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Like many people around the world, my hair has grown profusely in the past few months and bears little resemblance to the photo in my profile. Without the required care and attention, my hair is getting dangerously close to the bad hairstyles I adopted in the 1980s.
On June 21, 2020, Akamai mitigated the largest packet per second (PPS) distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack ever recorded on the Akamai platform. The attack generated 809 million packets per second (Mpps), targeting a large European bank.
It always surprises me how easily a community can adapt to a new situation or reality. What was once considered an outlier or even an unimaginable situation can quickly become our new normal.
Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and Continuous Delivery methods have become increasingly popular amongst development and operations teams as a means of maintaining high-performing websites. Code repositories, build servers, and configuration management systems are now industry standards, as these tools replace cumbersome manual touchpoints with transparent automated workflows. Consequently, DevOps CI/CD tools are an effective means of delivering a more reliable end product to customers.
Seeing opportunities as residential internet services have been transformed into business internet services, ISPs and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) are making moves to use the power of their networks to protect customers. As they progress through the decision and deployment cycles, we often get questions about Best Practices for service delivery. This blog post summarizes the insights we've gained working with dozens of customers around the world.
(If You Think Multi-Factor Authentication Prevents Credential Stuffing, Think Again!) Financial services firms around the world are experiencing credential stuffing attacks at an alarming rate. Cybercriminals are using readily available automation tools, botnets, and compromised account credentials to mount increasingly sophisticated and stealthy attacks. Many businesses are using multi-factor authentication (MFA) to strengthen access security and combat credential theft. While useful and necessary, MFA does not necessarily prevent credential stuffing.
If you want to see an argument break out among identity professionals, mention single sign-on (SSO) and consumer session management. As fast as this technology's evolved is as fast as it's become one of the most contentiously debated topics in the field.
As we know, Adaptive Acceleration's umbrella consists of the below features:
Consumer retail is a major economic driver around the world. Global retail revenue was estimated at $24 trillion in 2018, split between $21.2 trillion of in-store spend and $2.8 trillion online.
DNS and security have had a long and tangled relationship. The DNS has always been an attractive target since it's a network leverage point. At DNS OARC 30 in Bangkok in 2019, Akamai's Ralf Weber did a presentation called DNS Security: Past, Present, and Future (It's Not Easy) covering numerous DNS security issues that have arisen over the years. Various forms of DNS-DDoS were a recurring theme in the presentation.
We are profoundly distressed by the racism, bigotry and violence committed against people of color in our society and by public institutions. Here at Akamai, we have no tolerance for discrimination. We value our diversity. It is a strength of our organization. And in a moment when many people are feeling hurt, frustrated and angry, we have an urgent opportunity to embrace this strength and stand up for it in