud Security - Adopt Zero Trust and Put Asset-Level Safeguards in Place." Here are some of the key questions he addressed.
More and more companies are looking at alternatives to VPNs due to the security risks associated with network level access. And increasingly, the goal is to eliminate network trust through a zero trust architecture - which is one of the primary reasons many of these organizations are deploying Akamai's Enterprise Application Access (EAA) and Enterprise Threat Protector solutions. However, for EAA in particular, another key driver and unique differentiator is
Digital transformation is occurring faster than most people realize, and is impacting every component of the IT organization. Some of the many catalysts include users and applications moving outside the traditional perimeter, users accessing applications that are anywhere, and utilizing many different types of devices. IT organizations are now challenged to keep pace with this transformation, while simultaneously ensuring critical resources are protected.
Phishing is an extremely common attack vector that has been used for many years, and the potential impact and risks involved are well known to most Internet users. Despite this, phishing is still a highly relevant attack method being used in the wild, affecting many people. The question is, how can a security threat continue to have a significant impact, even though many Internet users know about the risks and
A common misconception I've heard in the field is that a tradeoff exists between easy access for applications and network security. For example, companies want to allow their sales team, partners, and prospects access into demo environments. With traditional access solutions, there is a question of who gets what level of access. Issues like intellectual property exposure, open attack surfaces, and multiple untracked users add to the complication. Beyond