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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 27, 2013 5:28 AM

Akamai FedRAMP Compliance is Huge for Security

Yesterday was a big day around here. We achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) compliance as a cloud services provider. Big deal, you say? Why, yes. It is. FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program that standardizes the approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Specifically, Akamai's globally distributed, publicly shared cloud services platform has received "Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO)" from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB). As Akamai Public Sector VP Tom

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 26, 2013 6:41 AM

DDoS Attacks: China's Weekend of Irony

I can't help but see irony in all the news reports this morning about China suffering one of the worst DDoS attacks it has ever seen. China is usually seen as the place where attacks begin, a perception bolstered by findings in Akamai's most recent "State of The Internet" report. Of all the reports on the weekend DDoS against China, this passage from The Wall Street Journal's article explains things best,

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 23, 2013 6:31 AM

Mapping Networks and Data: Safety in Numbers

Last week I wrote about how redundancy of systems is an important part of Akamai's security at Planetary Scale. This post focuses on another way we keep Internet traffic flowing smoothly in the face of attempted attacks: network and data mapping. Also see: "2003 Blackout: An Early Lesson in Planetary Scale?" Mapping isn't a security technique in itself. Every big network can be mapped out. But there is certainly a

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 22, 2013 9:10 AM

DDoS Attacks Used As Cover For Other Crimes

Protecting customers from DDoS attacks is an Akamai InfoSec specialty. When we see DDoS attempts against our customers, the typical thinking is that someone is doing it to force sites into downtime, which can cost a business millions in lost online sales. But sometimes, these attacks are simply a cover operation to distract the victim while something else is going on. A story that caught our attention in SC Magazine and elsewhere

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 16, 2013 8:32 AM

Microsoft's August Patch Matrix

Microsoft released it's monthly patch load this week. To help identify and deploy the security fixes, here's a table showing the different bulletins, the severity of the flaws, and the products impacted. Bulletin IDBulletin Title and Executive SummaryMaximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability ImpactRestart RequirementAffected SoftwareMS13-059Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2862772) This security update resolves eleven privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 14, 2013 5:05 AM

2003 Blackout: An Early Lesson in Planetary Scale?

On the drive to work this morning, I listened to a report about this being the 10th anniversary of the massive blackout that plunged an area from New York City to Toronto into darkness. I immediately thought of a post Akamai CSO Andy Ellis wrote recently called "Environmental Controls at Planetary Scale."It might be overreaching to say the 2003 blackout was an early case study in the success and failures

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 12, 2013 6:09 AM

Microsoft Security Patches Coming Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the second Tuesday of the month, which those of us in security know as Patch Tuesday -- the day Microsoft unloads its security updates. It's an important calendar item for Akamai customers, given how dominant Windows machines are in many companies.Late last week, Microsoft offered a preview of what to expect. What follows is a chart showing the number of bulletins planned, along with the severity and products

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 9, 2013 6:17 AM

#FFSec: Security Pros on Twitter Who Will Show You T ...

Those who know me are aware of my fondness for Follow Friday -- a tradition on Twitter where people recognize the folks whose tweets keep them inspired and informed. In my case, the focus is on people in the InfoSec community. I have a list on Twitter that will show you 275 security pros I currently follow. You can see their bios and press the follow button on those you

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 8, 2013 5:59 AM

Quick Wins with Website Protection Services

Securosis analyst Mike Rothman recently wrote a paper on the benefits of website protection services (WPS). I recommend you give it a read, as it's some of the most descriptive research I've seen on the subject. Content in the report was developed independently of any sponsors and is based on material originally posted on the Securosis blog. It concludes that website protection services can add measurable security to your web presence in