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September 2020 Archives
The pressures on application and web development teams to deliver exceptional customer experiences have never been greater than they are at this time. With consumer expectations growing, the ability of developers to deliver fresh, leading-edge digital experiences confidently and at high velocity is at a premium.
2020 has been a year of epic change as we all work together to minimize the adverse impact of COVID-19. There's been extensive coverage in blogs and media as businesses navigated a rapid transition to remote work for their employees and pivoted to address an entirely new set of security considerations.
Optimize your streaming content catalog The debate is over. Common Media Application Format (CMAF) has delivered on its promise: one package to serve them all. Two of the highest profile direct-to-consumer (DTC) streaming service launches recently made the leap, validating that the time has come for CMAF.
I'm a developer advocate at Akamai and a huge proponent for the open source initiative. So, today I am going to tell you a story of how a regular person like you or me can make an impact with just a little bit of goodwill, and a pinch of open source.
We are pleased to share that Akamai has been identified as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem Platform Providers, Q3 2020.
Before we dive straight into the magical unicorn from heaven that is serverless computing embedded within the CDN edge (a direct customer quote that I want on a team T-shirt soon), let's first level-set on some basic concepts of computing. In the context of web experiences, IoT device messaging, and really anything else that travels across the public internet, compute can happen in three venues:
Akamai has been a leader in customer service for years, and we've leveraged that experience to best support our customers through the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes our internal customers, our employees who are working hard to do their jobs while adjusting to a full-time remote environment. This is brand new for all of us, so it's more important than ever to listen to their needs.
This is the first in a series of blog posts that will discuss how smart DNS resolvers can enhance ongoing ISP and MNO network transformation efforts such as the transition to 5G, better integration of Wi-Fi, and new network designs that optimize the edge to improve service delivery and network efficiency.
Akamai has been a strong advocate for water conservation by supporting early-stage innovations. This World Water Monitoring Day (September 18), we present the inspiring work of one of our innovators -- Foundation For Environmental Monitoring (FFEM), based in Bangalore, India -- that is working on developing open source devices to monitor key environmental parameters such as water and soil.
Our three-part blog series, Re-thinking Defensive Strategy at the Edge, has been focusing on outlining a new defensive edge strategy for today's enterprise. We began with a discussion of data and indicators. Most recently, our second post focused on using risk signals and correlating them for improved security controls. This last post in the series will transition the discussion from data and correlation into how to use these to enable
As a former Gartner analyst and now a strategist at Akamai, I have had several conversations with CISOs across the world on the topic of "designing a future-ready security architecture."
In the first post in our blog series Rethinking Defensive Strategy at the Edge, we began to outline why a new defensive edge strategy is needed for today's enterprise. As previously mentioned, the strategy enhances those in place and introduces another layer of defense that includes the following three components: data and indicators, risk-based signals and entities, and protective actions. This post explores user entities as well as risk-based signals
In recent years, new enterprise remote access architectures and frameworks have been introduced, such as Zero Trust Access (ZTA). Those concepts have driven changes in the way the network perimeter has been defined -- specifically, from the outside in, not the inside out. Access to applications and services usually start from users and devices outside of traditional on-premises network perimeters.
The FBI has released a flash warning that thousands of organizations around the world, and across multiple industries, have been threatened with DDoS attacks unless they pay a bitcoin ransom. This ransom DDoS, or RDoS, threat was covered by Akamai's Security Intelligence Response Team (SIRT) in a Security Alert released on August 17, 2020.
SQL injections were first discovered in 1998, and over 20 years later, they remain an unsolved challenge and an ongoing threat for every web application and API. The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) highlighted injection flaws in its Top 10 lists for both web application security risks and API security threats.
It's no secret that security threats continue to expand in volume and variety, making headlines on virtually a daily basis. From nation-state attacks, corporate espionage, and data exfiltration campaigns to all-in-one and sneaker bot campaigns, businesses across the globe find themselves dealing with a deluge of inbound threats. The increased amount and variation of threats, and the proliferation of apps being deployed and managed by teams and individuals across the
To attract and retain customers, you must offer an exceptional digital experience. In an increasingly competitive business climate, organizations are fighting to maintain loyalty and keep users engaged online. The cost of switching is low, consumers are transient, and user expectations for how digital experiences should perform have never been higher.
We are clearly in a "new" golden age of TV. Audiences around the world have never had so many viewing options available. This has led to a creative surge in new groundbreaking storytelling and entertainment as both broadcasters and digital giants try to maintain the loyalty of their viewers. This is a double-edged sword however, because as the production of great content increases, so do the opportunities for video pirates.
Cybercriminals continue to target U.S. state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government organizations. In 2019, there were more than 100 ransomware attacks -- including an attack on Baltimore's IT systems that locked out thousands of computers and disrupted nearly every city service. This attack is estimated to have cost the city as much as $18 million.