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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 27, 2013 1:16 PM

Opera Browser Hacked

A note of caution for Akamai customers and anyone else using the Opera web browser: Hackers have broken into Opera's internal network. As a result, thousands of users have been the unfortunate recipients of malware.According to a report on the E Hacking News site, the culprits were able to exploit an expired Opera code-signing certificate. "Cybercriminals used the certificate to send their malware and distributed the malicious software to thousands

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 27, 2013 5:35 AM

Experiencing Compliance From The Inside Out

One of the big educations I've been getting since joining Akamai's InfoSec group is what it's like to deal with the multiple tasks of compliance from within an organization. As a journalist, I always tackled the subject from the outside, where I'd ask a company which regulations they were bound by, and which security procedures they had adopted as a result.Now I'm inside a publicly-traded corporation that is on the

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 26, 2013 5:44 AM

Akamai InfoSec Has Become More Social

Akamai InfoSec has some new social networking accounts designed to keep the focus squarely on what our team is up to while inviting customers and the wider industry in to share ideas and ask us questions.In the past week we've created new pages on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ -- and we ask you all to "like," "follow" and add the team to your online social circles.For now, these accounts

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 24, 2013 10:55 AM

Blunting Attacks During Olympic-sized Events

InfoSec receives many questions from Akamai customers on a daily basis. Yesterday, someone asked if we had a case study on attack vectors against the 2012 London Olympics. The customer has a big event coming up, and wanted a picture of what they're up against -- and how they can defend against it all to keep their sites running smoothly. As it turns out, CSIRT Director Michael Smith wrote something on that

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 24, 2013 6:09 AM

Blogs From Akamai's InfoSec Team (Updated)

Akamai's InfoSec team does a lot of blogging, both on the company site and in personal, security-oriented blogs where they offer opinions that are theirs and not always their employer's. What follows is a directory of who is blogging and where. I'll update the list as more examples come to my attention, but for now I hope you'll check out these sites. In a future post, I'll point you to

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 21, 2013 8:34 AM

'InfoSec's Jerk Problem,' By Christian Ternus

I wanted to take a moment to flag a post from another blog that's well worth your time, especially if you want to get a better understanding of the security industry culture. It's from Akamai InfoSec's own Christian Ternus. The subject is something any industry can relate to -- the so-called "jerk problem."An excerpt:Put bluntly: to others, we're jerks.If you don't think this is a problem, you can stop reading here.The

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 20, 2013 6:39 AM

Bug Bounty Programs A Turning Point For Microsoft

Here in Akamai's InfoSec department, we constantly remind employees and customers to keep up on all the latest security patchesin their environment. Since Windows is everywhere in the business world, it's particularly important to keep an eye on Microsoft's patching efforts. This week, the software giant made a big move in the name of vulnerability management, unleashing bug bounty programs that will likely lead to many more security patches in

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 18, 2013 5:44 AM

Who Is George Penguin?

One of the more challenging tasks as the new guy in Akamai's InfoSec department is getting to know George Penguin. He's our mascot and ambassador of good will. His likeness is everywhere in the office, most notably in the form of soft, stuffed toys that dominate the workspace like an invasion of the tribbles from "Star Trek." I met George long before starting this job, and I admit that I've

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 17, 2013 8:41 AM

Lessons From Akamai InfoSec Training

Though I've written about InfoSec for the past decade, I've still had my moments of shame. There was the time last year when I fell for one of the oldest social engineering tricks in the book, clicking the link on a direct Twitter message where someone I worked with asked if I'd seen the nasty post someone wrote about me. The co-worker's Twitter account had been hijacked and similar messages