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Live streaming has grown immensely over the years. Today, we can watch live events from all around the world via our laptops, mobile phones, set-top-boxes, Smart TVs, and other connected devices.
Written by Jon Reed & Barry Greene DNS Flag Day is an industry event that promotes the adoption of the most up-to-date DNS features and ensures that non-standards-compliant servers don't negatively impact the global performance of the Internet. The 2019 DNS Flag Day will remove a number of workarounds regarding servers that do not fully support the EDNS0 (RFC 6891) extensions.
There are two types of companies: Those who have been hacked, and those who don't yet know they have been hacked1 With data breaches frequently making the news and causing panic among network administrators, the above statement by former Cisco boss John Chambers in 2015 certainly doesn't seem far-fetched. I don't remember a week in 2018 going by where I wasn't learning of a data breach and how sophisticated the
Is it too late to still say "Happy New Year?" We don't think so. We're kicking off 2019 with our first issue of the State of the Internet / Security.
Application Servers are implemented as a means of providing services and making resources available to users. However, any server connected to the Internet is inevitably targeted by malicious users using open listening ports. There are millions of these ports on the Internet, which means there is plenty of opportunity to exploit these open services.
As mentioned in the 2018 Year in Review State of the Internet / Security report, trends in DDoS are remarkably stable. The size of the largest attacks have grown by approximately 6% on an annual basis, with occasional outliers like the Mirai botnet. The median size of attacks has been much more changeable, with a cyclic growth and retreat on a two year basis. Unluckily, the ebb of DDoS is
Identities are complicated. Getting to know someone well takes time and effort. When you first meet someone new, you ask a lot of questions to understand who they are and how you should relate to them. Social context also provides many cues for us as individuals. As relationships deepen, the nuance of individual personalities becomes revealed to us as we probe deeper, and also create shared experiences with others.
Protecting against online crime and fraud in an interconnected, cross-device world is more challenging than ever for companies transacting valuable assets with other companies over the Internet, selling products or information in a web application, or under regulatory compliance mandates.
Digital transformation is a challenging and complex endeavor, and it's easy to get tripped up by unforeseen issues. For many organizations, the focal point of their digital transformation strategies is throwing their weight behind new mobile initiatives. These can often include both internal and customer-facing platforms, designed for a variety of purposes. A mobile platform is only as good as the user experience (UX) it provides, and businesses that fail
The rise of the digital-native consumer creates tremendous opportunities for organizations to develop deeper relationships with their customers in support of their business objectives. Whether the goals are to acquire new leads, increase on-site engagement, collect and leverage customer insights or all of the above, a comprehensive customer identity and access management (CIAM) solution will play a critical role.
Truly knowing the customer is key to marketing success today. And it's not just about knowing their name, but understanding their true identity. The technology that makes this possible is known as customer identity and access management (CIAM).
Authentication might be the single biggest hazard for web security over the next decade. It's not that the fundamentals of authentication are particularly challenging; we've understood the basic principles behind password management, push-based authorization, and device certificates for some time. But managing those at scale, and navigating to a more secure world -- maybe one without passwords someday -- requires a level of investment and focus that is, for most
If you asked anyone 10 years ago who the winner would be in the over online video formats, you would have heard some strong opinions -- and some incorrect predictions. Video standards and formats will continue to change as long as users demand new ways to view content. AkamaiTV's Nelson Rodriguez recently met with Encoding.com President Jeff Malkin to discuss who can possibly win in the war for a common
Rewards programs have long been synonymous with retailers and brand manufacturers, but over the past couple of years, entertainment and media companies have started getting in on the action. Given the increased competition from streaming applications, OTT content providers and other media services, it's only natural that players in the entertainment industry would look for new ways to differentiate themselves and better engage fanbases.
Part 2 - Security In the first post, web performance was discussed, especially for the mobile visitor. While web performance is critically important, security is also a vital area of focus and investment because, threat actors don't take holidays. They're always out on the internet probing sites, looking for vulnerabilities and ways to steal data or take over sites. They are however, keenly aware of holidays and what that
Predicting and preparing for peak traffic volume and resource demands is a difficult task for online retailers around the world. They need to be ready for both expected and unexpected traffic spikes at any time. No one wants the CEO on their doorstep asking why their website is down and losing revenue every second it remains offline. In this post, the first of two parts, I'll share key web
Over the last two years, we've seen a surge in OTT offerings as viewers insist on watching what they want, when they want, on any device, anywhere. Major content creators like Netflix and Amazon have made significant strides to push this technology into the mainstream, however true mass adoption will happen when traditional broadcast companies adopt OTT in a significant way. AkamaiTV's Ian Munford recently sat down with Mark Harrison
Customer loyalty platforms truly came into their own in 2018, as more brands realized that rewards programs could offer more to their customers than just cost-savings, thereby driving long-term value. Forrester Research shows that customers who feel valued are far more likely to continue buying from a brand, increase the amount they spend with that brand and even advocate for it.
It somehow doesn't seem that long ago, but nineteen years ago during Y2K I spent my New Year's Eve in the Akamai Network Operations center, waiting to respond to anything that might go awry as the clock struck midnight in key time zones such as Greenwich and Boston. As of January 9, 2019, we are roughly half-way from Y2K to "Y2038", the next large time epoch roll-over event. In 2038
After years of hype, AI is finally making headway in industries like manufacturing, medicine and transportation -- and it's beginning to play a supporting role in media & entertainment. AkamaiTV's Paul Jackson chatted with Peter Chave, Principal Architect here at Akamai, to learn how AI is stepping into the spotlight to not only change how content is produced, but also how we interact with it.
The breathtaking pace at which everyone and everything is becoming connected is having a profound effect on digital business, from delivering exceptional experiences, to ensuring the security of your customers, applications, and workforce.
Authentication on the World Wide Web is badly broken. We all know it, or at least sense it. Every web site or mobile app that we want to use asks us to register and set up yet another account with yet another username and password. With the typical end user having tens of online accounts, this results in a dizzying number of usernames and passwords to keep track of. Or
Christmas Holiday Retail Sales In early November, eMarketer forecast that the 2018 U.S. online retail holiday sales would be $106 billion, a healthy increase of 16.6% over 2017.