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No matter what else she does in her day, Judy Piper is, first and foremost, a people manager. Her role as a senior engineering manager in the Enterprise business unit is all about empowering others, and her curiosity and fearlessness help her succeed. Judy recently answered a few questions about her cool new project, her advice to others and her favorite extreme sport.
From an IT management perspective, remote access management can be complex. Deployment, administration, testing and compliance is often multifaceted and time consuming, and security is an on-going concern. Granted, I have talked with IT professionals who tell me VPNs - being the primary remote access technology deployed by enterprises - are not difficult to deploy and maintain. They tell me VPNs are a 'set it and forget it' technology, and
The pervasiveness of technology has meant automation of tasks, allowing better productivity, with more time to do more. However, the dark side of technology would be that enterprises and individuals alike are vulnerable to cybercrimes, compromise of identities, loss of data and subject to malicious attacks. In our recent 'State of the Internet / Security Q4 2016 report', we reported that Akamai mitigated 3,826 distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack
One of the questions I am frequently asked about the State of the Internet is how things are changing - what are the trends we see in the data? As we've just closed out the ninth year of publication of the Connectivity report, I thought that it would be a good time to take look back and see just how much better things have gotten since the initial report, which
Kona Site Defender is our flagship Web Application Firewall and DDoS Mitigation solution at Akamai. Back in the days of the Al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, Brobot ("It's not OK, bro"), and the "holy 100 Gbps attack!", we had a saying around Akamai: "Kona Site Defender customers come for the DDoS, but they stay for the WAF". The general idea was that it took a headline-grabbing DDoS attack to make customers and
When Matt Soares was offered a role at Akamai, it was the flexibility that sold him. "It allowed me to make it my own and I thought that was pretty cool!" he said. Today, Matt is the lifeline of the Akamai Americas campuses as the manager of facilities operations. If a employee's office isn't below freezing, they can probably thank him. During his days at Akamai, he's involved in
With the acquisition of Soha Systems, Akamai's vision of bringing a simpler, more secure access approach to the enterprise is now available. We have blogged about this, most notably an excellent piece penned by Lorenz Jakober titled "Secure Enterprise Access Needs to Evolve". If this is a new topic for you, the case for enterprises needing a new access model is: VPNs, a staple of IT Networking for more than
Today, we published the Fourth Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet / Connectivity Report. This issue of the report concludes its ninth year of publication. Over that time, everyone involved with the report at Akamai has worked hard to make it one of Akamai's most successful thought leadership programs. And of course, our readers have made the report a success through their ongoing interest in, and use of, its data,
The fourth quarter of 2016 was relatively quiet for web application attacks. The biggest sales season of the year usually signals a marked increase in the number of attacks for all customers - especially retailers. Many merchants breathed a sigh of relief at not being attacked during their most important shopping days.