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On April 20, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released an alert on the exploitation of Pulse Connect Secure Vulnerabilities with Alert AA21-110A: Exploitation of Pulse Connect Secure Vulnerabilities, as well as Emergency Directive (ED) 21-03, after a FireEye blog shed light on security incidents involving compromises of Pulse Secure VPN appliances. The directive outlines the specific actions all US federal agencies should take
As with any standardization effort, development of 5G specifications accounted for numerous technology trends and new use cases. Network functions were designed for virtualization and automation to enhance operational efficiency and agility. At the same time, smart devices were in the midst of a steep ascent, and there was clear business value in new applications that took advantage of the optimized service characteristics of 5G, with somewhat cryptic names like
Reflecting on the cybersecurity threat landscape in 2020, we can't overlook the massive changes that landed on us. Global security attacks increased at a significant pace between 2019 and 2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic only deepened these troubling conditions. As corporations tried to adapt to remote working practices and other environmental changes, cybercriminals ramped up their attacks. By following the trends, we will try to show the clear line of
While those of us in places like the U.S. are experiencing some relief with access to the COVID-19 vaccine, it has been heartbreaking to see surges in infection, hospitalization, and death across the globe, including the dire situation in India. Bengaluru is Akamai's largest office. And while the majority of our employees there have been working remotely for over a year, everyone has been affected by the devastation. I grew
Akamai's threat research team recently published a report showing that a new phishing toolkit named Kr3pto was targeting UK banking customers. A phishing kit is an all-in-one software package that lets just about anyone create and launch phishing attacks designed to steal user data by posing as a trusted entity. In the past, attackers needed to clone the target site, but now kits have evolved to include the decoy, making
There are 4.66 billion (yes, with a B) internet users. Rough math will tell us that's three in every five people around the world -- talk about lessening the six degrees. I see head nods and shoulder shrugs. 4.66 billion people? Ehh, that number feels a bit low, especially given the pervasive role the internet has in our lives today. Let's contextualize that number for a moment. Our reliance on
Moving everything closer to the edge is the key to delivering better, faster experiences to people through billions of devices around the world. The idea of edge computing isn't new -- Akamai customers have been caching content at the edge for decades, taking advantage of lower latency and heightened security. But now many companies are taking that idea further, using Akamai EdgeWorkers to deploy custom code at the edge. EdgeWorkers
Akamai has been named a Gartner Peer Insights Customers' Choice for Web Application Firewalls (for the second time).
"Working from home 2021" was the title of my talk at The Cyber Security Summit in January, and the strikethrough is important. After a massive shift away from common workspaces in response to the global pandemic, there is no more working remotely or working from home, there is just working. The axiom, "work is what you do, not where you go" has never before been so true. The possibility
By: Akamai Earth Month Guest Blog by Kenda Carlson, Senior Manager, WeSpire There's a fascinating human phenomenon often studied in the behavioral science field called the intention-action gap. It's when you have every intention of doing something, but it just doesn't happen. It's when you say you care about your health, but eat junk food. When you say you care about workers' rights, but buy products manufactured in unethical
Baylor wasn't the only big winner in the 2021 men's college basketball tournament. Gambling industry-related web traffic delivered by Akamai jumped 31% over the category average for all of Q4 2020 on March 31st. That was the day after the field of four finalists - Baylor, Houston, Gonzaga and UCLA - was set. Traffic leading up to the championship was comparatively subdued, peaking at a modest 8% above average prior
We all know that we're on camera pretty much constantly -- most coffee shops, convenience stores, and even offices employ security cameras for protection. But what happens when those devices built to keep us safe become unsafe? Hacks are becoming more frequent and attacking personal, private data through expanding channels. A recent widespread breach involving data from 150,000 security cameras has renewed industry discussions around the safety of IoT devices.
To Akamai's Co-Founder Danny Lewin, calling someone a "Titan" was the highest praise he would give. Danny himself was a remarkably talented and hard-working leader whose heart, passion, and spirit still inspire us. Today, Danny's accolade is used to honor those exceptional people who are known for making extraordinary contributions to Akamai. We would like to congratulate the individuals listed below for their accomplishments in 2020 that have earned them
The first rule of edge compute thought leadership is: don't overuse the term edge. Over the course of my blog series on the topic, I have defined the edge, explained edge computing, and discussed the economics of edge computing. There have also been a few articles in which I've discussed how confusing this can all be for people to understand. In an effort to tie it all together, I wanted