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Jim Black

July 14, 2021 9:00 AM

Location- and Device-agnostic Security for the Mobil ...

I've spent my entire career in technology and can still recall the time when a desktop PC was the only way to work. (Truth be told, I'm also old enough to remember dumb terminals.) I also remember my first company laptop -- a beast of a thing with a monochrome display so thick it came with an integrated 2.5" floppy drive and a battery life that made it barely usable.

Jim Black

Jim Black

July 7, 2021 9:00 AM

Your Employees Want Passwordless. Isn't It Time You ...

I hate passwords. There, I said it. I dread getting an email from Akamai IT telling me it will soon be time to update my password. I procrastinate until the last possible moment instead of immediately doing what is actually a trivial process. I suspect I'm not alone in my dislike for passwords. The reality is, security professionals are also not huge fans of passwords. The ever-increasing rigor on password

Jim Black

Jim Black

June 29, 2021 9:00 AM

The Threat That Never Went Away Is Back (with a Veng ...

What is your recollection of May 2017? Emmanuel Macron won the French election. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus gave its final performance after a 146-year run. The U.S. FCC voted to overturn net neutrality rules. And the National Health Service in the United Kingdom was crippled by a massive ransomware attack that ended up costing over $120 million. Fast-forward four years, and ransomware is once again making

Jim Black

Jim Black

May 21, 2021 6:00 AM

Why FIDO2 Is the Answer to Better Security

A groundbreaking increase in security incidents is affecting governments around the world. In light of this, the United States issued a formal order to implement a robust set of security measures designed to improve the security of federal systems. In his most recent executive order, President Biden acknowledged that the United States and many other governments around the world are facing increasing malicious cyberattacks. In order to prevent, and recover

Jim Black

Jim Black

April 26, 2021 9:00 AM

Don't Risk Getting Caught by Kr3pto Phishing Kits

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

Jim Black

Jim Black

March 17, 2021 9:00 AM

Phish-Proof Multi-Factor Authentication with Akamai ...

Today, Akamai announced Akamai MFA, a phish-proof multi-factor authentication (MFA) service for the workforce that delivers all of the security benefits of FIDO2 with the frictionless end-user experience of a mobile push on a smartphone. Why has Akamai introduced this new service?

Jim Black

Jim Black

March 9, 2021 9:00 AM

Is MFA a Security Illusion?

A recent Akamai Security blog post, Massive Campaign Targeting UK Banks Bypassing 2FA, written by my colleague Or Katz, is a great insight into how attackers used very simple techniques to bypass two-factor (2FA) authentication security to obtain access to U.K. consumers' bank accounts.

Jim Black

Jim Black

February 9, 2021 9:00 AM

Phishing: Holiday Season Attacks on the Rise

Overview Phishing continues to be a major attack vector, and it's surprising just how many security incidents and breaches start with an employee clicking on a link in a carefully crafted phishing email (and sometimes doing the same with a not-so-well crafted phishing email -- see this example).

Jim Black

Jim Black

January 12, 2021 9:00 AM

Emotet: A Year in the Life of a Malware

Overview Emotet malware has been around since 2014, but 2020 saw a resurgence of attacks. In September 2020, Emotet affected 14% of organizations worldwide. So, what is Emotet? And why is it so dangerous?